Using the online chat and file sharing service Slack, several Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy teachers engaged in inappropriate conversations about their students’ intelligence.
On Monday, students, faculty, and staff received a mass email from a teacher who claims her account was hacked. The message contained a link to a Google Doc with 18 pages worth of Slack screenshots, according to Uproxx.
One student, Hudson Deighan, was shocked to read her trusted teachers ridiculing her for a spelling error.
“Here’s how Hudson spelled Ta-Nehisi Coates: Tonahese quotes,” wrote one of her teachers on June 14, just after their weekly meeting together, to which another responded, “[expletive] idiot.”
Dieghan was mortified and said reading the comments brought her to tears.
“I thought I was straightforward with him and he’d be straightforward with me,” she reportedly said. “But I guess he just doesn’t like me, and I guess none of the teachers like me at all.”
Unfortunately, the messages only got crueler from there. One teacher wrote, “Man I wish we could hit them” referring to the students.
Some of the most offensive messages berated kids’ parents.
“Did you ever hear from Hudson’s mom?” one teacher asked. “I did not,” responded another. “What a loser. Truly. There is more to success than where you go to school. Clearly Columbia doesn’t provide access to parenting programs, or if they do, she didn’t take advantage,” he wrote back.
Another teacher accused a parent of being a liar and proceeded to send in all caps for emphasis, “I CANNOT WITH HER I HOPE HER STUPID SON FAILS ALL OF HIS CLASSES.”
While teaching is undeniably a stressful profession, these educators’ deplorable, expletive-laced venting session was highly inappropriate — especially using a platform that is meant for work purposes.
It’s a known fact that digital communication services are not as “private” as the providers lead you to believe.
The school’s director of internal affairs, Jen LoPiccolo, said an internal investigation into the situation is underway, The Washington Post reports.
“I want to be crystal clear, many of the comments written are deeply disturbing and offensive. As the founding school leader, executive director of the organization, and parent of three scholars in the program, I am deeply saddened and disappointed,” the school’s executive director Jeremy Chiappetta wrote in an open letter posted online. “Parents put their trust in teachers and the school, and that trust has been violated.”
So far, three teachers have already resigned since the scandal broke and it’s expected that others who were involved will follow suit.
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