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Saginaw principal is placed on leave amid case involving locker room recording

Posted Tuesday, Jul. 03, 2012

By Diane Smith

dianesmith@star-telegram.com

The principal of Wayside Middle School in the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw district was put on administrative leave after telling her supervisors that she may face charges in Denton County in a case involving a video recorded in a girls locker room, a district spokeswoman said Monday.

Principal Wendee Long and her teenage daughter are at the center of a case involving the video, which authorities have said was recorded Feb. 7 at halftime during a girls basket-ball game between Argyle and Sanger high schools.

The video was mailed to the Argyle school board in March. District officials turned it over to police, who investigated. The video contained nothing inappropriate involving the girls.

Sanger Police Chief Curtis Amyx has said the intent appeared to be to try to get something on Argyle girls basketball coach Skip Townsend, not to record the players.

Long is a former Argyle school trustee. She has been principal at Wayside Middle for about five years. Eagle Mountain-Saginaw spokeswoman Kristin Courtney said administrators will look into the matter after offices reopen Monday.

Long told the district Friday that she could be facing charges. "We were aware of the situation prior to Friday," Courtney said. "She's been very upfront."

In June, Denton County prosecutor Jamie Beck told the Star-Telegram that Long's daughter left the recording device in the locker room. Beck said there is evidence that Long came up with the plan and encouraged her daughter to make the video.

Neither Beck nor Long returned messages seeking comment Monday.

Diane Smith,

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