New Principal, sexual harasser, needs to go
John Chase, principal of Bronxdale Academy…
wait a minute. This is a no-brainer. The school has been around exactly one term. This guy didn’t even design the school. Just a stiff behind a desk.
Oh yeah, and harassing his staff. Some of his staff. School aide. Secretary. Community Liaison. Precisely those who cannot disappear into a classroom to perform their duties.
Am I just saying this? Reporting Rumor? Nah. The Office of Equal Opportunity said so, in their first run at this creep. And there are two more investigations pending.
If a teacher did what this guy did, the teacher would be removed, pending disposition. (I get that. The teacher would also have their pay suspended – without a finding that’s plain wrong. Another serious, senseless giveback from 2005 that needs to be undone).
In today’s Daily News, Walcott is quoted as saying “I’m not going to remove him, but he knows he cannot have any similar type of comments. He is on a very strict line as far as his behavior,” which sounds terrible. But maybe not. Klein never made “strict line” comments about Richard Bost or Tammy Smith, who are finally gone due to external events, or Barbara Kirkweg or Iris Blige who should be, but are still here. Maybe that “strict line” comment is a signal for what might happen. But we need to keep up the pressure.
There’s a rally, in front of Columbus this Tuesday. A rally to demand his ouster. Chase Chase. Get him out. 3:30 PM. 925 Astor Avenue, in the Bronx. 2 to Pelham Parkway or the 5 to Pelham Parkway.
There are politicians coming to lend their support. Jeff Klein. Naomi Rivera. Jimmy Vacca. Their voices will be there. And I know, personally, maybe 25 people who will be there. Maybe 50. But there should be 250. Or 500. Or even more.
Facebook Event (Chase Chase!)
Our members and colleagues should not be subjected to sexual harassment. Period. Our non-classroom colleagues are even more vulnerable. We must stand up for them. And we should enjoy the sense of power that comes from gathering for a just cause. Get used to it.