Miami area principal removed from post for Facebook comments on McKinney

Yesterday, I wrote about a Texas teacher who was fired after her racist Facebook post about the McKinney pool incident became national news.  Another educational figure has been placed on leave for a Facebook post related to the story.

The person in question is Alberto Iber, the principal of North Miami High School.  Here’s the post:

Alberto Iber FB

That’s it.  It’s literally three sentences, but it was enough to result in Iber’s removal as principal.  In a statement about the removal, Superintendent Alberto Carvahlo said:

“Judgment is the currency of honesty. Insensitivity — intentional or perceived — is both unacceptable and inconsistent with our policies, but more importantly with our expectation of common sense behavior that elevates the dignity and humanity of all, beginning with children.”

North Miami High School is 99% African-American.

Iber, who has since been reassigned to administrative duties with the school district, said in a statement, “I support law enforcement, and also the community and students that I serve as the proud principal of North Miami Senior High. The comment I posted was simply made as the result of a short video that I watched and my personal opinion.”

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this story is the statement made by Iber on Facebook.  Was there anything blatantly racist about this post?  No.  Covertly?  Maybe, yes.  You could argue it both ways.  However, as I’ve said countless times before, public officials (including those in education) have to be so careful with what they post.
Honestly?  If you are in education, or a field like it, you have to steer clear of ANY posts related to this incident, or any other story/comment which makes a judgement on race.  The personal stakes are far, far too high.

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