Sarcastic letter leads to punishment of principal

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LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz. (AP) -- An Arizona school principal who penned a sarcastic letter about students that was mistakenly sent home to parents has been suspended.

The letter sent home with second graders attending Litchfield Elementary School on Jan. 26 included disparaging remarks about students who could not complete their "easy" math assignments.

Litchfield Elementary School District Superintendent Dr. Julianne Lein said the district apologizes for the incident and is taking steps to remedy the situation.

The school district removed Principal Ron Sterr pending disciplinary action.

Sterr says he wrote a joke letter in response to caustic comments made by "an individual" and a teacher accidentally sent it home. He says he openly opposes the views expressed in the "mocking" letter he wrote.