The West Memphis Public Schools hired a search firm to help find a new superintendent. But the school board ended up finding him literally just down the street.
A majority of the board voted to hire West Memphis High School principal Jon Collins. He recently made news by addressing a violent on-campus crime.
"The only fact we were dealing with was that we had a potential robbery on campus," said Collins in March.
Police later determined a special needs student had allegedly been beaten and raped by three other boys in a bathroom.
"I don't feel like he should have got the job," said parent Keisha Gant.
She recently transferred her daughter from West Memphis to Marion High School.
"Because, I mean, I didn't feel like it was safe for her to be there," said Gant.