While teachers accused of physical and sexual abuse continue to receive a paycheck, one high school principal in Miami was terminated virtually as soon as the district got word of a Facebook post he recently published. Commenting on the interaction between a Texas cop and teenage suspect that sparked protests in the city of McKinney, former North Miami Senior High School Principal Alberto Iber took the side of Cpl. Eric Casebolt.
He did nothing wrong. He was afraid for his life. I commend him for his actions.
Those three short sentences soon began to attract criticism, ultimately in the form of a statement by Miami-Dade County School Superintendent Alberto Carvalho:
Judgment is the currency of honesty. Insensitivity – intentional or perceived – is both unacceptable and inconsistent with our policies, but more importantly with our expectation of common sense behavior that elevates the dignity of humanity of all, beginning with children.
Iber has since expressed his regret that some found his comment offensive; however, social media reaction to the story proves a significant number of Americans feel he should not have been punished for sharing his opinion online.