MONTVILLE, NJ (AP) – A state appeals court has upheld the suspension of a New Jersey high school principal who disabled the school’s fire alarm because of false alarms.

The Star-Ledger reports the panel on Tuesday said the state board of examiners was correct when it found Steven Kramer had engaged in “conduct unbecoming of a school administrator.”

Kramer asked a custodian at Montville High School to disable the alarm almost daily for 70 days from October 2005 through March 2006 after students repeatedly pulled false alarms.

Officials learned about it after a small fire broke out in a trash can in a student restroom. The fire was extinguished by a custodian.

Kramer resigned from his tenured position under a settlement with the school board.

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