Edelman has done three news stories in the last two weeks on yet another principal from hell: Emmanuel Polanco from JHSMS 80 in the Bronx. Her article earlier this month exposing Polanco convinced more people to speak up so students and families of mistreated students have come forward.
This is how the school was described by insiders in Edelman's original January 6, 2018 piece:
Despite receiving millions in extra dollars and services, the 655-student Norwood school suffers from out-of-control students, filthy, unsafe conditions and thuggish administrators who try to keep the horrors under wraps, insiders have told authorities.
Further down we read:
Several teachers have begged for help from union, city, state and federal officials, calling Polanco — who starred in a seedy 2014 rap video as “El Siki” — a bully who boasts of friendship with Chancellor Carmen Fariña and instills fear in his faculty.
Now something from Edelman's January 13 article on Polanco inflicting corporal punishment on a student:
The Principal of a troubled Bronx middle school shoved a 14-year-old boy against a stairway wall, repeatedly jabbed his fingers into the teen's chest and screamed in his face, "I know you wanna hit me--hit me!," the youth says in an explosive claim.
Emmanuel Polanco of JHS/MS 80 in Norwood assaulted and humiliated 8th grader Jeremie Francis last April because he was "on the wrong floor" --even after the boy told the principal he was headed to a music teacher's room for a guitar lesson, according to the claim.
A Bronx principal accused of being a bully yanked an 8th-grader from an advanced class and confined him to a room without a desk for the rest of the school year — because he wasn’t wearing the school uniform shirt, the teen’s family says.JHS/MS 80 Principal Emmanuel Polanco isolated 13-year-old Wilfred Maisonet last April because he “wanted to make an example of him,” his parents told The Post.
I read all three articles and then searched Google looking for a UFT reaction. Only blogger Chaz has touched this one in detail. He pointed out quite correctly that any teacher accused of corporal punishment would have been out of that school in about about half a second while Polanco stays on as principal.
We actually did find something in the January 8, 2018 Norwood News where the UFT does comment.
Is that enough to "continue to advocate"?
Where is the outrage from the UFT concerning this principal from hell? Small wonder we are so weak and teachers are so easily pushed around by an uncaring school system.