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Everett principal, tech teacher suspended two days for 'Terminator' video

Posted by Jarret Bencks  January 15, 2013 10:00 AM

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The principal of Everett High School has been suspended for two days after starring in a video parody of "The Terminator" that was shown to students, according to a statement from the Everett schools.

Principal Erick Naumann and Roy Barrows, the technology teacher that produced the video, were each handed two-day suspensions Tuesday morning, according to the statement, which was read over the phone by an administrative assistant to Superintendent Frederick Foresteire.

The video showed Naumann walking through the empty halls of Everett High School wearing sunglasses and a leather jacket. When asked by a teacher where the students have gone, he says that they have been "Naumannated." It was shown to students on Jan. 7 during morning announcements.

The video, an apparent response to the December school shootings in Newtown, Conn., was posted on YouTube, but has been removed by the user. Several versions of the video created by news station still are available.

Naumann met with Foresteire and the School Committee behind closed doors Monday night. Then the committee heard from about a dozen parents, students, and staff speak in support of the first-year principal.

"I don't think he was trying to do anything bad," said Everett High School Junior Sarah Noelsaint. "He was just trying to find a way to connect with the students."

Naumann is looking forward to resuming his duties as principal and has no plans to appeal Foresteire's decision, Naumann's attorney Sheilah McCarthy said Tuesday morning.

"He had a good meeting with the superintendent this morning," McCarthy said. "He's looking forward to moving in a positive direction and getting back to work educating the students of Everett."

Foresteire was not available for comment Tuesday morning and Naumann could not be reached.

Jarret Bencks can be reached at bencks.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on twitter @JarretBencks.

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