Joel Klein Moves To Have Queens Assistant Principal Fired For Racism
April 26, 2005
NY 1

Schools Chancellor Joel Klein says he's moving to have an assistant principal accused of mistreating Haitian students at her Queens school fired.

The Department of Education says investigators confirmed allegations that Assistant Principal Nancy Miller called students from the only bilingual class at P.S. 34 "animals" and forced them to eat lunch with their hands. It was punishment for a fight that only a few of the students were involved in.

Miller has already been reassigned.

A representative for the students' parents says the school's principal should be punished as well.

"We are not quite satisfied because the principal herself should have been at least removed because she was supporting the assistant principal and at the same time, it seems like, according to the parents, she was trying to cover up," said Dr. Henry Frank of the Haitian Centers Council.

The investigation did not confirm allegations of a cover-up.