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Principal at Martin Luther King Is Removed After Students Arrest The Board of Education has removed the principal of the troubled Martin Luther King Jr High School after a spate of violence involving weapons at the school Most recently on Friday a student sneaked a knife into the bustling five-story building and threatened another student The removal of the principal Ronald Williams Wells came almost three weeks after a crush of students teachers and administrators dashed from the building and for cover in classrooms when a man shot two students in what appeared to be a dispute over a girl The school is at West 66th Street and Amsterdam Avenue a block from Lincoln Center On Friday two students were arrested after one student displayed a folding knife during an argument He passed it to a second student after security officers arrived to break up the fight The first student sneaked the knife into the building by passing it inside a book bag through the schools weapons scanner Martin Luther King school officials did not call th e Board of Education until hours later said Catie Marshall The Board of Education requires school administrators to call the boards emergency information center immediately after such incidents During an investigation into the timing of the report Tony Sawyer the Manhattan high school superintendent removed Mr Wells Ms Marshall said The New York Post first reported the dismissal yesterday Mr Wells has been replaced by Steve Gutman a 36-year veteran of the system who retired in September but came back to the board at Mr Sawyers request Mr Wellss new assignment has not been announced After the Jan 15 shootings Mr Wells came under criticism for not being at work He was on duty with the National Guard that day Schools Chancellor Harold O Levy who toured the building after the shooting found that some people who were not enrolled in courses were carrying photo
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