NEW YORK CITY — New York City High School and the Harlem-based school’s faculty and staff have been accused of anti-Semitism after the school’s superintendent, Tom McDonough, announced on Twitter that he was resigning.
The announcement came as the New York Times reported that the school had been “criticized” for posting anti-Arab graffiti, which appeared to reference the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, on the wall of a gymnasium.
The tweet by McDonow, whose tenure was announced last week, appeared to confirm reports that the graffiti was discovered during a routine cleaning.
The school has received several complaints about the graffiti over the years, and students have been allowed to bring their own graffiti.
McDonough said he was also resigning his post.
“As the Superintendent of the New Rochelle High School, I have decided that I no longer wish to serve as the principal of New York’s New Rochelay High School,” McDono said in the statement.
McDono’s tweet was accompanied by a photo of him with the school, including the caption, “I love you all.” “
I would like to apologize to the students, staff, and alumni of New Yorks High School who have endured this unjust and inexcusable attack.”
McDono’s tweet was accompanied by a photo of him with the school, including the caption, “I love you all.”
The photo was taken at the end of a day at the school on Tuesday when students were cleaning up graffiti that had appeared on the walls of the gymnasia, where McDonos students and their parents have attended since 2011.
McDONOWS RESPONSETo the New Yorker, McDona said, “There’s nothing that I’ve ever done that I didn’t agree with.
I do not think it was appropriate.
There’s nothing I’ve said or done that would be deemed racist.”
McDONOUGH IS THE NEW YORK TIMES CHIEF SPORTS PERSONALITY AND IS A FORMER SPORTSCENTER BOSS.
His Twitter account was deleted later Tuesday night, but it was not immediately clear what led to his departure.NYT: The New York Police Department, including NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, have said they are investigating the graffiti.