San Ysidro school principal fired amid accusations he allowed bullying

Posted at 7:51 PM, Feb 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-09 11:12:50-05

BREAKING UPDATE:  Joel Tapia has been dismissed from Smythe Elementary, according to District Spokesman Francisco Mata. The news was confirmed to 10News shortly before 11 p.m. Thursday night.

Mata told said, while Tapia has been fired from Smythe, he retains his contract with the district. 

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Angry parents are voicing their concerns over the temporary removal of a San Ysidro school principal.

Joel Tapia stopped showing up to Smythe Elementary last month.

It's a personnel issue so the district isn't saying anything about what's being investigated, just that he's been moved away from his post until a decision is made on what next.

We know he was reassigned twice before from jobs as a principal.

A rally was held in front of Smythe Elementary Thursday morning in support for Joel Tapia; parents, teachers and students demanding that he be returned to campus.

One parent told 10News that the district is making the wrong move; reacting to the complaints of a few others.

"Certain children being bullied and nobody did anything about it. This is the second principal affected by the same allegation. The District thinks it's just easier to pull the principal and things will go away. Obviously, we're not gonna go away," said Rudy Lopez. 

Both sides are planning to address the board of education. A closed session will follow, then a possible decision.