A high school principal in Queens has come under fire for allegedly using racist language about two black teachers and unfairly firing them.
The principal, Minerva Zanca of Pan American International High School in the lower-middle class neighborhood of Elmhurst, allegedly described the teachers as “big-lipped,” “nappy-headed” and “gorillas,” reports CBS New York.
Assistant principal Anthony Riccardo filed an affidavit against Zanca containing the charges. In the affidavit, he claimed to have heard the principal hurl the slurs in private, post-observation conferences during the most recent school year.
Riccardo claimed that Zanca said one teacher “looked like a gorilla in a sweater,” reports WNYC. He said she called another teacher’s hair “nappy” and declared, “I could never have hair like that.”