The mayor of a Bergen County borough has referred to as for an investigation after a homophobic chat between public faculty academics was captured and shared throughout a Zoom class.
In a bunch chat dated Wednesday, Dumont Excessive Faculty academics seem to bash the sexual orientation and life-style of certainly one of their co-workers.
“Why is that child with the homosexual health club instructor?” asks one, in response to a screenshot of the chat posted on-line.
“Is that her adopted child? Who’s gonna be all f—-d up rising up watching 2 chicks kissing and calling them each mother,” says one other, in response to the screenshot.
Dumont Mayor Andrew LaBruno mentioned Wednesday the feedback have been made between Dumont Excessive Faculty academics throughout a bunch chat whereas the Zoom class was going down. Somebody captured the chat and shared it with others, the mayor mentioned.
In a press release posted to Fb, LaBruno referred to as the feedback “disturbing and very appalling” and mentioned he’s calling on colleges Superintendent Emanuele Triggiano to analyze the matter.
LaBruno mentioned Triggiano “has assured me that this incident is being taken critically and will likely be completely investigated.”
“These homophobic feedback don’t replicate our group’s values, nor do they signify our beliefs within the Borough of Dumont,” LaBruno mentioned. “We’re an inclusive and welcoming group.”
LaBruno famous that Dumont was one of many first communities to “elevate the delight flag in help of our (LGBTQ) neighbors.”
“Whereas there may be nonetheless a lot work to be performed combating in opposition to inequalities and standing up for human rights, our educators mildew our kids’s minds, and these feedback don’t have any place in our schooling system,” LaBruno mentioned.
Previously few days, 1000’s have signed a change.org petition to fireside the academics who made the insensitive feedback.
“This habits is unacceptable and shouldn’t be tolerated by the college district or its workers, and will end result of their pressured resignations instantly,” the petition states.
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