CBS San Francisco

OAKLAND (CBS News) — At Claremont Middle School, the principal, Mr. Richardson, seems to be everywhere, saying hello to everybody.

He’s so busy you might think there are two Mr. Richardsons. And you’d be right.

Since twin brothers Ronald and Reginald Richardson took over as co-principals at the school last year, students are never quite sure which one has an eye on them.

It often takes two to keep order in the school. In Oakland poverty, crime and gang violence are persistent problems that can spill over into the schoolyard. And a playground dispute can quickly escalate to real trouble.

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In 2011, before the Richardsons arrived, 35 percent of Claremont’s students were suspended for part of the year. This year, suspensions have dropped to just 7 percent.

And the principal’s job is no longer a revolving door. In the past, four principals came and went…

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