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Attorney denies allegations against principal in Houston

HOUSTON (AP) - The attorney for a suspended principal in Houston says his client didn't disobey a district decision to relax the student dress code after Hurricane Harvey and never threatened a student.

Houston Independent School District officials announced this week that Furr High School Principal Bertie Simmons was placed on leave without pay Sept. 29 because of a personnel matter.

The Houston Chronicle reports that Simmons' attorney Scott Newar wrote a letter to Superintendent Richard Carranza denying the district's allegations.

Newar says other schools in the district have been permitted to decide how to handle the dress code after Harvey. He also says Simmons has joked to misbehaving students about a baseball bat she keeps in her office, but has never threatened or used the bat on a student.

Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com

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