White Catholic school headmaster on leave for telling Black boy to kneel & apologize ‘the African way’

first_imgLONG ISLAND, NY / CNN — A White headmaster of a Catholic school has been put on leave after he allegedly told a Black student to kneel in apology, calling it “the African way” to apologize.The headmaster was removed from his position at St. Martin de Porres School in Hempstead, New York, after parent Trisha Paul went to the local press regarding the comment made to her 11-year-old son’s treatment at school.Paul said she noticed her son seemed sad after school one day late last month. When she asked him what was wrong, he said that he’d been sent to the headmaster’s office for working on an assignment in his Literature class during designated reading time.Paul said her son’s teacher took the assignment, tore it up, and brought her son to the headmaster’s office. Once there, Paul said, the headmaster told her son to kneel before the teacher in apology. AdvertisementWhen the headmaster called a few days later to discuss dates for her son’s first communion, Paul said she brought it up.The headmaster, according to Paul, told her about a former student whose father had once told him to bow when apologizing, calling it “the Nigerian way.”“I was just at a loss for words,” Paul, who along with her son is Black and of Haitian descent, said. “I didn’t understand the relevance.” Florida school board to rename six schools named after Confederate leaders June 7, 2021 Sikh boys harassed, attacked by older teens at mall June 6, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementTags: New YorkSchool DeSantis signs bill requiring moment of silence in Florida schools June 16, 2021 She said she tried to convey to the headmaster that he’d “humiliated and degraded my son,” but said she didn’t feel heard. She removed her son from in-person classes, and he currently attends remotely.“St. Martin’s neither condones nor accepts the actions of our headmaster,” Brother James Conway, the school’s acting headmaster, said in a statement. “The incident does not reflect our long, established values or the established protocols regarding student-related issues.”Paul said she was never notified of the disciplinary incident by the school.“I do believe that had my son not told me about this incident, it would have been brushed under the rug,” she said. “I’m hoping there’s some kind of resolution where he does step down,” she said of the headmaster. “I want there to be change. I want my child to be that person who makes a difference.”The headmaster, who has not been named, did not respond to requests for comment.The-CNN-Wire™ & © 2021 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved. Advertisement AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Collier County woman arrested for hitting boy with car in school zone May 17, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS Advertisementlast_img read more