Elementary school principal target of racist rants
Graphic hate mail sent to PS 90 administrator Greta Hawkins
BY BEN CHAPMAN
Police and education officials are investigating a series of racist hate mail sent to the controversial black principal of a Brooklyn elementary school, the Daily News has learned.
“You are a filthy, dirty, ugly subhuman gorilla,” reads one of the vicious letters sent to Greta Hawkins, the leader of PS 90 in Coney Island.
Hawkins has angered parents and teachers with a series of unpopular policies and for making racially insensitive remarks herself at a staff meeting in 2010.
In January, she generated negative press again, with a highly unpopular bathroom policy that awarded students extra credit for not using the toilet.
Then, this month she drew fire once more for refusing to let students sing the Lee Greenwood ballad “God Bless the USA” at graduation because she objected to the lyrics.
But even her harshest critics say that none of those actions are worthy of the sickening and racist hate mail Hawkins has received since November.
“Let’s hope that AIDS will do what sickle cell anemia failed to do, exterminate your whole simian race,” reads one of three horrifying letters sent to Hawkins at the A-rated school.
Another of the vile rants, which are scrawled in childish capital letters, reads
“N—– and their Jew commie bosses are the scum of the earth.”
Police are conducting an active, ongoing investigation into the noxious letters and Education Department officials are investigating the matter as well.
Hawkins did not respond to calls for comment.
Parents and staffers at the controversy-stricken school were shocked to learn of the hateful letters their divisive principal has received.
“These are vicious attacks,” said Imah Ponce of Coney Island, whose daughter attends PS 90, adding, “We should be able to resolve things without resorting to name-calling.”
But a Facebook page calling for Hawkins’ firing, which popped up after she banned the patriotic Greenwood anthem from graduation, also has its share of nasty language.
“If you don’t like the USA You can get the f— out, you commie piece of s—,” reads a post on the page by Facebook user Johnny Mula.
City schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott defended Hawkins, noting that students recite the Pledge of Allegiance and sing “America the Beautiful” at the start of each school day.
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