Everett High School principal faces scrutiny over video
EVERETT (AP) — Everett High School’s new principal is facing criticism for a video he showed students that imitated a “Terminator” movie and showed what the district superintendent says were violent images.
Principal Erick Naumann could face suspension or dismissal for the video that suggested students had been “naumannated,” schools Superintendent Frederick Foresteire said. The school board is holding a special meeting Monday evening to hear public comment and consider disciplining Naumann and the technology teacher who produced the video.
The video was shown during morning announcements last Monday. The superintendent says the principal told him his intention was to get students’ attention and Naumann has no history of discipline.
But Foresteire says the video was inappropriate, particularly after the recent school shooting in Newtown, Conn. Among images, the video shows a burning swing set and a skeleton that’s on fire.
“The concern is those are inappropriate things to be talking about in schools,” Foresteire said. “We just had that Sandy Hook situation and violence in schools in a big issue.”
Naumann couldn’t be reached immediately for comment Monday.
The superintendent says most of the calls to his office have been supportive of the principal, who assumed his current role in December.
Naumann was previously a science teacher at the high school. He also served as principal of the district’s Albert N. Parlin School, which enrolls students in kindergarten through eighth grade.
Foresteire says he became aware of the video after someone anonymously sent it to him on a thumb drive.