Funny fail video of the july

This is part of The Takeover, a WFYI News series about the promise of school turnaround and the effects of the 2011 state takeover of chronically failing schools in Indiana. The Takeover audio documentary airs 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25 on 90.1 WFYI.

Lloyd Knight had a simple message when he walked onto the Howe Community High School auditorium stage the first day of the 2017-18 school year.

“We love you,” the new 6-foot-5 principal said in a gentle tone.

Muffled laughter and groans came from some of the several hundred students and staff in response.

Ernest Tucker, a coach and staffer, remembers. “Being a public school, a city school, everyone lookin’ like ‘love?’” he said. “So everyone busts out laughing. All the kids: ‘Love? This guy is not going to make it.’”

It was also uncertain if the school was going to make it.