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Resignation of I PROMISE principal approved after allegation of striking student

Akron Public Schools Board of Education approved the resignation of Brandi Davis on Monday.

AKRON, Ohio — The principal of the I PROMISE School in Akron has submitted her resignation amid an allegation that she hit an 11-year-old student.

According to Akron Public Schools spokesperson Mark Williamson, the district's board of education approved the resignation of Brandi Davis at its latest meeting on Monday.

Davis' attorney, Edward Gilbert, released a brief statement to 3News. "At this point, we are letting the resignation speak for itself. She (Davis) has had a stellar career and right now, she's in the process of moving in another direction," Gilbert said.

You can read her resignation letter in the document below, which was provided to 3News on Tuesday by Akron Public Schools: 

EDITOR'S WARNING: The below contains explicit content and language

In a report from the Akron Police Department shared with 3News in September, Davis called the mother of the student and reported that her son said "someone shitted in the urinal" and Davis said she slapped him. The mother picked her son up from the school and took him to the board of education. 

As the district began its fact-finding investigation, Davis was placed on leave and later suspended. Davis has been the principal of the I PROMISE school since its inception. She been has also been on the board of the LeBron James Family Foundation since it was created.

"Akron Public Schools has begun an investigation into an allegation that a child was struck by a staff member at I PROMISE School. We take all such allegations seriously, while also respecting the rights of staff accused of wrongdoing to due process," Williamson said following the incident. 

Opened in 2018, the I PROMISE school is sponsored by the LeBron James Family Foundation, but is part of Akron Public Schools. WKYC is a media partner of the I PROMISE school. 

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