With about a week and half before school starts, Fulton County School Officials are searching for a new principal for one North Fulton high school. Appointed in May, principal Dr. Nathan Buhl resigned Wednesday following Saturday night’s DUI charges.
Milton High School’s principal Nathan Buhl was involved in two separate car crashes, in two separate counties, and all happen one night, July 26. Authorities say Buhl faces DUI charges in both Forsyth and Cherokee counties as well as reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident and striking an unattended vehicle.
The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Department says Nathan Buhl hit a parked car at a residence in Cumming and left the scene. Authorities were able to link that car accident with the second crash. Cherokee County Authorities say Buhl crashed his car into a tree near the intersection of Cumming Highway and Old Mill Road. A Cumming man told CBS Atlanta News that his son-in-law wrote down Buhl’s car tag number after Buhl clipped his parked pick-up truck.
Witnesses of the second crash told 11Alive News that the car had sparks coming form up under it and they saw flames as Buhl weaved across the road before crashing. They say he is lucky to be alive today as he appeared to be traveling as fast as 70 miles per hour. Authorities say Buhl had a tire to blow out and was driving on the rim for about 14 miles. He also had to be cut out of the vehicle by emergency crews.
After a Breathalyzer test, Buhl reportedly blew a 0.19 which is more than twice the legal limit of 0.08. Milton High School parents, learning of the arrest on Wednesday, were both shocked and disappointed.
Nathan Buhl has not made any public comment since his arrest. WSB-TV obtained a copy of an email that can be read in full, and was sent to parents and school personnel. An excerpt of part of the email reads:
I did not give the students of Milton High School my very best. As such, I cannot continue to serve as their principal. Teenagers wrestle with the same kind of choices I faced Saturday night on a regular basis. How can I stand before them and tell them to do what I say, not what I did? How can I stand before their teachers, support staff and parents?
Fulton County School Superintendent Dr. Robert Avossa released a statement on Wednesday expressing his disappointment in the charges against Dr. Buhl, and pointing out that “Buhl has done the right thing by stepping down as principal.”
As the district searches for a new Milton High School principal, Ron Tesch, former Milton principal will step in as interim.
As students learn of their principal’s arrest, they are also learning a real life lesson about the serious impact, a bad decision like drinking and driving, can have on an individual’s life.