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KING AND QUEEN COUNTY, Va. -- The King and Queen County school system shut down all schools on Friday after Antione Monroe resigned as principal of  King and Queen County High School. His resignation was accepted at a special meeting called by the school board on Thursday, May 5.

Earlier in the week students protested outside the high school in support of Monroe, who was placed on paid administrative leave last Friday, pending an investigation.

Dr. Carol Carter, Division Superintendent, only said at the time that the leave was a personnel matter, and could not provide additional information. She would not say if the investigation was a criminal matter.

No board member has commented on the decision to close all schools, or on Monroe's resignation.

Carter released a statement to the press, via email:

"The King and Queen School Board has accepted the resignation of Antione Monroe as Principal of King and Queen County High School. Mr. Monroe is leaving to pursue other professional opportunities. He appreciates the opportunities he has had in King and Queen County, and his relationships with the students. King and Queen County School Board wishes him the best in his future endeavors. As in all personnel matters, we are not permitted to discuss the particulars as a matter of state law."

Schools plan to reopen Monday.

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