HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. (CBS4)– Parents and students protested the removal of the principal of Heritage Elementary School in Highlands Ranch on Thursday afternoon.

Alan McQueen was relieved of his position as principal on Dec. 7.

Parents received a letter that didn’t say much or give specifics, but made it clear that the students would have a new principal.

A few dozen parents and students took to the streets near Heritage Elementary on Thursday evening.

Some carried signs with messages that read “We Support McQueen” and “Our Future Matters” in protest of the Douglas County School District’s decision to relieve McQueen of his duties.

Several parents had nothing but great things to say about McQueen. They also stressed that it is a great school and its record speaks for itself.

According to the Heritage Elementary website, McQueen had been the principal at the school since 2009.

“It is my unfortunate responsibility to inform you that Alan McQueen will no longer serve as the principal at Heritage Elementary due to the violation of Douglas County School District policy regarding substance abuse,” the letter stated.

It’s not clear exactly what McQueen did, but the district’s drug policy says employees can’t possess or be under the influence of drugs or alcohol on district property, at a school sponsored event, or on the way to work.

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On the same day McQueen was let go, Ally Berggren, the principal of Buffalo Ridge Elementary, resigned her position.