NYC Higher College principal accused of sexual harassment resigns

A controversial Manhattan large school principal has give up in the wake of a grievance that he pressed his groin towards a teacher at a employees getaway celebration, officials verified.

The resignation of Derek Premo, principal of the Decrease Manhattan Arts Academy, will come 6 months immediately after The Write-up claimed the intercourse-harassment accusation against him.

It was the next time Premo, 47, was accused of misconduct. He was beforehand accused of touching a student inappropriately at Lifestyle Sciences Secondary School on the Higher East Aspect, wherever he utilised to operate. Officers stated that complaint was unsubstantiated.

At LOMA, distinctive-ed instructor John Colin submitted a grievance in opposition to Premo very last year with the state Division of Human Rights.

Premo approached Colin and two female instructors at a Lower East Side tavern, during the December 2019 workers social gathering, and pressed against Colin’s leg for 20-minutes, his grievance states.

“It was incredibly not comfortable because I could experience his penis on my leg, and he was leaning his face extremely near to mine,” Colin said. “Then he began telling me about how he and his husband favored to have parties,” though “looking directly into my eyes.”

The point out situation is pending, the DOE mentioned Friday.

Premo’s management introduced far more turmoil when he enable instructor Gabriel Mitey keep on teaching right after posting a virtually nude selfie on line and a male university student accused Mitey of sexually harassing him for the duration of his senior 12 months.

Premo had been on leave due to the fact Thanksgiving.
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LOMA college students held a sit-in in November to demand from customers Mitey’s removing. The DOE “reassigned” him on Dec. 14, but he remains on the town payroll.

Manhattan HS superintendent Vivien Orlen sent an e mail to family members on Wednesday,  saying Premo, who acquired $183,854 past year, had resigned. He was on a go away because Thanksgiving.

Orlen praised Premo, saying he increased the graduation rate and “went over and beyond” throughout the pandemic. “I know numerous of you will miss him,” Orlen reported. 

A DOE substitute principal, Daisy Fontanez, will continue on serving as interim principal, Orlen claimed.