CPS Removes Elementary School Principal Following "Incident"

Police said they were called to Joyce Kilmer Elementary Wednesday afternoon

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    A north side grade school principal was taken off the job Wednesday after he allegedly bullied a group of boys in his office. The boys were allegedly sent to the principal's office for bullying a new kid, then choked and thrown against file cabinets themselves. Natalie Martinez spoke with shocked and frustrated parents.

    A north side grade school principal was taken off the job Wednesday after he allegedly bullied a group of boys in his office.

    "He just grabbed me by my neck and threw me into the file cabinet," said Quintin Brown, one of the boys who reported the alleged incident to other school officials at Joyce Kilmer Elementary School.

    The boys were sent to the principal's office for bullying a new kid, then allegedly choked and thrown against file cabinets themselves.

    "One of my friends got thrown into the file cabinet," said Brown. "His tooth, he said it was hanging down but then at lunch it just popped out [and] blood spurted all over his face."

    A Chicago Public Schools district official confirmed the principal's removal, saying they took "immediate steps to remove the principal after being informed of an incident." Chicago police told NBC Chicago they were called to the Rogers Park neighborhood school but declined to say why.

    But that's not stopping parents from speaking out.

    "He's trained to deal with kids. This is what he's supposed to do. It's not like he's a random person off the streets, so you've got to learn how to deal with these kids when they come down to your office to settle problems," said Brown's mother, Katina Brown.

    The mother said she's met with school officials and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

    An internal investigation has begun, according to CPS. Police would not comment on the accusations and said no arrests have been made.