Superintendent reacts to removal of principal following alleged racial remarks

DeKalb County Schools Superintendent Doctor Stephen Green

The superintendent of DeKalb County schools is speaking out after his decision to remove a principal from the district after he allegedly made racially charged comments.

CBS46's Daniel Wilkerson sat down with DeKalb County Schools Superintendent Doctor Stephen Green about his decision to remove Jason Clyne from his post as principal of Lakeside High School.

The decision came after Clyne was accused of making racially insensitive remarks to staff members at the school. The remarks allegedly made a crude reference to slavery.

An anonymous flier went up around the school, claiming Clyne told janitors and security staff: "You don't want to mess with me. I'm a redneck master with a degree. I run these 40 acres."

Several students are coming to the defense of Lakeside High School Principal Jason Clyne. Others not so much. @cbs46 https://t.co/svur9gJ7TX— Rebekka Schramm (@SchrammCBS46) January 28, 2016

Students who talked with CBS46 News have differing opinions on the situation.

"I feel like principal Clyne is just an upstanding individual," said student Joseph Poole. "I think he's getting an unfair shake at Lakeside."

"Regardless if he said the 40 acres part, the redneck part kind of made it worse," said Lakeside student Kent Osborne.

Doctor Green has moved to implement additional personnel into Lakeside High School. A counseling service and his deputy of student intervention have been brought in to help offer assistance.

Principal Clyne is currently on paid administrative leave and will be reassigned to another duty as the district investigates.

CBS46 will keep you posted.

Watch the raw interview with Superintendent Green in the video above.

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