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Santa Ana High School Students Walk Out To Protest Principal’s Resignation

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SANTA ANA (CBS) — Nearly 300 Valley High School students walked out of school for about 40 minutes this afternoon to protest the resignation of their principal.

Principal Felicity Swerdlow had been the principal at Valley High School since the fall of 2009 when she resigned Monday, effective immediately.  School officials cannot reveal the reasons for her resignation.  Swerdlow was immediately replaced with the Principal of Carr Intermediate – a feeder school for Valley High — Patrick Yrarrazaval- Correa, who was met with the walkout his first day on the job.

“We believe it could be related to the transition of leadership taking place this week,” said Angela Burrell of the Santa Ana Unified School  District.

“Obviously (Yrarrazaval-Correa) knows the community and the students  and he’s got a track record of academic success so we’re looking for him to  bring that to Valley High,”

Students walked out of class at 1 p.m. and after approximately 40 minutes, school officials were able to herd them back to class.  According to school officials, the students could face detentions or suspensions, but each case will be handled individually.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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