CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Capital High School Principal Clinton Giles was back to work Monday after a three-day suspension.
Mark Milam, Kanawha County's assistant superintendent for high schools, confirmed that Giles was allowed to return to work Monday, but wouldn't discuss the details of his suspension, citing personnel rules.
Giles was put on suspension last Wednesday by school system administrators after he failed to follow a directive.
Administrators have stayed quiet on the matter, saying they are not at liberty to discuss personnel matters.
But one school district official who asked not to be named told the Daily Mail last week that the suspension was the result of a conflict involving one student's admission into the school's National Honor Society. Giles made unauthorized changes to the criteria for admission into the club, the source said.
Giles refused to comment when reached last week. He didn't return phone calls Monday.
The long-time principal is no stranger to controversy.
Last spring the central office overruled his decision to prevent about 20 Capital seniors from participating in a graduation ceremony after they came to school in shirts he didn't approve of.
When, in December, a controversy broke out surrounding his decision to make all students stand while the song "Lift Every Voice and Sing" was played over the school's loudspeakers, Giles held his ground at first. But he eventually backed down after a conversation with Superintendent Ron Deurring.
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