Superintendent Shannon Goodsell gets Letter of Reprimand for shouting at student

CASA GRANDE, AZ - A Casa Grande Superintendent received a letter of reprimand Tuesday night after video of him yelling at a student surfaced last week on social media.

Cell phone video captured Casa Grande Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Shannon Goodsell shouting at a student in a classroom after the student was caught without his ID badge, which goes against school policy.

Once parents got wind of the video, they reached out to the board to call for disciplinary action, some even calling for his resignation.

Roughly 100 people came out to the board meeting, some to show support for Goodsell, while others claimed he “invokes fear, neglect and verbal abuse.”

The Superintendent said he regretted raising his voice at the special needs student and apologized, but would not apologize for working to gain control of his school.

“Did we have students who were skipping class and doing inappropriate and illegal activities on that campus? Yes we did,” said Goodsell during the two-hour meeting.

“Wherever there is drugs and drug-use there is also weapons and that is something I cannot tolerate or cannot accept,” he said.

Becky Chavez spoke at the meeting and said her child has been the recipient of Goodsell's yelling.

“You grabbed my child by his arm. Yes. Don’t say no. I have witnesses. I have paper here stating that you disrespected by child,” she said.

The Casa Grand School Board voted 3-2 for the letter of reprimand.

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