When Fandom Goes Wrong: High School Principal Suspended Over 'Terminator' Parody

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It's cool being a hardcore fan of something — "Star Wars," Robert Downey Jr., Gerard Butler romcoms (okay, just kidding, nobody is a fan of those) — but fandom can have its downsides. Many fans, for instance, sometimes have a hard time objectively seeing the positives and negatives of the thing they love so much.

Case in point: A Massachusetts high school principal has just been suspended for two days after introducing himself to his new student body by means of a really bizarre "Terminator" parody.

Yes, it sounds too goofy to be true, but it totally is, much to the chagrin of Everett, MA high school principal Erick Naumann. As a way of introducing himself to his new students, Naumann, who apparently is a big fan of Arnold Schwarzenegger, decided to create a fun little homage to "Terminator 2: Judgement Day" starring himself in the role of the Terminator. With the help of the school's technology teacher, Roy Barrows, he then interspliced footage of himself with clips from that film showing, you know, things on fire, people screaming in terror and other signs of the apocalypse.

Needless to say, some parents weren't exactly thrilled with this, especially given the current mood of the nation following the mass killing at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. As a result, both Naumann and Barrows were suspended without pay. But since the suspension was for just two days, well, all we can say is: He'll be back.

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