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Principal tells stick story after being fired for breaking up fight

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BATON ROUGE - A former professional athlete turned educator believes he was hung out to dry after he was recorded on a cell phone camera using what he described as a walking stick to break up a fight.

Calvin Nicholas was the principal at Scotlandville High School until, he said, he was fired after the video was made public. The East Baton Rouge Parish School System said, however, that Nicholas is on leave.  Nicholas was a wide receiver in the NFL.

Nicholas believes he did the best he could do to diffuse a potentially dangerous situation.

"It's several kids vs. one kid or several kids vs. several kids. That is the culture I'm trying to diffuse at Scotlandville," he said in an interview with WBRZ reporter Brett Buffington for News 2 at 10:00 Thursday.

The video shows Nicholas using the stick as a switch, almost spanking the students in the fight.  WBRZ was first to report about the situation in a story HERE.

"The district states that it does not condone corporal punishment. But, however, it does condone reasonable use of physical force when it comes to disturbances that may cause harm or injuries to others. That fits right along the bylaws of what happened," Nicholas said. "The stick was totally used to gain his attention."

Watch the attached story from Thursday's newscast for more.

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