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.”

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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.

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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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