Many Madison County residents called and messaged The Richmond Register on Tuesday afternoon regarding an incident at Kit Carson Elementary.

According to Erin Stewart with Madison County Schools, the incident in question isn't an incident at all. Several individuals stated they witnessed Principal Ken Clark being escorted out of the building with boxes by Superintendent David Gilliam, which Stewart said wasn't the case.

Stewart said last week on Friday, Clark had minor surgery on his foot, which required him to walk on crutches. Deputy Superintendent Randy Neeley went to Kit Carson on Monday to talk with him regarding his medical leave.

"Mr. Neeley was going to leave, and Mr. Clark needed to go to his car. Since he was on crutches and had a backpack, Mr. Neeley carried it for him," Stewart said. "All he was doing was trying to be kind and help him. He was not being escorted out of the building."

Stewart went on to say that Clark's belongings are still in his office, and he hasn't packed up.

Clark has put in for his resignation of his position effective at the end of June, Stewart said, but the decision to resign had nothing to do with the spreading of the rumor over the course of the two days.

Reach Kaitlyn Brooks at 624-6608; follow her on Twitter @kaitlynsbrooks.

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