Principal of Idaho school, father of 7 dies from COVID

CALDWELL, Idaho — The principal at a southwestern Idaho public charter school has died due to COVID-19, the school’s board said.

The school board at Heritage Community Charter School in Caldwell announced the death of Javier Castaneda in a letter to parents.

The school’s website links to a GoFundMe page created Friday that said Castaneda died unexpectedly Wednesday as a result of becoming ill with COVID-19. He is survived by his wife and seven children.

The school board in the letter first reported by KTVB-TV said the school will provide counseling resources and other support for children at the school.

The school has some restrictions in place due to COVID-19. The school made facemasks optional.

Heritage Community Charter School announced the death of Javier Castaneda in a letter to parents.
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The school on its website said it focuses on a classical liberal arts education and uses a dual Spanish language immersion program to provide a strong foreign language emphasis.



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Principal threatened with citizen’s arrest after ordering COVID quarantine

An irate dad was among three men who threatened an Arizona principal with a citizen’s arrest because she ordered his child to quarantine because of a possible exposure to COVID-19, reports said.

The trio confronted principal Diane Vargo at Mesquite Elementary School in Tucson on Thursday.

“He had video in my face, and two other men barged into my office,” Vargo told a local NBC News affiliate. “And one of them was carrying zip ties. … They were three big men. I was scared. My assistant was scared.”

The student was reportedly present during the incident.

Police were called when the men refused to listen to the principal, who said she was following Pima County Health Department in her decision to quarantine the student for at least a week.

All three men were recording the principal and her aide, “and threatening to arrest us,” she told the outlet.

The father, Rishi Rambaran, 40, was arrested for Friday, charged with trespassing on school grounds, according to NBC. He was later released. The other two men don’t have kids at the school, Vargo said.

“I asked them to leave and they would not,” she said. “My door is open to talk to parents. But the way he did it was not OK.”

The Post has reached out to the Tucson Police Department.



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AZ dad threatens ‘citizen’s arrest’ of school principal because she quarantined his son, and gets arrested himself

The father of a child that was sent home for quarantine was arrested after he threatened a “citizen’s arrest” of a school principal and refused to leave the school.

Mesquite Elementary School principal Diane Vargo was accosted by the father and two other men on Thursday, one of whom recorded the altercation and posted it on Instagram.

“So we’re gonna confront them, tell them they’re breaking the law, and if they don’t comply with the law, we’re gonna call the sheriff, and ask for them to get arrested, if necessary, we’ll do a citizens’ arrest,” said one man on the Instagram video.

“Because these people who are supposed to be public servants can’t just take the law into their own hands and think they can step all over parental rights,” he explained.

The three men argued with the principal in her office for several minutes while live-streaming on Instagram and demanded that she allow the child to go to school.

“You are not allowed to quarantine students that aren’t sick,” said one man to the principal in the video. “If you insist in this we will call and have you arrested. We are willing to make a citizen’s arrest if necessary.”

Vargo argued that she was following the state’s law on social distancing but they accused her of ignoring the will of the people.

A spokesperson for Tucson Police Department said that the group left the school before they arrived but that the father of the student was later arrested for trespassing on school property.

The man was identified as 40-year-old Rishi Rambaran by police who released him after issuing a citation.

Officials said the principal was not harmed in the incident.

In a video statement to KVOA-TV on Facebook, Vargo said that she felt violated by the altercation.

“I felt violated that they were in my office, claiming that I was breaking the law, and that they were going to arrest me in these military grade large zip-ties,” said Vargo who teared up during her statement.

“And these large men in my office, two of the men weren’t parents at our school, and so I felt threatened,” she added. “I felt scared.”

Vargo said that she was only following the protocols from Pima County Health Department. She added that the district is going to pursue charges for the other two men who were with the parent.





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Arizona father threatens school principal with citizen’s arrest, zip tie over quarantine rules

Wielding zip ties, an Arizona father threatened the principal of his son’s elementary school with a citizen’s arrest upon learning his child would be required to quarantine after coming into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

The school district confirmed that the father arrived Thursday morning at the Mesquite Elementary School with his son and two other men to protest the quarantine policy. The men told the principal, Diane Vargo, that they would conduct a citizen’s arrest if the child was not permitted to enter the school building.

Schools in the state are required to report virus cases to the county health department, which in turn assesses who needs to quarantine. John Carruth, the district superintendent, said Thursday was a “tough day.”

“One of the most powerful tools as adults is the behavior that we model to young people – and the behavior that was modeled today makes me really sad,” he said. 

In August, Arizona GOP Gov. Doug Ducey said that state would not provide federal COVID-19 relief funds to public school districts that required students to ear masks.

“Parents are in the driver’s seat, and it’s their right to make decisions that best fit the needs of their children,” he said at the time. 



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NYC high school principal investigated after teacher claims sexual harassment

After a Lower East Side high school principal was accused of sexually pressing his groin against a teacher’s leg at a staff holiday party, a Department of Education lawyer asked witnesses for help “to prepare a defense,” records show.

John Colin, a special-ed teacher at the Lower Manhattan Arts Academy, filed a sex-discrimination complaint with the state Division of Human Rights against his boss, Principal Derek Premo.

Premo approached Colin and two female teachers at Pianos, a Lower East Side tavern where the Dec. 19., 2019, gathering took place. 

Premo pressed his groin against Colin’s leg, under the bar-height table — and kept it there during the entire 20-minute conversation, the complaint states.

“It was very uncomfortable because I could feel his penis on my leg, and he was leaning his face very close to mine. . . VERY uncomfortable, ” Colin stated.

“Then he started telling me about how he and his husband liked to have parties,” Colin wrote, adding that Premo emphasized the word “parties” and was “looking directly into my eyes when he said it.”

Principal Derek Premo is accused of pressing his groin against John Colin’s leg.
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Colin named the two fellow teachers as witnesses, saying he discussed the incident with them the next day.

He put off filing a complaint during the pandemic, when he worked remotely, but did so this year after uneasy feelings resurfaced during a sex-harassment seminar.

Weeks later, DOE lawyer Sari Goldmeer Rella  wrote a letter to both witnesses citing the complaint, and saying she needed assistance “to prepare a defense.” She asked them to call her.

In the letter, reviewed by The Post, Rella also told them not to discuss the matter with Colin, and added, “If you are contacted by anyone from the (State Division of  Human Rights) do not discuss the case and refer that individual to me.”

That raised the eyebrows of Brooklyn College and CUNY Grad School education professor David Bloomfield.

“It appears they’re inappropriately using their supervisory authority over the witnesses to suppress evidence in the state investigation,” he said. “They can’t keep an employee from speaking to an investigating authority. They’re apparently using their leverage over the teachers to protect themselves.”

DOE spokeswoman Katie O’Hanlon would not say whether Rella is defending the DOE or Premo, or both.

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“Harassment of any kind is not tolerated at the DOE, and we are thoroughly investigating this disturbing allegation, while fully cooperating with the state’s investigation,” she said.

Colin, 56, retired this summer, saying in his complaint that he feared retaliation by Premo and Superintendent Vivian Orlen.

Premo could not be reached for comment.



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Parents Outraged After Black Principal Segregates Students Based on Race: Report

Judging people by the content of their character instead of the color of their skin is too simple to the progressive left these days.

We’ve seen this mindset exemplified in critical race theory, which teaches students that the past determines their future and that they are born with an inherent potential (or lack of potential) for success on the basis of skin color.

It’s a fatalistic and unfair take on the world that encourages racial minorities to believe they are somehow inherently less qualified than and suppressed by their white counterparts.

It’s a segregating mentality that says it’s okay to draw distinctions between people based on something outside of their control — even if it means reviving an unfair practice outlawed over half a century ago.

On that note, a shocking story came out of Georgia earlier this week, proving these reinvigorated racial divisions have gone way too far.

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Principal Sharyn Briscoe is taking heat from parents for allegedly racially segregating students at Mary Lin Elementary School in Atlanta.

“We’ve lost sleep trying to figure out, like, why would a person do this,” parent Kila Posey told WSB-TV.

Do you blame the left for the rise in racial division?

Posey who, according to the Atlanta Black Star, is vice president of operations for the parent-teacher association, described her disgust with the policy that began last year.

“First, it was just disbelief that I was having this conversation in 2020 with a person that looks just like me — a black woman,” she said. “It’s segregating classrooms. You cannot segregate classrooms. You can’t do it.”

The move meant black students were placed in two separate classrooms with two separate teachers, Posey said.

White students, however, were placed in six classrooms with six different teachers, according to the parent.

Posey said she discovered the unfair practice when she asked Briscoe if her daughter could be placed in a classroom with an instructor she preferred.

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The response? That wouldn’t work.

“She said that’s not one of the black classes, and I immediately said, ‘What does that mean?’ I was confused. I asked for more clarification. I was like, ‘We have those in the school?’ And she proceeded to say that, ‘Yes. I have decided that I’m going to place all of the black students in two classes,’” Posey elaborated.

The mother then pressed Briscoe to integrate her daughter with the white students, to which Briscoe allegedly replied that her child would be isolated from the group.

“I explained to her she shouldn’t be isolated or punished because I’m unwilling to go along with your illegal and unethical practice,” Posey said.

A call to the assistant principal confirmed that Briscoe was responsible for the decision to segregate students. Posey responded by filing a discrimination complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights.

The development begs us to ask — is this what constitutes progressive to the American left?

It’s safe to say that implementing a Jim Crow-era policy is exactly the opposite — regressive, if you will.

As mystifying as it is to witness such a flawed practice coming back into play, should we really be shocked?

Some aspects of the past are unthinkable to us now — slavery and segregation rank among them.

I don’t like imagining a future in which racial tensions have flared to such insurmountable heights that we revert to placing people in boxes and labeling them according to society’s interpretations.

I’d like to think my children will come of age in the same learning environment that I did — where children of all races, cultural backgrounds, religions, etc. can come together to view their differences as unique instead of adversarial to each other.

Though this particular racist display came from an unlikely source, it’s a prime example of where the dogma behind CRT can lead.

If we portray the system — any system — as inherently oppressive while voting more authority unto that system, we’ve lost at our own game.

It’s time to decentralize authority as we’ve always stressed, to place people’s destinies in their own hands instead of leaving them subject to what the system does.

I have faith that we are more alike than different — regardless of what partitioners think.

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Black principal allegedly segregated Atlanta elementary students according to race — and black parent files federal complaint against school

Kila Posey told WSB-TV she met last year with the principal of Mary Lin Elementary School in Atlanta simply because she wanted her child with a teacher she thought would be a good fit.

But Posey revealed stunning news she said she received from Principal Sharyn Briscoe, the station noted.

‘That’s not one of the black classes’

“She said that’s not one of the black classes, and I immediately said, ‘What does that mean?’ I was confused. I asked for more clarification,” Posey told WSB. “I was like, ‘We have those in the school?’ And she proceeded to say that, ‘Yes. I have decided that I’m going to place all of the black students in two classes.'”

That’s right. Segregated classrooms according to race. Black students in two classrooms with two teachers, and white students in six classrooms with six teachers, the station said.

Posey — who is vice president of the parent teacher association, Black Enterprise reported — was stunned, the station said.

“First, it was just disbelief that I was having this conversation in 2020 with a person that looks just like me — a black woman,” Posey told WSB. “It’s segregating classrooms. You cannot segregate classrooms. … You can’t do it.”

She added to the station that “we’ve lost sleep … trying to figure out why would a person do this.”

Posey told WSB she insisted to Briscoe that her child be placed in a class with white students — and said Briscoe told her that her child would be isolated.

“I explained to her she shouldn’t be isolated or punished because I’m unwilling to go along with your illegal and unethical practice,” Posey added to the station.

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The Poseys recorded a call with an assistant principal where they complained about the segregated classes. The administrator confirmed it was the principal’s decision and seemed to offer an explanation for why the classes were set up this way.

“I just wish we had more black kids, and then some of them are in a class because of the services that they need,” the administrator said on the recording, according to the station.

Federal complaint filed

In the end, Posey filed a discrimination complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, WSB reported.

Posey’s attorney Sharese Shields told the station that the segregated classrooms at the elementary school are a violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Shields noted to WSB that the law states that “you cannot treat one group of people differently based upon race, and that is what is going on at Mary Lin.”

What did the school district have to say?

Atlanta Public Schools offered a statement to the station in regard to Posey’s allegations, which stated, “Atlanta public schools does not condone the assigning of students to classrooms based on race. The district conducted a review of the allegations. Appropriate actions were taken to address the issue and the matter was closed.”

WSB said the district did not indicate the nature of the actions it said it took.

But Posey isn’t done, telling the station she wants the principal and her administration removed for allowing segregated classes.

“My community, had they known about this, would probably be extremely upset,” Posey told WSB. “Not just the black parents but also white parents.”

The station said the Poseys are waiting for the U.S. Department of Education to conclude its investigation.





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Parent files complaint after Atlanta principal segregates kids by race – HotAir

Kila Posey is the parent of an elementary age student in an Atlanta public school. And for reasons that will become obvious in a moment, it’s significant that Posey and her child are black. Recently, she asked principal Sharyn Briscoe to move her child into a classroom with a specific teacher believing that would do best there. The principal said no and the reason why confused Posey at first:

“She said that’s not one of the Black classes, and I immediately said, ‘What does that mean?’ I was confused. I asked for more clarification. I was like, ‘We have those in the school?’ And she proceeded to say, ‘Yes. I have decided that I’m going to place all of the Black students in two classes,’” Posey said.

Posey said she insisted her child be placed in a class with white students. She said Briscoe explained her child would be isolated.

“I explained to her she shouldn’t be isolated or punished because I’m unwilling to go along with your illegal and unethical practice,” Posey said.

Briscoe’s plan had placed all of the black kids into two specific classes and all of the white kids into six different classrooms. Posey spoke to an assistant principal by phone about the situation and recorded the call. During the conversation, the assistant principal confirmed that the decision to segregate classrooms by race had been made by Principal Briscoe. Posey then filed a federal complaint against the school, accusing it of violating Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

At this point you might be wondering why this isn’t one of the biggest stories in the country. A principal segregating young kids by race in a public school? Is this the return of George Wallace? Is this principal some far right extremist? Well, not exactly. In fact, principal Briscoe is black which is one reason Kila Posey found the situation so confusing.

“We’ve lost sleep like trying to figure out why would a person do this,” Posey said…

“First, it was just disbelief that I was having this conversation in 2020 with a person that looks just like me — a Black woman,” Posey said. “It’s segregating classrooms. You cannot segregate classrooms. You can’t do it.”

And that’s probably why this story is running on a loop at CNN and MSNBC. Atlanta Public Schools released a statement which said, “Atlanta public schools does not condone the assigning of students to classrooms based on race. The district conducted a review of the allegations. Appropriate actions were taken to address the issue and the matter was closed.”

Nothing to see here. Move along please.

The Department of Education is still investigating the situation and hasn’t released any findings yet but I suspect this principal made this decision on the basis of a particular left-wing outlook, one which has been getting a lot of attention lately. If you guessed anti-racism based on principles of Critical Race Theory, you’re probably right. Maybe DOE will eventually explain it or maybe this entire story will just fade into obscurity because it’s not helpful to the movement. But you can probably imagine how this would have gone if a white principal had segregated kids. He would have become a household name on his way to unemployment. Here’s the local news report:



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NYC Principal Allegedly Conspires to Oust White Teachers, Move Backfires and She May Get the Boot Instead

Karma has boomeranged on a left-wing New York City principal who allegedly plotted to get rid of white teachers because, according to her colleagues, she “definitely has something against white people.”

Now, her job is on the line.

Paula Lev, who’s Dominican, is the principal of the High School for Law and Public Service in Washington Heights — a neighborhood that’s 67.9 percent Hispanic.

She’s under investigation for allegedly trying to divide employees by race and attempting to conspire with other teachers to oust white faculty members, the New York Post reported Saturday.

Amid Lev’s apparent anti-white hostility, a whopping 83 percent of her racially diverse staff voted that “they no longer have confidence” in her ability to lead their school.

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The stunning revelations were uncovered in a damning complaint filed last week with the Department of Education’s Office of Equal Opportunity.

The complaint was signed by most of the faculty at Lev’s school, which is comprised of black, Hispanic, Asian, Jewish and white teachers.

The staff members accused Lev of being a vindictive bigot who “flagrantly but unsuccessfully attempted to divide our school by race.”

“She definitely has something against white people,” said the complaint, which was reviewed by the Post.

Should Paula Lev be fired?

“As a school staff, we have lost confidence, creditibility, trust, and most importantly, we have lost hope in Ms. Lev as a principal at the High School for Law & Public Service.”

One minority teacher alleged that in June, Lev tried to rope him into participating in a shady plot to oust an unidentified white female staffer.

“Ms. Lev has asked me to conspire with her on a couple of occasions in getting rid of my colleague,” the faculty member said in the Department of Education filing.

“She also stated to me in Spanish that she was ‘going to get rid of all these white teachers that aren’t doing anything for the kids of our community,’” the complaint said.

“I believe Ms. Lev is not suited for the position of principal because of the comments she has made to me about white people and the malicious ways in which she thinks and speaks. She is not fit to be a leader of a school.”

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A week after that teacher blew the whistle on Lev, she informed him that he was no longer needed at the school and should look for another job.

“He blew the whistle on her and a week later he was excessed,” a colleague told the Post.

Faculty members said they started noticing Lev’s abusive weaponization of the race card in February when Nick Bacon — a white teacher and the leader of a local teachers union — filed a routine grievance about a labor issue that would have negatively impacted much of the staff.

That caused Lev to angrily accuse Bacon of racism in front of six other staffers.

“I wasn’t sure what your problem with me was, maybe it’s because I am a woman of color and you’re a white man?” Lev said to Bacon, according to a March 2 letter to the district’s school superintendent, Manny Ramirez, that was signed by most of the school’s faculty.

The labor issue was eventually resolved in the union’s favor, so Lev halfheartedly tried to smooth things over with Bacon by apologizing to him for publicly accusing him of being a racist.

During her private apology to Bacon, Lev said she was only sorry that she had berated him in public — not that her accusations were baseless and defamatory, according to the Post.

She then castigated Bacon over his so-called white privilege and suggested that he read the inflammatory 2018 book “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism.”

Lev, who earns $165,542 a year as principal, is married to another city school principal, Benjamin Lev of the Hamilton Grange School in Harlem.

In a farcical irony, Paula Lev’s husband appears to be white.

This is a recurring theme among anti-white leftists such as Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Vice President Kamala Harris and CNN activist Don Lemon.

They are all married to white people, even as they routinely demonize and scapegoat the white race.

This complaint about the left-wing school principal is part of an alarming trend that has normalized anti-white animus.

It’s being rabidly pushed by prominent Democrats and amplified by their media puppets.

While leftists disingenuously claim this dangerous rhetoric promotes racial justice, the only thing it does is stoke race wars — all so Democrats can retain their grip on power indefinitely.





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NYC principal allegedly conspired to oust white employees, now being investigated after faculty fought back

The principal of High School for Law and Public Service in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan allegedly wanted to oust all white teachers from the school.

Now the principal has been hit with a vote of “no confidence” after the faculty challenged the wild racial conspiracy.

What are the details?

A complaint filed against principal Paula Lev claims she told a faculty member at her school that she “was going to get rid of all these white teachers that aren’t doing anything for the kids of our community,” according to the New York Post. Lev allegedly made the remark in Spanish.

The complaint, filed with New York City’s Department of Education Office of Equal Opportunity, alleges Lev asked that faculty member to “conspire with her” to carry out the plan.

“She definitely has something against white people,” the faculty member allegedly said of Lev in the complaint.

“I believe Ms. Lev is not suited for the position of principal because of the comments she has made to me about white people and the malicious ways in which she thinks and speaks. She is not fit to be a leader of a school,” the complaint says. “As a school staff, we have lost confidence, creditability, trust, and most importantly we have lost hope in Ms. Lev as a principal at the High School for Law & Public Service.”

The faculty member filed the complaint after Lev allegedly approached him and “pressured him to help her engineer the ouster of a colleague, an unidentified white female staffer,” according to the Post. “Lev wanted the faculty member to get a state education certification, the complaint states, so he would not have the same title as the targeted colleague, clearing the way for Lev to ‘excess’ the more senior staffer.”

New York City’s DOE is reportedly investigating the incident.

What did the faculty do?

According to the Post, the faculty at the school met last month to consider various reasons why they no longer had confidence in Lev’s ability to lead their school, including that she “flagrantly but unsuccessfully attempted to divide our school community by race” and has “disrespected, slandered, and/or arbitrarily gone after respected educators, to the detriment of our entire school community.”

During the meeting, the majority of the faculty voted that they no longer had confidence in Lev.

“With almost the entire 40+ membership voting, including both tenured and untenured teachers, paraprofessionals, and related service professionals, 83.3% voted that they no longer have confidence in our principal to lead our school,” an email told staffers.

The DOE has not responded to comments about the situation.





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