Elizabeth, N.J. principal charged with racist incident
ELIZABETH, NJ (PIX11) – School board members in Elizabeth, New Jersey knew they would have to deal with a troubling situation at their regular meeting: allegations of racism against a school principal.
Superintendent Olga Hugelmeyer said the council was “outraged” by the incident, adding that it was “dealt with immediately”.
A city source familiar with the matter said the main implicated was Yvonne McGovern of Mabel G. Holmes School. The outrage stems from an alleged encounter between McGovern and a young student with special needs who allegedly called other students and staff a racial slur.
Kason Little, a community organizer, said that instead of correcting the student’s behavior, McGovern told the student another offensive word to use instead.
“[She] gave him an alternative to continued racism,” Little told PIX11 News, “instead of actually dismantling it.
A source told PIX11 News that the district took disciplinary action by suspending McGovern. She was also transferred to another school and sent to sensitivity training.
But Little and other concerned residents said that was not enough.
“She’s still working,” community member Madeline Hoffman said Thursday night. “She works as a vice principal at another school. When in this country are we going to hold accountable people who say racist things? »
McGovern did not respond to PIX11 News’ request for comment. The school district declined to discuss the incident beyond what was said publicly at Thursday’s meeting, calling it a personnel issue.
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