- Associated Press - Friday, June 30, 2017

PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pennsylvania Department of Education is delaying the certification of a high school principal who was recorded making threats against a student while it investigates the fitness of his character.

An attorney for Woodland Hills principal Kevin Murray says he’s spoken to state education officials and expects the certification to be approved in a few weeks.

Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. earlier this year declined to file criminal charges against Murray, whose threats were secretly recorded by the 14-year-old student in question. But Zappala called the threats “inappropriate” in a letter to the district’s superintendent.

In the recording, Murray threatens to punch the student in the face. He was suspended after it surfaced in November but was later reinstated.

Murray needs the certification to remain employed.

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