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A white school principal John Holian who knelt a black student as part of an apology to a teacher – describing the punishment as “some kind of African regret” – resigned from his Catholic school on Long Island on Wednesday.
So what exactly is the “African way” of apologizing?? Headmaster John Holian’s racist bias is revolting and has NO place in ANY school. No CHILD deserves to endure such humiliation or get harsher treatment due to their race — at school or elsewhere!
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) March 24, 2021
Principal John Holian’s resignation
Uniondale School, St. Martin’s Marianist de Porres, has accepted principal John Holian’s resignation, a statement said on its website.
In the incident on February 25, an 11-year-old boy told his mother that a teacher had sent him to the principal’s office as punishment for starting a mission early.
Holian told the boy to get on his knees and apologize to the professor. He later said he learned of the approach of a Nigerian father who said it was an “African way” to express regret.
Holian was on vacation until his resignation on Wednesday after the controversy that followed.
“The management of the Marianist School of Saint-Martin de Porres continues to review the incident in question to ensure that it is not repeated in any form,” the school said.
“It is important to reassure students, parents and teachers that this incident does not reflect our long-established value of respect for the individual or established protocols regarding student issues.”
According to WPIX, a rally was held outside the school on Wednesday to support the boy and his family.
The student’s mother, Trisha Paul, told the station she had withdrawn her son from personal learning from the situation and urged the school to take further action.
“I am delighted that the principal has resigned. However, I think that is not enough. The teacher involved must also be held accountable,” said Paul.
About two dozen people demonstrated in solidarity with Paul, others came to Holian’s defense, according to the report.
“I’m not going to jump on the train because I personally have a son in this school and [the principal] is not racist. To me he was a father figure to my son,” Eleanor McCay told Pix11. .
The school has announced that social worker and administrator Shawn Lisa Torres will be the new principal immediately.