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.