A Florida Elementary School Principal Wanted White Students Separated From Blacks
The school administrator was fired after she sent her staff an email requesting that they put all the white students in one class according to Tampa Bay Times. Campbell Park Elementary is a predominantly Black school.
The school held a meeting with parents on Monday where they grilled Hoffman about why she felt that white students should be separated from the Black students. Her response? Well…
Parents asked why Hoffman wanted white children separated from their children, and Hoffman responded that she wanted students to be comfortable, Ford said.
Comfortable. She wanted white students to be comfortable. Community member Denise Ford stated exactly what you’re probably thinking right now:
“The parents said that as black people we are used to being the only black person in the classroom and no one is making sure we are comfortable,” Ford said. “The parents were not accepting of any excuse. We accept your apology, but you have to go.”
In a follow-up email sent two days after the initial Jim Crow-y communication, Hoffman tried to clean up her spill on aisle 6:
“I made a mistake, and I am sorry,” Hoffman wrote.
She then sent a similar letter to the students’ parents.
“As a white woman leading a predominately black school, I am approaching this as an opportunity to learn,” Hoffman wrote in the letter. “Although I have participated in training on diversity and implicit bias, this recent incident makes it clear that I need to seek additional opportunities to apply racial sensitivity and cultural competence in my work. I want all of my actions and decisions as principal to only strengthen and unite our school as we meet the needs of our students.”
Yeah, yeah, yeah, bye, bish. Lisa Wolf, Pinellas County Schools spokeswoman, said the Hoffman will not return to Campbell Park, but did not say if she will be allowed to work at another school in the district.
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