Below is a compilation of letters @Dear_JCPS has published regarding the non-inclusive, discriminatory and bullying behaviors exhibited by leadership at duPont Manual High School to date. This list will continue to be updated as more community members come forward.
- At Manual, “When We See Something, We Say Something” Rings Hollow
- Manual parent: “I have had ZERO communication from you, JCPS”
- Teacher: “My torment at the hands of Jerry Mayes”
- Gerald Mayes troubling attitude toward minorities
- Implicated Manual Teacher Issues Brief Statement
- Manual Graduate: Mayes’ Leadership Was “Reign of Bigotry”
- Current Manual Parent: “He Will Not Manipulate Me”
- Justice for The Students of DMHS
- Current Manual Teacher: Consider Limited Perspective of Defenders
- Current Manual Parent: Principal Sets Toxic Environment; Rules by Intimidation
- Ignoring “Minor” Incidents Allows Behavior To Continue
- Manual Principal — Another Opinion
- Manual Graduate: “He Had Issues With Us”
- Parent “Shocked and Appalled” at Manual Principal’s Behavior
- Manual Alumnus: Using My Voice To Help Others
In addition, the BSU has called for Mayes’ resignation.
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