A Queens high school principal has drawn the ire of community members after allegedly making racially charged remarks about several employees.
Minerva Zanca, the principal of Pan American International High School, allegedly targeted several black teachers who recently filed complaints with the Department of Education Office of Equal Opportunity, according to the Queens Tribune.
Two of the teachers, who were fired, say they were victims of harassment and that their poor performance ratings were a result of racial discrimination. Another teacher, who quit, said she also felt targeted because of her race.
In a witness statement, the school's assistant principal, Anthony Riccardo confirmed their claims. He said Zanca called the teachers "gorillas" and made comments about their "big lips" and "nappy hair," according to WNYC.
"We're the only African-American teachers, and all three of us have left – which means there is no African-American teachers at the school when over half the population of the students look like us," Lisa-Erika James, the teacher who quit, told CBS New York.
"We really just want them to hold the principal accountable for her actions," John Flanagan, who was fired, told DNAinfo.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
NYC Principal makes racist comments
A NYC Principal of Pan American International High School that serves immigrant students who have been in the country for less than four years, has been accused of making racist remarks about a few non-white teachers. Read more about this via the link below.