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New Plymouth High School students walk out of class to protest principal's resignation

Clete Edmunson said he was pressured to resign but after the student protest he sent a letter to the district's superintendent and board of trustees rescinding his resignation. (File Photo)

Students at New Plymouth High School walked out of their third period class this week to protest the school's principal's resignation.

Clete Edmunson said he was pressured to resign but after the student protest he sent a letter to the district's superintendent and board of trustees rescinding his resignation.

"I feel that I am victim of an unjustified attempt by some in the District to damage my reputation, and harm my career," Edmunson told KBOI 2News in a statement. "I don’t know why they would be doing this, but I have done nothing wrong that even remotely justifies this type of treatment.”

At a school board meeting former school board member Phil Pittman says the real problem lies in the administration.

"(I) talked to the superintendent and I said the common denominator here seems to be you...in each case," Pittman said.

Superintendent Kevin Barker said in a statement that he received a voluntary resignation from Edmunson on Tuesday that indicated he wanted to have the opportunity to pursue some other opportunities that he couldn't pass up.

A decision was made by the board that Edmunson would be placed on paid administrative leave as an investigation continues.

The Argus Observer reported on its website that the resignation came after Edmunson became vocal about recent policies adopted by the board including one that states that if an individual talks negatively about the administration, he or she could be written up and terminated.



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