CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Capital High School's principal has been suspended, a Kanawha County Schools official said Thursday.
Superintendent Ron Duerring suspended Clinton Giles on Wednesday, the school official said. The school official, who asked not to be named because the suspension is a personnel decision, said Giles was suspended because he ignored a directive from Duerring.
"There was something on [Capital's] website and [Duerring] asked him to take it off because parents got upset about it and [Giles] told him he wasn't going to," the official said. "It's probably off of there now."
School board President Pete Thaw said it wasn't a decision made by the Board of Education. Thaw didn't know how long the suspension would last or if the suspension was with or without pay.
Giles, who has been principal at the school for nine years, would not comment when contacted by a Gazette reporter on Thursday afternoon. Duerring did not return a phone call.
Giles has had several public arguments with Duerring, the school board and students at Capital.
In December, Giles said Duerring contacted him and told him two students had complained they were being forced to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1943 students couldn't be forced to say the pledge or salute the American flag in school.
In turn, Giles canceled the pledge for a day. In 2010, Giles decided, whether they said the pledge or not, students would stand up during it and not distract those participating.