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Teachers speak out against DISD principal accused of yanking out student's piercing

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Teachers have sent FOX 4 photos of a Dallas ISD student’s ear after the boy’s mother accused his school principal of yanking a piercing out of his ear. They’re questioning why the principal has not been placed on administrative leave since Child Protective Services has an active open investigation into the allegation.

FOX 4 reported Thursday that the mother alleged that the principal of Bryan Adams High School, Richard Kasl, recently removed a gauge from the boy’s ear – a device that’s used to stretch the ear.

Since that story aired, five teachers and other staff from the school contacted us by email.

One wrote, "…He told the entire staff that kids would be able to wear earrings and said don't tell the kids. He never said what kind of earrings. Many kids wear gauges."

Another wrote, "...the dress code at Bryan Adams has not been enforced ALL YEAR LONG!"

Yet another staffer said, "I must say that this situation has been eating away at my core. I do not understand why he has not been placed on administrative leave considering he has an open CPS case against him. Had a teacher been accused of some the same allegations, they would have been placed on leave immediately."

The district has remained pretty tight-lipped regarding the alleged incident. On Thursday, the school district said in a statement, "…A review by authorities of the alleged incident has determined that the principal acted appropriately and that the student was not harmed."

However, the photos of the student seem to suggest he was.

On Friday, school district spokesman Andre Riley said to FOX 4 in a text message, “I still can’t interview with you.”

District policy states male students cannot wear earrings or similar facial jewelry, and on the school’s website it says, “No facial jewelry of any type such as ear gauges, nose rings, eyebrow rings, tongue rings…”

However, students, parents and staffers all say those things have been allowed at Bryan Adams.

A district administrator said Friday that one of the biggest problems in the district is campuses where principals don’t follow written guidelines and policies.

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