Reprimand Principal for Racist Remarks


Target: Dennis Walcott, Chancellor of Department of Education, New York City

Goal: Investigate principal for discriminating against faculty

Two teachers who were expecting to be hired permanently this year were fired by a principal who referred to them using racist slurs. Principal Minerva Zanca of Pan American International High School described the two teachers as having “big lips and nappy hair” as well other things. Since then the two teachers, along with another, have filed discrimination suits and hope to get their jobs back. Demand the Department of Education conduct a full investigation of the incident and terminate Principal Zanca for discrimination.

Principal Zanca has also been said to refer to one of the teachers as “a gorilla with nappy hair” according to the vice principal of Pan American. Since Zanca terminated the two teachers there are currently no African American teachers at the school. After hearing of this incident more than 150 people gathered on the front steps of the high school to protest the discrimination enacted by Zanca.

In a school that is filled with mostly Afro-Latino students it is unacceptable behavior to promote discrimination. There must be no tolerance for discrimination in the education system which is why there are strict anti-discrimination policies. Demand the Department of Education conduct a full investigation on Zanca and if found guilty, fire her immediately.


Dear Chancellor Walcott,

Recently two teachers at Pan American High School were denied tenure and fired shortly after. These two teachers were referred to as having “big lips and nappy hair” by the principal, Minerva Zanca. Since then the two teachers, along with another, have filed discriminatory suits against Zanca and hope to see action taken against her. We cannot allow people who discriminate against others to mold the minds of our youth. Investigate Minerva Zanca’s racial remarks and if proven true, terminate her.

It is unacceptable to promote discrimination, racism, or lack of tolerance to our students in any way. While most of the students at the high school are of Afro-Latino descent there are no longer any African American teachers. According to The New York City Department of Education Chancellor’s Regulation A830, it is against policy to discriminate based on race, color, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation. Zanca failed to comply with this rule and needs to be reprimanded for her actions. It must be made known that there is no space for discrimination in the education system.


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One Comment

  1. Tamara Heikalo says:

    The wrong people were fired. Let there be justice!

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