NAACP fights to stop Emerson Middle School principal's demotion

Emerson Middle School students in Bakersfield, Calif., on May 18, 2017 protest their principal's demotion. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

The NAACP says it's taking action after Emerson Middle School Principal Kempton Coman's request for demotion caused an uproar among students and parents.

Emerson students took to the streets in protest Thursday evening, voicing their concerns over their principal's demotion.

"I don't see him as a teacher, I see him as a principal," says one student. "He is a good principal."

Now, the local NAACP is getting involved, saying Coman's demotion is not the first school district action for which it's received complaints. Kenisha Edwards and Patrick Jackson with the NAACP said they believe the reason more people don't come forward is because of fear.

"We have had various school personnel come forward with specific issues about being bullied ... to different positions that may not benefit the children," says Edwards.

The district issued the following statement:

"The Bakersfield City School District is committed to the quality education of the students in our classrooms. Changes are necessary in order to accelerate student performance. Sometimes those decisions are unpopular, but every move we make is in the best interest of kids. The District does not discuss personnel matters."

The NAACP says it has reached out to the district and would like to see Coman not demoted to the classroom.

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