New allegations arise about Male High principal's past
WHAS11 has learned that Jefferson County Public Schools reprimanded David Wilson more than three years before recent serious incidents led to his early retirement.
We got a tip from a Male High School employee that Wilson had been repeatedly investigated for inappropriate conduct while serving as principal.
So we asked for records involving prior disciplinary action and we discovered a long account of an incident more than 3 years ago in which administrators say Wilson’s actions put students’ lives and the school district’s security at risk.
The faded pictures from a disposable camera show evidence of what looks like a school prank. Books are scattered and furniture is stacked into a pyramid but the prank that took place at Male High School in May 2006 was different.
According to the investigation report, Principal David Wilson was one of its masterminds.
“We’d never had a principal that had helped assist in a senior prank that could have potentially turned out to be so dangerous,” said JCPS Spokesperson Lauren Roberts.
According to investigators, Wilson met with students and encouraged them to break into the building.
He even promised that if they were caught by police, he would get them out of trouble and handle the situation.
Wilson also advised students to prank the band tower, told them how to climb onto the roof and to encouraged them to target the library.
“Mr. Wilson had informed the students how they could get into the school after hours as well as how to compromise the security system,” said Roberts.
On the night of the prank, students broke in through a window left unlocked and pulled hundreds of books off the library shelves as well as risked life and limb vandalizing other parts of campus.
According to one student, Mr. Wilson later congratulated her, saying “I have one word for you, “bravo.””
But Mr. Wilson didn’t have much at all to say to us.
Wilson announced his sudden retirement a month ago after allegedly showing teachers security footage of students having sex in the cafeteria and after complaints were lodged against him accusing him drinking on the job, making vulgar comments and violating other board policies.
“We tried for a period of time to continue to work with Mr. Wilson on these issues,”
said Roberts. “I guess if it had worked, we would not be at the point where we are now.”
Wilson has served the Jefferson County Public School District since 1978 and was named principal of Male High School in 2000.