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Kevin Braney: Boulder High principal's arrest not disrupting school, rep says

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Has there been an uproar among students and staffers at Boulder High today -- the first full school session since news broke that principal Kevin Braney had been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and a couple of other charges?

Far from it, says Briggs Gamblin, spokesman for the Boulder Valley School District, who visited the institution earlier and was pleased to see that disruptions due to Braney's bust and a (temporary?) leadership switch were minimal to non-existent.

At around 9:40 p.m. on Wednesday, according to the Boulder Daily Camera, members of the Boulder Police Department responded to the home Braney shares with his kids and his wife, Andrea -- at least for now. Andrea told officers she and her husband are in the midst of a divorce.

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The subsequent dispute appears to pivot on distribution of their property. In the police report obtained by the Camera, Andrea said she'd been removing her belongings from his room and placing stuff of his on bookshelves there when Braney became upset. She accuses him of yelling at her and throwing and/or damaging items like a picture frame and a lamp. The mattress and box springs of the bed had also been overturned by the time cops arrived.

Braney, who was hired at Boulder High in 2009, was subsequently booked on suspicion of criminal mischief, domestic violence and child abuse -- the latter because a youngster had seen what happened.

Afterward, Braney offered a voluntary statement saying he'd reacted to the sight of his wife taking her things out of his room by returning the favor in hers, with one of the items in question being the bed's headboard -- a possible explanation for the disarray of the mattress and box springs, as well as the damage to the lamp. He stressed that he never touched his wife and didn't yell at her, either. Instead, they exchanged "stern" words about finances, he maintained.

In comments to the Camera, Todd Burnham, Braney's attorney, described his client as having "an impeccable reputation" and being "an Ivy League-educated individual with no criminal history whatsoever." He added, "I find it convenient that he is arrested and charged with criminal mischief and domestic violence contemporaneously with divorce papers being filed."

After school district officials learned of Braney's arrest, they placed him on paid administrative leave and installed assistant principal Scott Cawlfield as head man on an interim basis -- actions that Gamblin describes as standard procedure. Indeed, something similar happened in the case of Jim Kozlowski, a Boulder High teacher and coach, who was arrested in August for allegedly exposing himself at yard sales. In December, he entered a guilty plea in the case.

Continue for more about the arrest of Boulder High School principal Kevin Braney.



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11 comments
Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I've watched 'Principle Lewis', (numerous times on 'American Dad'), bitch slap all kinds of women !

Steve At Work
Steve At Work

The system fails another. Good luck, Mr. Braney, I hope it works out. I'm sorry we've such idiotic laws in place.

LuvFortCollins
LuvFortCollins

Cops love to charge people with DV in Colorado, it makes a fortune for them and the courts. It's all about the money.

Annette Hall
Annette Hall

Sad situation for a great guy! Wonderful educator!

quackhead
quackhead

Another person loses their temper during a divorce.  When will the madness end!  Sounds like he is on the verge of murdering someone or some other gun related crime.  Better take away his gun rights.  Scared?  Don't worry.  Ronda the reformed criminal will save us.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

DV charges = unlawful to purchase and possess firearms!


unlucky12
unlucky12

this Colorado, where having a verbal argument gets you a Domestic Violence charge that results in 9 months of classes and 18 months of probation. I know as it happened to me too.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

If I wanted privy to this kind of shit, I'd watch channel 2 or 20 during the weekdays . All the incredibly stupid court shows air during that time ...

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Half Aspen Thanks for the post, Half Aspen. We're going to make it an upcoming Comment of the Day. Much appreciated.

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