‘I was in shock’: NYC principal in hot water over email urging staff to ‘take action’ for Palestinians

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A Brooklyn middle school principal is under fire for exploiting her position of authority to proselytize to teachers and administrators about the ongoing conflict in Israel.

In an email sent Wednesday, Charles O. Dewey MS 136 middle school principal Amanda Bueno urged teachers and administrators to “take action” explicitly in support of the Palestinians and then listed ways in which they could do exactly that.

“If you have been watching the news in absolute horror, you are not alone. You can take action today by protesting, attending a vigil, making a public commitment to Palestinian Liberation, signing a petition, or calling your government officials to place sanctions on Isreal [sic],” she wrote, according to the New York Post.

“The time is now to take a stand for those impacted by state-sanctioned violence and crimes against the humanity of the most vulnerable in our world,” she reportedly added.

She also linked teachers and administrators to a bevy of highly politicized websites, including TeachPalestine.com (there’s no such place as Palestine) and a far-left news site unironically known as “The Real News.”

Also included in the email was a small blurb in support of critical race theory propaganda.

“As US governments push to restrict anti-racist education in several states, we must keep pushing forward,” Bueno wrote, according to the email in an image shared by the Post.

The email was not appreciated.

“I opened the email and I was in shock. I felt very targeted and very attacked by her words,” one MS 136 teacher, a Jewish woman, told the Post.

The teacher reportedly added, “These resources she provided, it’s propaganda. There was nothing in the email about Hamas rockets targeting innocent Israeli civilians.”

Much like the mainstream media’s coverage of the crisis in Israel, Bueno’s email did indeed seem to provide one-sided coverage that portrayed the Israelis as innately bad and the Palestinians as innately good.

Similarly, the mainstream media has mostly ignored a spate of recent anti-Semitic hate crimes across the country, but particularly so in New York.

New York City Council candidate Inna Vernikov, a Republican who used to be a staffer for Assemblyman Dov Hikind and currently runs her own law firm, responded to the email by submitting a letter to NYC Department of Education chancellor Meisha Ross Porter demanding that Bueno be “immediately reprimanded.”

“No city employee should be allowed to espouse and push their political views or agenda onto other employees or subordinates with impunity. Teachers should not be made to feel intimidated by their higher-ups. Any employee of a New York city public school who calls on its colleagues or subordinates to engage in political activity should be immediately reprimanded,” she wrote.

Local parents reportedly agree with this sentiment.

“Wrong, wrong, wrong. Stay in the middle. You are saying, ‘Support this group and not the other.’ That’s wrong,” one parent said to the Post.

“I don’t take sides. As a principal, I don’t think she should,” another parent added.

“She should remain neutral because in New York, you have so many different groups of people,” a third parent chimed in.

The only problem is that Porter appears to be a far-leftist with her own history of forcing political ideologies down the throats of subordinates. During her tenure as the superintendent for Bronx schools, she allegedly forced her subordinates to make a “black power” salute at official gatherings.

“At official gatherings of high-level Department of Education bosses, then-Bronx superintendent Meisha Ross Porter often asked the group to do the arms-across-the-chest gesture of solidarity from the mythical African nation of Wakanda. The salute is considered a symbol of empowerment,” the New York Post reported in February.

“When Rafaela Espinal — a Dominican-American who describes herself as Afro-Latina — declined to join in, she ‘was admonished and told that it was inappropriate for her not to participate,’ according to a Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit filed Feb. 3 against the city DOE, Chancellor Richard Carranza and some of his top-ranking lieutenants.”

Many NYC officials, including Mayor Bill de Blasio, are far-leftists, so it’s unclear whether anything will even be done about Bueno.

That being said, an NYC Department of Education spokesperson claimed to the Post that her actions are “being addressed internally and was referred to [the special commissioner of investigation] for further investigation.”

“Schools are not public forums for purposes of political expression, and staff may not use DOE resources in the furtherance of personal or political activities,” the spokesperson added.

Ideally yes, but then again, this is New York …

Vivek Saxena

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