She and other outraged parents immediately called administrators, created a petition for disciplinary action and made several attempts to publicize the incident on local news outlets.
“The principal just stated that he would speak to her. But that’s not good enough,” Howard expressed. “And I know some people called the local news and they’re kind of brushing it under the rug.”
Howard believes that Smithersman’s behavior disrespects the close-knit military city especially when some of the students’ have lost a parent in the war.
“If you’ve ever been to Fort Hood, people are very serious about the military. That’s what we are, a military community,” Howard said.
Calls to Harker Heights High School Principal David Manly were not returned. However, Killeen School District did address the issue.
“The incident was investigated and handled appropriately on the campus and we cannot discuss personnel matters,” said district spokesperson Leslie Gilmore.