UNIONDALE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — The headmaster of a Long Island school has resigned following a racism allegation from a parent.
CBS2 spoke with Trisha Paul earlier this week. She said John Holian told her 11-year-old Black son to get on his knees while apologizing to his white teacher — an act the mother called racist.
“He stated that he should apologize the African or the Nigerian way, which was to kneel down,” Trisha Paul told CBS2’s Kiran Dhillon on Sunday. “He’s hurt, humiliated, sad disappointed. He’s just going through a lot of the emotions now.”
She said Holian told her he learned about the ritual from a Nigerian family whose child used to go to the school.
“There was an African father who came in and told their child to apologize the Nigerian or African way. That’s when it dawned upon me that maybe he generalized my child because he was Black,” Paul said.
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