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Zephyrhills High School principal abruptly resigns

12:08 AM, Nov 3, 2012   |    comments
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Friday night in Pasco County means high school football.

The Pasco Pirates taking on the Zephyrhills Bulldogs, but much of the attention was on on the field, rather the sudden resignation of Zephyrhills High School principal, Steven Van Gorden.

In a brief, one-sentence letter, VanGorden wrote quote - "It has been my pleasure serving the District School Board of Pasco County since 1997. At this time, I have decided to resign my position as principal of Zephyrhills High School effective immediately" - end quote.

Students knew all about the resignation, but didn't know why.

"He's a good guy. We like him. He knows alot of names," said student Gene Price.

But parents we spoke to had no idea Van Gorden resigned, and it raised many questions.

"I'd like to know the circumstances around it. I mean it's surprising, but where there's smoke there's fire. Something went on," said Ray Vandemheem, a parent of one student.

Van Gorden was put on administrative leave October 19th when an internal investigation was launched by school employee relations supervisors, but the reason for the investigation was not released, and that doesn't sit well with parents either.

Chris Long, whose son plays football for Zephyrhills says, "We think everything is on the up and up, but then you hear something like this. I think we should know what happened."



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