Dozens Protest Arrest Of Tulsa Principal

Thursday, March 10th 2011, 9:14 pm
By: News On 6

TULSA, Oklahoma -- Dozens of people rallied in North Tulsa Thursday night to protest the arrest of a Tulsa principal.

Hawthorne Community School Principal Lynette Dixon was arrested Monday night for interfering with a police investigation.

NAACP leaders say they have witnesses who say Dixon did no such thing.

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They're calling her arrest racially motivated and are angry because they say the police department sent white, male officers to make the arrest.

Dixon has been suspended from her job.  Speakers at Thursday night's rally said they're behind her 100 percent. 

"We want her back in the school, dealing with our children and being a part of our community because this is a good model school for the young people that are there," Warren Blakney, NAACP President, said.

A former officer of Tulsa's NAACP chapter opposed Thursday night's rally, saying leaders aren't using "common sense" and adding "the NAACP is dangerously close to being a part of the problem, not the solution."