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Denver principal retires, AD resigns in wake of 'forced splits' investigation

DENVER – East High’s principal downplayed the seriousness of complaints about the school’s cheerleading coach and failed repeatedly to acknowledge that he had shocking cell phone videos showing that coach physically forcing girls into the splits, according to a scathing investigative report made public Friday.
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Those were among the findings of an independent investigation ordered by Denver Public Schools Superintendent Tom Boasberg following a 9Wants to Know report Aug. 23 that included footage from the videos. The investigation, conducted by the law firm Davis Graham & Stubbs, found repeated instances in which the principal, Andy Mendelsberg, mislead other administrators about everything from injuries suffered by a cheerleader to the existence of the disturbing videos.
At least some of that footage had been shared with East High administrators in mid-June