Northfield HS principal steps down following student discipline use of force investigation

DENVER - Avi Tropper has resigned as principal of the brand-new Northfield High School, after an investigation found “multiple instances” where inappropriate use of force was allegedly used by security personnel when disciplining students.

Tropper's resignation was announced by Superintendent Tom Boasberg on Tuesday evening, after officials with the school district reviewed concerns brought up by several families.

Boasberg said the review detailed "inappropriate escalation of relatively minor incidents, inappropriate supervision of security personnel, stated intentions to use suspension as a tool to force at least one student out of the school and inappropriate behavior towards parents took place over the last two months at Northfield."

Tropper and a security guard at the high school were put on leave at the beginning of the month after a family complained the security guard had "improperly disciplined" a student at the school. 

A week later, a mother who did not want to be identified, came forward demanding that the school principal and security be fired after her daughter was grabbed and handcuffed for wearing a bandanna to school. 

"This change is necessary for Northfield to achieve the vision that we and the community share for the school," said Boasberg in a statement sent by the school, which you can read in full here

This is not the first time Tropper has been the subject of controversy at the school. 

Before the school officially opened its doors this past August, parents were already concerned with the former principal who they said was not listening to their concerns, one of the being the dress code policy and a perceived lack of commitment to school athletics.


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