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NEW: Principal of Capital High School, Clinton Giles, back to work after suspension

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Capital High School principal, Clinton Giles, returned to work on Mon., March 25, according to Mark Milam, the assistant superintendent of high schools for the Kanawha County School Board.

Milam would not comment on the circumstances surrounding Giles' suspension last week.


The superintendent of Kanawha County Schools suspended Clinton Giles indefinitely on Wednesday, according to a school official who asked to remain anonymous. The suspension involves a student's admission into the school's National Honor Society chapter, the official said.

The honor society membership criteria listed on the school's website states: " applicant may not have been absent from school for more than 5 days total regardless of reasons..."

Another portion states: "When deemed warranted, the principal may exercise the authority to summarily disqualify the application of a candidate...."

The official said a portion of policy regarding the number of absences allowed was changed, but did not specify further.

As students streamed out of Capital High School in Charleston at the end of the school day, so did the rumors about what might have happened to their principal.

Senior Sarah Hudnall said a teacher told her Giles had been suspended but that no one knew why.

Hudnall said she was shocked to hear the news on Thursday.

"He's a good principal, I didn't think he would ever be suspended for something," she said.

The Kanawha County School Board met on Thursday, night but members did not discuss Giles' suspension.

In May 2012, Giles received criticism for trying to stop several seniors from wearing t-shirts he found inappropriate from walking in graduation.

He sparked controversy again that December over a policy that made students stand during the Pledge of Allegiance, the national anthem and a song, "Lift Every Voice and Sing." He changed the policy after several students complained.

But one co-worker said Giles has always put students first.

"No doubt in my mind he does," said John Vencill, a teacher at Capital High School. "He has life long goals of the kids in mind, not just what's happening today."

Vencill said he didn't know the reason behind Giles' suspension--but he said he expects him to return soon.

"Anytime you're in a leadership position, there's going to be controversial situations and you'll have to deal with them," Vencill said.


Longtime administrator of Capital High School in Charleston, Clinton H. Giles, has been suspended from his job.  

We've learned the Superintendent of Kanawha County Schools decided Wednesday to suspend Giles for an undetermined amount of time.

13NEWS has confirmed with an official who asked to remain anonymous that the cause for the suspension stems to a student's admission process into the school's National Honor Society chapter.

Calls into the high school were directed to the Kanawha County School Board.  Pete Thaw, the president of the school board, said the issue is a personnel matter within the board and the subject was not discussed during the public meeting held Thursday evening.

During the suspension period, the vice principal will fulfill Giles' duties. 

According to the high school's website, Giles is in his ninth year as principal, and has served thirteen years as assistant principal for pupil services and facilities.  The site adds that Giles is one of thirteen of the original Capital High School faculty and staff members.  

Stay with 13NEWS for the latest on this developing story.