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Multiple principals suspended after high school Senior Trip to Disney World

It’s that time of year again when high schools all around the country are celebrating the millions of twelfth graders who are counting down the minutes to that coveted “walk across the stage.” But for one high school in New Jersey, the celebration might have gotten out of hand during a Senior Class trip to Disney World.

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At high schools in states across the country, it’s not uncommon for the graduating Senior Class to plan a Senior trip either shortly before graduation or immediately following commencement services. At Wall High School, a Senior trip is planned every year in mid-March.

For graduating seniors in the Class of 2022 at Wall High School in Wall Township, New Jersey, the Walt Disney World Resort in Central Florida was chosen as the Senior trip destination. Who doesn’t dream of a magical Disney vacation, and for graduating Seniors, the Disney experience can make the celebration even more magical.

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But thanks to photos tweeted on Twitter, first-person accounts, and maybe even the talk around town, the Disney vacation/Senior trip has been at the center of an investigation at Wall High School.

Though details have not been made clear or public at this time, alleged behavior by some on the Wall High School Senior trip has come under scrutiny as allegations of “improper behavior” during the trip have circulated. Three sources very close to the Senior trip scenario at the high school have shared that an investigation has begun, looking into behavior that took place while the group was at Walt Disney World in Central Florida.

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Pending the investigation, Wall Township School District officials have suspended the district’s high school and intermediate school principals with pay. Wall High School Principal Rosaleen Sirchio and Wall Intermediate School Principal Erin Embon have both been suspended. According to App.com, Principal Erin Embon allegedly participated in the trip without the approval of the school district.

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In their absences, High School Assistant Principal Kevin Davis is serving as interim principal, and Tiffany Steiner, Assistant Intermediate School Principal, is taking the helm at that school.

Photos from the Senior trip were tweeted on March 27 and March 28 on a Twitter account called WallHSKnights.

“The Class of 2022 had a blast on the Senior trip,” one tweet reads.

The images online at the time of this publication appear to show multiple groups of students posing for photos with friends at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, and the All-Star Movies Resort and also at Universal Studios Orlando and at the airport.

Wall Township School District Superintendent Tracy Handerhan informed parents of the principals’ paid dismissals via e-mail, but the district official did not include reasons for those suspensions.

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“This email serves as an update regarding Wall High School administration,” Handerhan wrote in an e-mail about Sirchio’s dismissal. “Please be advised that Mr. Kevin Davis will serve as the Acting Principal of Wall High School while Mrs. Sirchio is on leave. Should you have any questions relating to your child and this transition, please contact your child’s guidance counselor.”

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A similar e-mail about Embon’s absence was sent to parents of students at the intermediate school.

According to sources closest to the investigation, the school district has been questioning faculty at both schools about the trip.

As this is a developing story, we will continue to monitor for updates.

About Becky Burkett

I'm an enthusiastic writer who finds joy in random things like cold weather, snow, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, countdowns to Christmas, the month of December, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 4 kids, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history, Imagineering and visiting the parks. I think Walt Disney is the standard against which genius should be measured. I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for. I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room, chillin' on the PeopleMover or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. I'm always looking for Imagineers in the parks, and I'd rather meet Joe Rohde and Tony Baxter than anyone in Hollywood! Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!