Texas Principal Put on Leave After Linking to Christian Website Now Reinstated

Seven LakesKATY, Texas — A junior high school principal is returning to her job today after she was put on leave earlier this month, possibly for linking to a Christian website in the school’s e-newsletter.

According to reports, Seven Lakes Junior High School Principal Imelda Medrano was placed on leave on Jan. 12, just days after she had included a link in the school’s e-newsletter that belonged to the Christian website Crosswalk.com. The parenting article provided warnings about how sexual predators use apps to prey on children.

“Sexual predators can target your children even when your child is in the room down the hall,” it read. “And sexual predators aren’t the only problem. Cyber-bullying and exposures to sexually inappropriate content are additional concerns.”

But the Katy Independent School District soon sent out an email to parents, instructing them to ignore the article and to refer to the district’s policy on bullying.

“On Friday, January 9, you may have received an eNews containing an article titled ‘9 Most Dangerous Apps for Kids’ which was obtained from a website that had not undergone a thorough review and approval process for content distribution. Please disregard that article and content,” the email read.

However, when asked about why Medrano had been placed on administrative leave, officials would not state why the principal was seemingly being punished or if the link had anything to do with the situation. According to KHOU-TV, the district generally advised that Medrano was not accused of any criminal activity, nor any conduct that would put student safety at risk, but that a review was underway regarding potential issues surrounding administration of Seven Lakes High School.

A group of concerned parents soon launched a Facebook page calling for Medrano’s reinstatement, along with a petition on iPetitions.

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“We, the parents and friends of Seven Lakes Junior High School, have created this petition to show our unwavering support for and desire to have Dr. Imelda Medrano return to active duties as Principal of Seven Lakes Junior High School,” the petition read.

“Dr. Medrano has created a positive culture of growth and learning at the school. She is available and approachable to both parents and students. Her caring and devotion to the school are second to none,” it continued. “[W]e respectfully request that Dr. Medrano be reinstated immediately.”

Supporters on the “Support Dr. Medrano” Facebook page also noted that the Katy ISD Police Department later posted the exact same article that the principal did, but the department soon took it down as well.

On Friday, the district sent out another email, advising that Medrano would return to work on Tuesday.

“Following an administrative review, I am pleased to share that effective Thursday afternoon, January 22, 2015, Dr. Medrano was reinstated as principal at SLJH,” wrote Superintendent Alton Frailey.

“I appointed Dr. Medrano to open SLJH in 2012 and since then, she has demonstrated successful leadership capacity at the school,” he continued. “She has my full support and confidence as she continues as principal at SLJH.”

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  • So they’re objecting not to the content of the article, but to the website itself. So it’s not WHAT you say, it’s WHO you are -basically…even if it’s sound knowledge and advice.
    Hosea 4:6 “my people perish for lack of knowledge”
    1 Corinthians 2:14 “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually
    Proverbs 1:7 ” The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

    • Gary

      They object to who they are because of what they have said. The war is against Christ and therefore against anyone who is perceived to be on the side of Christ..

      • Yeah, It’s the equivalent to getting good solid sound advice, but since they (worldly people) don’t like the advice-giver, they treat it like bad advice.

  • Mary Waterton

    Exactly who were the complainants? The school board? If so, then replace them.

    • Oboehner

      Probably sexual predators.

      • Cliff_Skridlow

        Nahh, the article didn’t mention any of the teachers…

  • TheBBP

    “On Friday, January 9, you may have received an eNews containing an article titled ‘9 Most Dangerous Apps for Kids’ which was obtained from a website that had not undergone a thorough review and approval process for content distribution. Please disregard that article and content,” the email read.

    What a dangerous stance! My friend sent me that article this morning before I had even seen this article and I was able to have a conversation with my two boys about it before school. It did me a great service and reminded me that sites that are easy for me to ignore may have a bigger appeal to my kids. We got it squared away.

  • James Grimes

    What is Superintendent Alton Frailey afraid of? Answer: that the students may find out the God actually exists. That would undermine everything the Liberals are trying to do to indoctrinate the young minds.
    Atheists, no need to reply.

  • bowie1

    It seems it is necessary to get authorization to, in this case, link the school e-newsletter to that Christian site, lest it be seen as an endorsement by the school …better safe than sorry!

  • Reason2012

    This is just a blatant attempt as usual to use the false claim of separation of church and state to censor Christianity.

    (1) There is no such thing as “separation of church and state” in the Constitution. That phrase came from the time a Pastor wrote a letter to Jefferson expressing his fears that Jefferson would in some way restrict religious freedoms. In response to these fears, Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter back to indicate that he would in no way restrict the freedom of religious expression because he saw a wall of separation between church and state.

    So actually the phrase means the exact opposite of what a few claim it means: it re-iterates the First Amendment, that government shall make no laws prohibiting the free exercise of religious expression.

    (2) First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; And yet those who reject God demand the government establish its own denomination of Christianity with its own version of marriage. A violation of the First Amendment.

    (3) Congress/government also cannnot make a law prohibiting the free exercise thereof.

    A school can decide to, for example, put up Ten Commandment displays and no one can force them not to.

    A school can decide NOT to put up Ten Commandment displays and no one can force them to.

    But in a Christian nation, the populace will be personally choosing to put up Ten Commandment displays often. Those that do not like this can start voting in a large number of people that believe differently and hope it changes.

    That’s liberty.

    That’s freedom.

    That’s the Constitution many died to create.

    That’s the United States of America.

    Start understanding the Constitution, the First Amendment and the lie about “separation to church and state” and take back our right to honor and worship God as people in positions of leadership personally choose and see fit to on a case by case basis.

    • Josey

      Yes thank you Reason! Most have no idea that lie isn’t in the constitution nor do they understand the reason Jefferson wrote it in a letter, most have it backwards.

  • The Last Trump

    It’s hard to believe that we have seen the day when merely linking to a Christian website as a resource for people to go for help on a topic that said website is knowledgeable in CAN COST SOMEONE THEIR JOB! You would have thought it was a link to buy drugs! How truly lost we have become. GOOD really has become EVIL to THIS generation. And EVIL, GOOD.
    Keep looking up, folks. Not long now……;)

  • William Tyndale

    I would have had my lawyer filing the religious discrimination suit at the court house before the suspension notice landed on my desk.

  • Truthhurts24

    Its a sad day when the principal does a better job at securing children than government

  • Howard Taylor

    Thanks for accepting my friend request. Here is my website and to let you know that I am a serious Christian. God BLess all your work for the Lord.









    If you die and go to hell, you’ll look back on your earthly life now in great regret. NOW is the time to change things before it is too late! NOW is the time to tell your family and others to REPENT.

    Looking back on your week, how many precious opportunities slipped through your fingers to witness about salvation or at least hand out salvation literature? Our days are dark and desperate. Many people are without hope and many others have a false hope. People need ETERNAL TRUTH. They need God’s word. You are to be LIGHT in your area!

    Friend of Jesus Christ and desperate to introduce him to others.