SHIPROCK, N.M. – Tsé Bit’a’í Middle School Principal J. Kaibah Begay was attempting to motivate students when she recently posted a list of more than 100 children who won’t move on to the next grade.

But district administrators concerned about “students’ self-esteem, confidence and identity” removed the poster within two hours, suspended Begay, and apologized to students and parents, the Farmington Daily Times reports.

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Central Consolidated School District Superintendent Colleen Bowman wrote in a letter to parents that the “ill-conceived” idea to expose failing students was a bad one, and district officials are “committed” to taking steps to make it right.

“These steps are to ensure that this will not happen again and that all school personnel are familiar and knowledgeable of its academic policies and procedures,” Bowman wrote.

CCSD spokesman James Preminger said “the superintendent wants to build students’ self-esteem, confidence and identity and have it be part of the learning environment.”

“We apologize to all students and parents that” the poster went up, he said.

The news site tried unsuccessfully to contact Begay, who was serving her first year at Tsé Bit’a’í Middle School after transferring from Newcomb Middle School, the Daily Times reports.

Preminger said Begay put up a poster last Monday that listed more than 100 students who allegedly will not be promoted to the next grade at the end of the current school year, which concludes May 27.

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The principal is undoubtedly frustrated with the poor student performance considering that there are only a total of 483 students in the entire school, which serves students in sixth- through eighth-grade.

“The school told the administration,” Preminger said. “Once they told us, we had the poster taken down immediately.”

Begay was placed on paid administrative two days later, and the district’s human resources director was appointed to her post through the end of the school year.

District officials also initially placed Tsé Bit’a’í dean of students Dannell Yazzie on leave as well, but later learned she was not involved in the poster and she returned to work last Friday, according to the news site.

District officials are now encouraging parents with any questions about the incident to attend two upcoming parent forums at the school, including one on Wednesday about the incident and another May 26 on the future of the school.