Michigan principal suspended over 'spirit rock' removal


September 17, 2017

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A high school principal in northwest Michigan is fighting a five-day, unpaid suspension levied over accusations he lied to district administrators over removal of the school's "spirit rock."

West Senior High School Principal Joe Esper was suspended, effective Monday, after a Traverse City Area Public Schools investigation determined he approved the removal. Early in the investigation, he said he didn't know what happened to the large, frequently-painted boulder, the Record-Eagle reported .

District Superintendent Paul Soma also added a disciplinary letter to Es...

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