AUDIO: Houston ISD investigating 2nd set of allegations against Furr principal

Furr High School Principal Bertie Simmons will remain on temporary leave as investigators look into a second set of

Furr High School Principal Bertie Simmons will remain on temporary leave as investigators look into a second set of "pretty serious" misconduct allegations, Houston ISD Superintendent Richard Carranza said Wednesday.

In his first comments about Simmons since she was placed on leave two weeks ago, Carranza said "multiple sources" at Furr High School have brought information to district staff that is "serious enough that we have to investigate those allegations." He declined to elaborate on the nature of the allegations or information provided.

"We want to get to the bottom of it so we can clear it all up," Carranza said.

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Furr High School Principal Bertie Simmons will remain on temporary leave as investigators look into a second set of "pretty serious" misconduct allegations.

Media: Public records request from Houston ISD

Meanwhile, investigators have completed their review of an initial set of allegations against Simmons, in which she is alleged to have ignored direction on the district's dress code after Hurricane Harvey and threatened students with a baseball bat.

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Carranza would not discuss any actions or punishment against Simmons in response to the investigation, but said Simmons would have been back at Furr High School on Wednesday if not for the second set of allegations.

Simmons' lawyer, Scott Newar, issued a written statement in response to Carranza's interview: "HISD's second 'investigation' clearly shows that the school district is engaged in an illegal and retaliatory 'witch hunt' against Dr. Simmons and her team -- to the great detriment of Furr's students, parents, faculty and staff, and at the significant monetary expense of the district's taxpayers."

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The first investigation came after several students complained that Simmons threatened the entire student body over the intercom if they did not comply with the campus dress code, Carranza said. 

Simmons has said any threats involving a baseball bat were playful and in jest, particularly given that she's 83 years old and about 5 feet tall. She also said principals had discretion to enforce the dress code, which was necessary at Furr High School to prevent gang activity.

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