The principal of North Miami Senior High School in Florida, a school that is reportedly made up of 99% minority students, has been fired after publicly commending the now-resigned police officer in McKinney, Texas who roughed up a group of black teenagers at a pool party.
The principal of North Miami Senior High School inadvertently injected himself into the racially charged national debate over police treatment of blacks with a social media comment — and it wound up costing him his position at the school.
The Miami-Dade County school district announced Wednesday that Alberto Iber had been removed as principal after going online to defend a white Texas police officer who waved a gun at black teens while responding to a call about an unruly pool party.
Cellphone footage from McKinney, Texas, caught white officer David Eric Casebolt throwing a black teenage girl to the ground, then briefly drawing his gun while responding to a call about an raucous pool party. The incident last week was just the latest in a string of encounters that have sparked charges of abusive police treatment of minorities…
Iber — in a brief public post on a story on the Miami Herald’s website — defended the officer’s response.
“He did nothing wrong,” Iber wrote in a comment that showed his Facebook picture, name, school and title. “He was afraid for his life. I commend him for his actions.”
He later tried to delete the comment, but it had already started to go viral in the area through screenshots. But he says it’s totally okay because it’s just his opinion and you weren’t supposed to know it was him saying it:
Iber responded to a reporter’s questions on Tuesday by reading a prepared statement.
“I support law enforcement, and also the community and students that I serve as the proud principal of North Miami Senior High,’’ he said. “The comment I posted was simply made as the result of a short video that I watched and my personal opinion.”
Iber, who just finished his first year as the head of North Miami Senior, said he meant to write the comment anonymously.
“I regret that I posted the comment as it apparently became newsworthy and has apparently upset people,’’ he said. “That was not my intention in any way.”
Really? That’s your defense? That you intended to hide the fact that it was you saying it? Wow.