NYC Principal Allegedly Calls Black Teachers ‘Gorillas’

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In the filed affidavit, Riccardo stated that Zanca asked him after a meeting with Flanagan, “Did you see his big lips quivering?”

Meanwhile, Hightower was so turned off from her experience at Pan American that she has decided to stop teaching, “I’m leaving teaching altogether, knowing that this system is in place, and  knowing that no matter what I do, someone can still fire me for something I  can’t change, is very disappointing,” she told CBS.

Hightower and Flanagan have since filed a complaint with the DOE’s Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO).

According to the third teacher, Lisa-Erica James, who was tenured, she submitted her resignation because Zanca eliminated the theater program she oversaw, “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,” James said.

The growing outcry over Zanca’s antics have also led to an online petition at, which has thus far garnered nearly 1,200 signatures demanding the educator’s ouster and is sponsored by BK Nation and joined by the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), the Movement of Rank-and-File Educators, the social justice caucus within the UFT; the New York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCoRE); and the International Socialist Organization.

According to the New York Board of Education, Zanca has a clean record with no prior complaints lodged against her.


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4 thoughts on “NYC Principal Allegedly Calls Black Teachers ‘Gorillas’

  1. I am a teacher in an inner-city area outside of Chicago and my jaw is hanging open. I am so sad reading this. It is horrible. I feel sorry for the teachers and for the students at that school. I won’t make a long comment stating the obvious, but it is appalling.

  2. my buddy’s step-sister makes $67/hr on the internet. She has been without a job for 6 months but last month her check was $21499 just working on the internet for a few hours. Go to this web site and read more………….

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