Principal Encouraged Teachers To Segregate White Students At Predominately Black School

Principal reportedly wanted white students to feel comfortable.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

A Florida principal has asked to be reassigned after coming under fire for segregating students by race. Christine Hoffman, the former principal at Campbell Park Elementary in St. Petersburg, asked to be "relieved" of her job on Tuesday, following an internal investigation about her statement that "white students should be in the same class."

As the Washington Post shares, Hoffman was putting together a directive for teachers creating class rosters. She claims that the racial statement was not intended. "As a white woman leading a predominately black school, I am approaching this as an opportunity to learn,” she wrote to students' parents amid backlash. “I was not asking that all white students in each grade be clustered, as that is not our practice in creating class lists. I understand how racially insensitive the guideline was.”

In a meeting with parents Monday, Hoffman reportedly claimed that she wanted white students to be comfortable, per accounts told to the Tampa Bay TimesA spokeswoman told the publication that Hoffman has left the elementary school; whether she gets another position is dependent following full investigation.

The elementary school is predominately black. In the 2014-15 school year; 451 students were black and 77 were white, per the National Center for Education Statistics.

[Photo: Pinellas County Schools]


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