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This is just strange

NYC Principal to be Fired Over School Chicken Blood Ritual

NEW YORK (AP) — A public school principal accused of performing religious rituals with candles, incense and chicken blood in an attempt to cleanse her high school of negative energy has been reassigned and will be fired, the Department of Education said Tuesday.

Maritza Tamayo, principal of the Unity Center for Urban Technologies, paid a woman named Gilda Fonte to lead several Santeria rituals at the Manhattan school during midwinter break in 2006, when students were not there, according to Richard Condon, the special commissioner of investigation for city schools. Tamayo coerced staff members to participate in and help pay for the cost of the ceremonies, investigators said.

Another teacher saw Tamayo, Fonte and another woman, wearing white dresses, performing a ritual at the school while Fonte balanced a silver tray with 40 lit candles on her head, said investigators, who were tipped in February by an anonymous caller who accused Tamayo of misconduct.

I realize the weirdness of the rituals is not really the issue here (the coercion of staff is), but that’s just bizarre. I certainly can’t balance a silver tray with 40 lit candles on my head. Not without burning down my apartment, at least.

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  1. August 14, 2007 at 3:04 pm

    Jeff, I think you need to work on those balancing skills. You never know when they might come in handy.

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