The principal of North Miami Senior High was swiftly removed from his position on Wednesday after he waded into a racially-charged national debate about how police treat minorities.
The Miami-Dade County school district announced Wednesday that Alberto Iber had been assigned to administrative duties in district offices after he went online to defend a white police officer who waved a gun at black teens while responding to a call about an unruly pool party in McKinney, Texas.
In a brief statement, the district said employees are required to conduct themselves, personally and professionally, in a manner that represents the school district’s core values.
“Judgment is the currency of honesty,” said Superintendent of Schools Alberto Carvalho. “Insensitivity – intentional or perceived – is both unacceptable and inconsistent with our policies, but more importantly with our expectation of common sense behavior that elevates the dignity and humanity of all, beginning with children.”
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The district’s decision to remove Iber won praise from many.
“It is very disappointing that an educator who is responsible for the safety and welfare of our children would publicize such rash statements,” Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners Chair Jean Monestime said in a statement. “I commend the district for taking the appropriate action to remedy this situation.”
But others defended Iber, saying he was expressing a personal opinion that shouldn’t oust him as a principal.
Marie St Hilaire, a paraprofessional at the school, lamented the loss of Iber. She called him a “wonderful” principal who recently danced on stage during the school’s field day.
“Mr. Iber is all for the kids, even if he has to go out of his way and spend money out of his own pocket,” St Hilaire said. “Sometimes we have our opinions and we disagree sometimes, but to tell him he can’t come to school because of that?”