Central High officials call police instead of answering questions

Beaumont parents who claim they were scammed by administrators at Central Medical Magnet High School are still waiting for answers.

Last week, 12News spoke to a mom who said she had to pay $1,000 per semester for a college chemistry course that would earn her daughter high school and college credit.  However, the University of Texas at Austin, which sponsors the program, only charges $275 a year.

Since our report, other parents have come forward telling us they too were overcharged, and the Jefferson County District Attorney's task force that targets corruption has opened an investigation.

12News has been trying to get a response to the allegations from the Beaumont Independent School District for more than a week, but we have not received any comment.  So Wednesday afternoon, we went to Central to talk to principal Lorenzo Carr.

But instead of getting Carr, the receptionist called the Beaumont Independent School District police to escort us off the property.

Officer Reggie Boseman told us we would have to go through the administration's public relations department.

Inside sources at Central tell us some parents are refusing to pay for the credit course this year, fearing they will get scammed.

We also reached out to past principal, Patricia Lambert, since some of the allegations involve her tenure, but she did not return our call, and she is currently on extended sick leave.

Lambert plans to retire at the end of June.


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