N.Y. Principal Accused Of Creepy Oral-Sex Comments To Be Reassigned

John Chase Jr.When a principal in the Bronx made remarks to female staffers about getting oral sex from a copy machine and other office goods, he got a letter of reprimand and sensitivity training. Then a 15-year-old female student claimed that he made comments that made her uncomfortable too, reports the New York Post. Now the New York City Department of Education and the principal reportedly came to a "mutual decision" that he'll move to another school, where he'll be an assistant principal.

It was John Chase Jr.'s first year as principal at the new Bronxdale High School, when the department of education investigated him, and confirmed in November that he had made lewd comments to female subordinates.

According to the report, in one instance he said a new copy machine was so fancy, "it even has a hole in it where you can stick your d*** and get a b*** j**."

The department found, however, that allegations of sexual harassment were unsubstantiated. Chase was punished with a reprimand and training. Staffers and women's activists were outraged. "You have to have a basic standard," said Sonia Ossorio, the director of the New York chapter of the National Organization for Women, "and there's no reason why this guy should be keeping his job."

In January around 200 concerned community members, teachers, students and local politicians took part in a rally against the principal, who was "allowed to stay on as principal in lieu of the outrage of female staffers and the danger to the inanimate objects of Bronxdale High."

"Never in my 23 years in the school have I encountered something so horrible," said Cathy DeLuca, the secretary of Columbus High School, which shares a campus with Bronxdale. She said every woman in the building feels uncomfortable around Chase, reports the Bronx Times.

"We're going to make sure he goes for the appropriate training but at the same time we have an investment to make as far as leadership is concerned," New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said in January.

Now a freshman at the school has leveled a new complaint against the principal, the Post found. Chase allegedly told the girl that she was "special" and that he was "watching" her, and told her to report to him instead of her guidance counselor. The student was uncomfortable, and reported the issue to another school employee. The department of education is now investigating Chase again.

Walcott claims that Chase's reassignment to another school has nothing to do with the allegations of misconduct. "Just because an accusation is made doesn't mean a person is guilty," he told the Post. Administrators were simply concerned about upcoming state tests, he said, and they thought a new principal would be a stronger choice at that time.

It hasn't been announced what school Chase will transfer to, or how much a dent the demotion will have on his $132,633 a year salary.




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Valerie

This sounds like the catholic church. When someone commits a crime, they relocate them.

August 25 2013 at 3:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Stacey

Once upon a time, ladies and gentlemen refrained from being crude simply for the sake of being polite, not out of fear of being sued. It's a shame we need laws and policies to ensure we don't act like unsupervised adolescents.

May 19 2012 at 11:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Donald

I find it very interesting that so many people commenting automatically assume the guilt of this man. Believe me when I tell you that vindictive women can fabricate a story against a man that will ruin his reputation and cost him his job. All it takes is two of them. The man is placed into a situation where he must prove a negative: It didn't happen. (Proving negatives is impossible.)
Note that the article states: "The department found, however, that allegations of sexual harassment were unsubstantiated." All you folks who want to believe the allegations must realize that there was an investigation - the man was basically exonerated.

May 19 2012 at 4:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
normde

Reassigned??? The man does not belong in the school system.

May 18 2012 at 10:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rpattonhrc

..not that his comments are acceptable, don't get me wrong. But honestly, haven't we all heard worse comments? Let's put this in perspective.

May 17 2012 at 9:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rpattonhrc

Um, "never in 23 years" as the secretary of a high school has she "encountered something so horrible" as the principal's comments? Wow, she must have been deaf. I hear worse out of kids' mouths in the 5 minutes I spend picking up my kid up from high school--or from half the things they show on TV. A written apology might have sufficed. Or letting him be transferred.

May 17 2012 at 9:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Seems like the entire school industry should be cleaned like a slate and start over with all the stories posted about male and female educators crossing sexual lines with staff and students. Must be the hormones added to the little milk cartons.

May 17 2012 at 4:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
phil.smith2

Kind of like a priest. Just send him somewhere else.

May 17 2012 at 4:56 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
fran

I'm reading some of the earlier posts, and there's something serious we need to keep in mind. Regardless of how much people disagree on the extent of poor taste shown by an adult making inappropriate sexual jokes at a school, where adults are supposed to be setting an example for children, there's a much more serious matter that the men posting here are choosing to overlook - since tasteless and sophomoric humor seems to appeal to them so strongly that they can't get past it to the rest of the article - that apparently needs to be brought further to their attention. And it's this:

He made inappropriate remarks to a minor female child who he has jurisdiction over...telling a 15 year old girl she's "special", he's "watching" her, and to report to HIM instead of her guidance counselor? THERE'S the real problem - not just his lack of awareness as to when it is, or isn't, the right time to make off-color jokes in the workplace. And there's absolutely no way to justify or explain THAT away as harmless and everyone needs to "get over it".

May 17 2012 at 4:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Donald

fran,
It appears to me that you're being judgmental and assuming that you know for a fact that his remarks were based upon sexual intent. That reflects more upon *your* attitude than upon *his*! It is quite likely that his professional nature led him to believe that he could guide this student more capably than the counselor. (I've met counselors who couldn't get their own lives on the right path and presumed to know how to guide others! They didn't know their derriere from a hole-in-the-ground!) I find it outrageous that most folks posting here automatically assume the worst, knowing none of the facts.

May 19 2012 at 4:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wizzyross

Inappropriate & unprofessional comment made to females at a work place.
Why transfer a problem?

May 17 2012 at 4:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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