Principal of 'Pregnancy Pact' High School Quits

Administrator says mayor, superintendent betrayed him
By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 13, 2008 11:23 AM CDT
A local TV reporter does a stand-up outside Gloucester (Mass.) High School, where officials say a teenage pregnancy pact occurred during this past school year, in Gloucester, Mass., June 20, 2008.   (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
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(Newser) – The principal of the Massachusetts high school that gained infamy for an alleged pregnancy pact made by 17 students has resigned, the Boston Globe reports. The Gloucester High principal said the mayor "publicly slandered" him and insisted his interview with Time, which set off the controversy, was "direct, truthful, and honest," the Gloucester Times reports.

“I have neither the trust, confidence, or respect of the mayor nor the superintendent," Joseph Sullivan wrote in his resignation letter. "My instinctive reaction to this realization has been to soldier on, but I have too much respect for myself, my family, the school, the students, the faculty, and the staff to continue.”