Ap principal in a New Jersey High School seems to have been "demoted"
for her failure to notice a school sign with spelling errors:
"The message on the sign above the entry-way to Paterson's Public
School Number 20 included three mistakes:
1) December was spelled "Dicember,"
2) report as "reepor" and
3) "1" was placed backwards.
The errors drew the ire of school Paterson Board of Education member
Corey Teague, who saw a photo of the misspelled sign on Facebook.
"At first I didn't believe it," Teague told CBS New York. "I thought
it was Photoshopped or something."
When Teague found out it was real, he shared the photo on Facebook.
"How can we expect our children to learn how to spell when the
administration can't?" Teague wrote. "We must be held to a higher
"We can't assume because it's an urban district — inner-city — that
things like this can be swept over," he told the CBS affiliate. "If it
were a suburban neighborhood, parents would be outraged."
School officials told NJ.com that the lettering "was placed by a
custodian and the sign was near an entrance not normally used by
staff." It was later corrected.
After the gaffe was picked up by several local news outlets,
Antoinette Young, the school's principal, was reassigned as a vice
principal at a different school.
The school district did not disclose the reason for her demotion, but
according to NorthJersey.com, Young was already under review for
unrelated performance issues.
Not everyone agreed with the reassignment.
"They don't talk about all the good things she's done with the kids,"
Linda Martinez told CBS New York. "We're sad to see her go."