TruTV might add Vernon High to lineup

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Vernon High School Principal Brian Riviere, right, tells the Washington County School Board about being contacted by TruTV. The reality TV channel is considering filming an episode of “The Principal’s Office” at the Vernon High School.

Randal Seyler
Published: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 12:00 PM.

CHIPLEY — Vernon High School might be the subject of an TruTV series if the Washington County School Board decides to OK the project.

Principal Brian Riviere told the board on Monday that he was contacted by TruTV producers as a potential subject for “The Principal’s Office,” a series on the reality TV-based cable channel.

“They asked me why I thought Vernon High School would be a suitable subject for their show, and I said we love our children,” Riviere said. “I also said that Washington County still uses corporal punishment, and they said, ‘wait a minute, what?’”

Riviere said he asked the producers how their parents raised them, and then asked them, “so why would we be any different?”

“I wanted to put this in your hands,” Riviere told the board. He gave them handouts about the show.

“We will need time to read through this,” board member Susan Roberts said. Riviere said he understood and he would let the producers know that he had presented it to the board. “I didn’t want to just call you up on the cell phone, I wanted you to have time to consider this,” he said.

Riviere said he had seen the show and that it was well done, and didn’t cast the schools featured in a bad light. “I had it DVR’d and I thought it was great.”

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