SAN ANTONIO - Newly released records from Northeast Independent School District show it was an assistant principal at Madison High School who complained his boss Chris Thompson was stealing.
Videos released by the district show now former Madison High School Principal Chris Thompson was grilled by a Northeast ISD police officer investigating allegations he stole school materials from the campus.
Pictures taken by Northeast ISD police show flooring on Thompson’s patio; the same flooring installed in the high school during an earlier renovation. Thompson claims the contractor said he could take it.
“That's when I asked him, and the head custodian was there, and we said if this is just going to be trash and thrown away, can we use them? Can we have them? And he said sure. It's just going to be trash.”
But the district could not corroborate his story.
District cops also photographed large sunshades over Thompson’s backyard at his home in Windcrest. They were bought by the school to provide shade in the cafeteria courtyard. Thompson claimed he used them for district events at his house.
Officer: “Did anybody give you permission to use those?”
School surveillance video shows Thompson returning the shades and putting them in the custodian’s office after learning about the investigation.
After talking to Thompson and others, the Northeast ISD officer who conducted the investigation concluded in his report that Thompson had committed theft by depriving the district of nearly $7,000 worth of flooring and two sun shades that cost over $300.
Northeast ISD dropped its criminal investigation and did not press charges after Thompson returned the items and resigned. The former principal's attorney and wife called me to say this is a big misunderstanding, he did not do anything wrong and Thompson hopes to resume his career in the future.