A high school principal who claimed 17 teens at his Massachusetts school made a pact to get pregnant is resigning.
Earlier this summer, Gloucester High School principal Joseph Sullivan told reporters that the girls were involved in a "pregnancy pact" while in school. The claims first made headlines in a June Time magazine article.
"My sources had informed me that a significant number of the pregnancies, especially among the younger students, were the result of deliberate and intentional behavior," Sullivan wrote in the Gloucester Daily Times following the story's release.
Town Mayor Carolyn Kirk publicly questioned the principal's comments, saying that there were no signs of a pact at the school.
On Wednesday, Sullivan claimed the mayor slandered his reputation, integrity, and intelligence, which lead to his decision to step down.
"The ramifications of this whole episode on me and ... my family have been devastating and the mayor's actions and the superintendent's public silence has forced me to recognize that I have neither the trust, confidence, or respect of the mayor nor the superintendent," Sullivan said.
In response to the resignation, Mayor Kirk said he wished Sullivan "all the best in his retirement"
"Dr. Sullivan will long be remembered in Gloucester for the many individual families he helped over the past 10 years," Kirk said in a statement.
Sullivan's resignation will be effective Friday. He still stands by his claims in the Time magazine report, saying he "gave a direct, truthful and honest answer."
Sources: The Associated Press, ABC News