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Woman claims doll named after her, defends principal after bizarre e-mails

The doll that was placed around the school. The doll that was placed around the school.
Dixie Elementary Principal Stephanie Allen Dixie Elementary Principal Stephanie Allen
Another photo of the doll. Another photo of the doll.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The Jefferson County Teachers Association will meet with JCPS Labor Relations personnel Friday to discuss complaints against a principal.

Dixie Elementary Principal Stephanie Allen has been placed on paid administrative leave after teachers notified JCTA of unprofessional e-mails containing images of a partially nude African-American doll and messages encouraging staff members to participate in an apparent scavenger hunt.

The doll, referred to as "Lil Whitney," is depicted in several e-mails Allen allegedly sent.  Staffers, who chose not to disclose their name, complained the doll mocked a former teacher whose name is ‘Whitney.'

A woman, claiming to be ‘Whitney,' said the entire situation has been taken out of context.

Whitney Hanley wrote on WAVE 3's Facebook that page "no one influenced or offended me in any way while I was an employee at Dixie Elementary."

Hanley indicated she's the "self proclaimed Lil Whitney" and Allen has been "unfairly accused." Hanley adamantly wrote in support of Allen – crediting the principal for "continuous support" and "I've become the educator I am today because of Mrs. Stephanie Allen."

JCPS verified Whitney Hanley was an employee at Dixie Elementary during the alleged e-mail circulation.

Children were not exposed to the photos, according to JCPS spokesperson Ben Jackey.  He confirmed Allen was placed on administrative leave Monday, September 24.

JCTA received two separate complaints alleging the photos were insensitive and unprofessional.

Allen hasn't responded to WAVE 3's request for a statement or interview.

The Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board also has a pending complaint regarding Allen.

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