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Principal under fire in school stung by suicides

HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- The principal of a predominantly Native American middle school is under pressure to resign after she called dozens of failing children to the gym floor during an assembly.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- The principal of a predominantly Native American middle school is under pressure to resign after she called dozens of failing children to the gym floor during an assembly.

Last year, five students at Poplar Middle School killed themselves and 20 others attempted suicide.

Dale Fourbear is director of the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes' education program. He says Patricia Black's actions during the Sept. 27 assembly could mean a setback for children trying to recover from the deaths.

Black says she only segregated the students so she could give them a pep talk on how to improve their grades. She says she did not announce why she was calling them aside.

Angry parents told The Great Falls Tribune that Black needlessly shamed the children.

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