Heartwarming video shows Elmont students reuniting with beloved principal

Next week will mark the return of Kevin Dougherty, Elmont Memorial High School's principal whose departure was announced in August.

News 12 Staff

Oct 5, 2022, 7:13 PM

Updated 655 days ago


It was a heartwarming moment at Wednesday’s Elmont Memorial High School football practice.
Principal Kevin Dougherty was surrounded by players, and an outpouring of love, as he told his students that he would be returning to his job on Oct. 11.
Dougherty, known affectionately as "Doc," was removed from his position unexpectedly.
While the community has welcomed his reinstatement, which was announced in an e-mail Wednesday, many are still looking for answers as to why he was ever removed.
"We're happy for his return, with something that never should have happened in the first place," said parent Kenny Lewis.

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