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School principal who hosted anti-gay band speaks

DUNKERTON, Iowa (AP) – The principal of a secondary school in Iowa where members of a Christian rock band promoted their anti-gay and anti-abortion views during an assembly says his resignation was planned long before the performance.

Mike Cooper resigned Monday. It was accepted by the school board.

Cooper recommended inviting the Junkyard Prophet band, which is part of a Minnesota group, You Can Run But You Cannot Hide. Discussions after the March 8 assembly turned into talks against abortion and homosexuality.

Cooper told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier ( after Monday’s school board meeting that he was leaving to become a superintendent. He says he was in Arizona when he learned his resignation plans were reported and says the public was wrong to believe it was related to the assembly.

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