EVERETT (CBS) — The principal of Everett High School could face disciplinary action after using a video with violent images to introduce himself to students. The video features Everett High’s new principal walking the halls of the school as “The Terminator” saying “we’re all doomed”.
The video was played for students during last week’s morning announcements and most students believe it has been misinterpreted. “He’s kind of a prankster, it was fun,” said one student who believes the controversy has been overblown.
But the School Committee held a special meeting Monday night to discuss Erick Naumann’s future including the possibility of suspension which Superintendent Frederick Foresteire supports as a way to send a message. “Think before you act,” he said especially in the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.
Naumann received applause and support during the meeting from many parents and students who say he’s made a different in the lives of children. “I’m an honors student today because he pushed me,” said sophomore Olivia Brooks.
But another parent called the video “scary” and said he kept his son home from school because of it. Naumann has been in the Everett school system for 15 years but just started this month as the principal of Everett High School.
The School Committee met for an hour in executive session and made a recommendation, but the superintendent will make the final decision on disciplinary action. A media teacher, Roy Barrows, who helped Naumann make the video, could also be disciplined.