Three teachers were fired from Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy in Cumberland, Rhode Island, after writing disparaging remarks about students.
Students and school staff received an email from a teacher on June 20 that included a link to a Google Doc containing screenshots from the messaging app Slack.
The screenshots contained the rude teacher comments, some of which were published (without names) by The Providence Journal:
Man I wish we could hit them.
Move to Arizona. Though really no school districts allow, by state law you are allowed to. Start your own charter and commence with the flogging.
I CANNOT WITH HER I HOPE HER STUPID SON FAILS ALL OF HIS CLASSES.
HE IS FAILING FIVE CLASSES.
[Expletive] IDIOT. Let him know if he [expletive] up again he will be in my HR. And I will not be so pleasant.
Jen LoPiccolo, the school’s director of external affairs, told The Providence Journal that "immediate action was taken and an internal review is being conducted.
She added, "HR policy does not allow me to comment on the content of the review or on individual teachers."
Jeremy Chiappetta, executive director of the school, posted an "open letter" on the school's website on June 22 that said:
Late yesterday, Blackstone Valley Prep ended its relationship with three high school teachers after confirming the allegations were, in fact, true. They are no longer employed at Blackstone Valley Prep.
I want to be crystal clear, many of the comments written are deeply disturbing and offensive. As the founding school leader, executive director of the organization, and parent of three scholars in the program, I am deeply saddened and disappointed. Parents put their trust in teachers and the school, and that trust has been violated.
To help our school community heal, we held a school-wide community meeting during which students were able to share their feelings and their concerns. We also had several counselors on the high school campus present to support students and staff during the last day of school (yesterday).