The principal of North Miami Senior High School has lost his job over his Facebook comment defending the Texas police officer caught on video pushing a teen girl to the ground in an incident at a community pool.
Alberto Iber’s comment had defended the officer seen in a video pushing a 15-year-old girl to the ground and drawing his gun on other black teens following a pool party in McKinney, a Dallas suburb.
“He did nothing wrong. He was afraid for his life,” Iber posted on a Miami Herald story. “I commend him for his actions.”
Iber was removed from the position and replacement will be named soon, Miami-Dade Schools officials said in a statement Wednesday.
“Miami-Dade County Public Schools employees are held to a higher standard, and by School Board policy, are required to conduct themselves, both personally and professionally, in a manner that represents the school district’s core values,” the statement said.
Iber is still employed and was assigned to administrative duties until he is reassigned, officials said.
No one was home at Iber’s home Wednesday.
“Judgment is the currency of honesty,” Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said in a statement. “Insensitivity – intentional or perceived – is both unacceptable and inconsistent with our policies, but more importantly with our expectation of common sense behavior that elevates the dignity and humanity of all, beginning with children.”
School is out for the summer but what happened to the principal was the topic of discussion at a basketball camp Wednesday.
“I don’t think he meant it in a harmful way,” student Cole Crawford said.
“If you’re running a majority black school and you say a remark such as that people will not respect you,” student Price Testinobles said.