HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A notebook handed over to WHNT News 19 several weeks ago is filled with concerning allegations of things happening inside Butler High School. However, school district officials told us Friday their internal investigation has found no truth behind the allegations.
The teachers who provided written statements asked to remain anonymous because they fear their jobs could be in jeopardy for “blowing the whistle on Butler.” They provided the notebook, filled with anonymous letters, to WHNT News 19 and top Huntsville City School District staff members.
Allegations ranged from safety concerns to teachers describing being “forced to pass students so they could graduate.”
Dr. Barbara Cooper, Deputy Superintendent of Huntsville City Schools, says her team took the concerns seriously and began an internal investigation immediately after they received the notebook.
“We went inside the school, observed the situation, met with the principal and security inside the school,” Cooper said. “We could not find any of the issues addressed inside the notebook during our investigation.”
Employees we contacted late Friday night say they don’t feel enough has been done to make the school safe.
Over the last year, Butler High School graduation rates have increased from 31 percent to 45 percent.