Principal Fired After Child Endangerment Arrest

Wednesday, Jun 9, 2010  |  Updated 10:00 AM CDT
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Principal Fired After Child Endangerment Arrest

Dallas Police

Carla Westbrook Spaniel

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A Fort Worth principal has been fired a month after her arrest on a public intoxication charge after she allegedly left her two preschool-age children alone at the Dallas Adolphus Hotel while she tried to get into a nightclub.

School trustees on Tuesday night voted to fire Carla Westbrook-Spaniel, 44, of Arlington. She had been principal of Elder Middle School for nearly four years.

Superintendent Melody Johnson declined comment on the dismissal, describing it as a personnel issue.

Assistant Principal James Garcia will assume the duties of Westbrooke-Spaniel, who was arrested May 8.

Dallas police say the woman, whose children are ages 3 and 4, scuffled with a bouncer and officers when she was denied entry into a nightclub for her attire. Police later charged Westbrook-Spaniel with two counts of child endangerment.

Westbrook-Spaniel's husband, U.S. Army Reserve Capt. Keith Spaniel, was deployed to Iraq at the time of the incident.   He returned home on emergency leave after his wife's arrest.

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