April 22, 2005
The Charlottesville School Board announced the resignation of the superintendent Thursday night, and now mixed emotions about Dr. Griffin's departure are surfacing among school officials and members of the community.
"I had no idea she was going to resign," says Charlottesville School Board Clerk Robert Thompson. "The first time I heard about it was at the board meeting."
Local NAACP President, M. Rick Turner, says he was only somewhat surprised. "Dr. Griffin is a warrior, but I feel she was just really beaten down." Turner says he believes as the first African American to hold the position of superintendent, Dr. Griffin, was doomed from the start.
Even though he feels race played a role in her resignation, Turner says ultimately the white community is not to blame. "Members of the African American community are the culprits because we allowed our sister to be raped. Her character was raped, her professionalism was raped, and we allowed that."
School officials say they, too, regret the current situation, but believe Dr. Griffin's resignation was best. "For the state that we're in, I think it's the most appropriate and best situation," says Thompson.
"I don't think any of us are happy about what has happened," says Associate Superintendent Gertrude Ivory. "It is regrettable it had to come to this, but I think it was something that unfortunately became necessary."
Dr. Griffin served as superintendent for about ten months, and on June 30th her resignation will go into effect.