The Mount Ascutney School Board says it is “resolved” to remove a local principal after she attacked the Black Lives Matter movement on Facebook.
Windsor School Principal Tiffany Riley was placed on paid administrative leave after she accused BLM of “coercive measures” and said people are being forced “to choose black race over human race. “
“While I understand the urgency to feel compelled to advocate for black lives, what about our fellow law enforcement?” Riley wrote, according to a board statement. “What about all others who advocate for and demand equity for all? Just because I don’t walk around with a BLM sign should not mean I am a racist.”
In the June 12 statement, the board members wrote they were “uniformly appalled” by the post. They also criticized a followup post in which Riley “acknowledged no culpability, expressed no specific contrition or empathy, and showed no humility. Because of this glaring miscomprehension of the situation, we feel unanimously that Ms. Riley’s continued role as our school leader damages the school and its students.”
“The ignorance, prejudice, and lack of judgement in these statements are utterly contrary to the values we espouse as a school board and district,” the six board members wrote.
“Although we recognize Ms. Riley’s meaningful and positive impact on Windsor School, we have voted unanimously to place Ms. Riley on paid leave, effective immediately, and we are resolved that she will no longer lead our school.”