The new principal at a high school in Everett, Mass., has been suspended for showing a video in which he stalks the school dressed as Arnold Schwarzenegger's character in "Terminator 2," as some parents and faculty said it belittles school violence.
"It's definitely inappropriate, especially with the question of security in schools around the country," Everett superintendent Frederick Foresteire said.
Erik Naumann was suspended for two days without pay, Foresteire said today. He said that Naumann made a poor decision, but is a good leader and will not be fired, ABC Boston affiliate WCVB-TV reported.
Naumann and his lawyer appeared at a closed school committee hearing Monday night. He has apologized for the video, according to WCVB-TV.
Naumann, who has been an educator for more than 10 years, recently became the principal at Everett High School. In a video he produced himself, Naumann imagined himself as the futuristic killing machine from the sci-fi blockbuster, stalking the hallways of the school.
The clip, which also shows images of burning playgrounds and empty classrooms, was perceived as funny by many when it was played for his new students during morning announcements Jan. 7.
But critics don't see the humor, particularly in the wake of the Dec. 14 attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, which left 26 dead.
A student soon posted the video to YouTube, and when parents saw it, some were shocked to see such ominous images. In the clip, when asked where the students are, Naumann says, "they've been Naumannated."
"If this was a child, they would be suspended or reprimanded," one parent told ABC News.
Despite the frightening images, opinions among students are still mixed, with some saying that it was just a joke, and others saying it "wasn't the right thing to show."
Attempts to reach Naumann by ABC News were unsuccessful.