NYC DOE investigates anti-white texts linked to black superintendent
The city Department of Education is investigating widely circulated screenshots of anti-white texts allegedly written by a black Staten Island superintendent, officials told the Post.
The impassioned texts, promising to get rid of white principals and “clean up this island,” were attributed to Ward 31 Chief Marion Wilson.
The screenshots were sent to Chancellor Banks and other DOE and city officials from the encrypted email address Mikeboy70@protonmail.com.
A message sent there went unanswered.
The screenshots shared by the two filmmakers with the Post are disturbing.
“No more white directors under my watch!” Says text under Wilson’s name.
“I need to clear this island,” another text reads. “White people need to recognize that it’s not a boys’ club anymore. A strong black woman is now leading this female dog, they can either go in or out. If it doesn’t come out, I will take it out one by one. They don’t know what hit them. This is going to be interesting.
A third text reads: “Chris the white donkey is GONE. It will be.
It’s an apparent reference to former District 31 Executive Director Christopher Anzalone, who moved to Brooklyn’s District 23 as executive director of school support and operations.
“I agreed to take CL… She keeps the white people away from me,” the text continues, apparently referring to Christine Loughlin, who was fired by Chancellor Banks as the head of Manhattan’s 3rd Ward.
Loughlin, who is white, is now the executive director of District 31 School Support and Operations.
Another screenshot shows someone texting Wilson about two white Staten Island principals, David Cugini of Susan Wagner HS, nephew of the late Christy Cugini, former Ward 31 chief, and Nicholas Mele IS 51:
“LOL Mele and Kugini play well. They are the first on the block,” he said.
After an NYPD officer was accused of punching a girl near IS 51 on Jan. 3, Wilson Banks and the DOE sent a team of inspectors to the school to check on the students’ well-being.
The review found the building safe and free of major problems, but sources believe Wilson overpowered Mele.
Wilson, 52, did not return a request for comment.
After the DOE press office alerted him to the emails, he refused to write the texts, saying haters were trying to smear him, officials told the Post.
The DOE told the Staten Island Advance on Friday that the texts were “false” and that a special commissioner of investigations into the city’s schools is looking into their origin — a charge SCI vehemently denied in a statement to the Post.
An SCI spokeswoman said a complaint had been received about the texts, but had been referred to the DOE “for appropriate action.”
SCI confirmed there is an open investigation into the matter, but would not discuss it.
SCI also blessed DOE spokesman Nathaniel Stier’s statement that “SCI is not investigating (Wilson). SCI investigates fake texts and identity theft.
An SCI spokesperson said: “This is not an SCI statement, so DOE should be aware not to speculate about confidential investigations conducted by SCI.
However, the DOE press office does not speak for SCI. SCI’s statement is that we do not endorse or discuss issues that cannot be resolved.
A Staten Island parent with a child in public schools was concerned after seeing the screenshots.
“It’s disturbing. It should be checked,” said the parents. “If that’s true, you don’t want someone like that running the show in the district. If not, someone needs to be held accountable. It should be transparent. »
A Staten Island official recalled, In Wilson’s defense, he appointed a white manager, Brandon Chall, to PS 56 after his predecessor’s death last year.
But Wilson has been outspoken about his push to hire more “BIPOC” — black, indigenous and people of color — to work in Staten Island schools, parents said.
Local black educators were honored at the College of Staten Island last month at a Black History event hosted by City Councilwoman Camilla Hanks and Deputy Majority Leader of the State Assembly Charles D. Fall.
“I wanted you to understand how amazing it is that under the leadership of Superintendent Dr. Marion Wilson and our Chancellor David C. Banks, we are now looking at 14 black principals on Staten Island,” Hanks said.
The Brooklyn manager cited complaints from co-workers: “Many assistant managers and managers expressed concerns about the 31st District Superintendent hiring only black administrators for vacant positions. Many current administrators who live on Staten Island have left for other boroughs.
The Board of School Superintendents and Administrators, which advocates for school principals, did not respond to a request for comment.
Staten Island State Assemblyman Michael Reilly would not discuss the screenshots, but said, “In my two years as District 31 superintendent, I have come to know Dr. Wilson as nothing more than an ally to our public schools and an advocate for students and parents. , and teachers.
He is a reliable public servant who has always dealt with me and my staff in the most professional and respectful manner.
Staten Island has the highest percentage of white students of any district — 40.3 percent, compared to 14.7 percent citywide, according to the DOE. The racial makeup includes 29.8% Hispanic, 14.2% Asian, and 12.8% Black.
Wilson, who joined DOE as director in 2006, was named superintendent of District 31 in September 2021 after two years as deputy superintendent and previously as administrator in Manhattan’s District 5.
Chancellor Banks reappointed him to Staten Island’s top post in June.
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