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Students protest removal of North Atlanta HS principal

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Dozens of students filled the football field as they walked out of class at North Atlanta High School to protest the release of the school's interim principal, Mark Mygrant. Dozens of students filled the football field as they walked out of class at North Atlanta High School to protest the release of the school's interim principal, Mark Mygrant.
Dozens of students filled the football field as they walked out of class at North Atlanta High School to protest the release of the school's interim principal, Mark Mygrant. Dozens of students filled the football field as they walked out of class at North Atlanta High School to protest the release of the school's interim principal, Mark Mygrant.
ATLANTA -

Several dozen students at North Atlanta High School walked out of class on Wednesday in protest of the removal of the school's interim principal.

Last Friday, school officials released interim principal Mark Mygrant and reassigned four members of his administrative team.

At noon, about 150 students filled the football field as they walked out of class to protest the release of Mygrant.

"The main point we wanted to make to APS is we are not afraid of them anymore," said Cameron Halter, one of the protesters. "They're coming into our community pulling our administrators out, without question. No respect."

One parent described the protest as respectful and intentional.

Teachers had made it clear that the students would face disciplinary action if they left the building.

"The teachers did warn us they would have to write us up for disciplinary action if we did walk out, but…this issue is very important to me," said Palmer Brown, a junior at the school.
    
Superintendent Erroll Davis defended the move to a packed house on Tuesday night, saying North Atlanta's graduation rate of 60 percent is too low.

"My view is that this school needs to be a lot more than it is presently.  This school has fantastic potential," Davis said on Tuesday.

Many parents did not seem convinced.

Mygrant claims his removal was politically motivated, and had nothing to do with his job performance. A new principal, Gene Taylor, takes over on October 29.

Steve Alford, a spokesperson for APS, says since the students did not leave the campus the punishment will not be severe. He says any disciplinary action will be consistent with skipping a class.

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