When the principal of Technology High School
, Bruce Mims
, stepped down last month, he
cited "personal and professional reasons.
didn't mention that he'd been caught calling himself a Navy SEAL.
Mims led Technology High, the Rohnert Park magnet school with the highest academic scores in Sonoma County, since the fall of 2011.
resigned in early October.
On Thursday, Mims acknowledged in a televised interview with ABC7 that he'd told Tech High's teachers, students and parents he had been a member of the Navy's elite fighting crew when in fact he never was.
on Friday told The Press Democrat
agreed to the interview because he
felt that, as a role model, he
needed to explain himself.
"I understood that I needed to accept responsibility for my shortcomings," he