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A Fresno, California vice-principal has been placed on administrative leave after being caught saying that he didn’t like black kids on camera. In the video, a student asks Scandinavian Middle School Vice Principal Joseph Defillipo, “Who at this school do you not like?”

“I just don’t like the black kids,” Defillipo responded.

Of course the video was circulated amongst the students and parents are outraged.

“I was like shocked. Why would you want to put something like that on camera in front of a bunch of kids,” Latricia Medley, a parent of a student, stated.

In response to the video, the school board issued the following statement:

“The interaction between the Scandinavian student and our employee has been brought to our attention and we are conducting an investigation. Fresno Unified takes this matter very seriously and we will take any necessary actions pending the results. During our investigation, and as a matter of practice, the employee is on paid administrative leave.”

Until the school board decides what should be done, the principal is on paid administrative leave.

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  • PrimmestPlum

    This is one of the many reasons why, if I have children, I’m homeschooling them.

    • [email protected]

      There is the growth of homeschooling nationwide, especially among the black community in America.

    • PrimmestPlum

      I’ve noticed and it’s not a bad bandwagon to jump on either.

    • Me

      that’s a good trend for us to be on. we can do a lot of good for our children by taking back control of what and how they learn. too many statistics show how public schools in black neighborhoods have been failing to educate our kids. it’s time for us to take the wheel instead of doing the same old thing with the same bad results.

    • [email protected]

      Preach Sister.

      At the end of the day, the well being of children is very important to advance. Homeschooling is a new trend that is great for society. My philosophy is always that we should expand educational opportunities for all children. The problem is that the affordability of many schools are lax in many areas. In other words, many great schools are too expensive for many families. If we can make diverse educational systems (from public, private, homeschooling, etc.) more affordable for especially poor families, then we can go a long way in solving the problem. Many public schools are struggling and some public schools are strong. I have no issue with homeschooling children at all and we need to promote solutions that are known to work (like small class sizes, mentoring kids, nutritional programs, creative curriculums, continuing to support strong, qualified, & excellent teachers, and allow strong community input in educational functions). Children must learn about music, art, and culture (especially black culture for black kids since we need to know about our heritage as a prerequisite for us to be free as black people). This is not about bashing every public school, because many public schools are doing what is right. It is about opposing the status quo, because the status quo is not working for our children.

    • Me

      yes to everything you wrote! i told my cousin once that the solution is to stop tying school funding to real estate taxes & quit allowing schools in wealthier neighborhoods to buy stuff for their students that other neighborhoods don’t have. if a school wants to add new technology, then it would force that school to make that same request for ALL schools if they really want it & think it will help with learning. but allowing schools to spend unchecked just keeps creating a bigger and bigger gap between the rich kids & the poor kids. school funding should be distributed equally not based on zip code.

    • [email protected]

      Exactly.

    • yea but not all

    • PrimmestPlum

      …”it’s hard for your child to get socialization unless you can arrange play groups etc..”

      Exactly. So arrange playdates. It’s not impossible. Also, socialization isn’t guaranteed even when your child is attended a conventional school. Just because you’re getting socialization, it doesn’t mean it’s positive socialization. Bullying is a problem and with the addition of the internet, bullying is never-ending.

      More importantly. American school curriculums are mostly a joke.

    • Me

      yep. i was just thinking about this recently. there are lots of ways to get your kid to socialize. church youth groups if you’re religious, little league sports if you allow it, volunteer activities, play dates, spending time at the local park, sign them up for academic competitions, the libraries used to have reading days when i was growing up, when they become teenagers, they’ll have afterschool jobs or weekend jobs, plus i’ve heard of homeschooling parents teaching kids together so each parent can focus on their strengths while the kids get a well rounded experience from different teachers. school institutions are not the only way for children to learn social skills or meet their peers. plus homeschooling means you’ll be able to teach your child at your child’s learning rate instead of at the herd rate that schools use, so your kid may even finish school earlier and go farther. and you’re right. there are lots of introverts, shy kids, and clinically depressed kids in every school that aren’t socializing in a healthy way, so there’s no guarantee that your kids would do better in school than in home school.

    • PrimmestPlum

      I’ve been looking into homeschool lately too. I don’t have any kids and don’t even know if I ever plan on having kids. But in the event that I do, unless American public schools don’t revamp its system and start implementing curriculums that aspire creativity instead of standardization, homeschooling is sounding like a very appealing option. Many of the homeschooled children that I’ve spoken to seem very intelligent and well rounded. It was such a breath of fresh air.

      Oh and I’ve been the introvert in the American public school system. It’s not fun. There’s nothing wrong with being an introvert however, when your characteristics are framed as “antisocial” “secretive” “meek” and a whole host of other words that have negative connotations. It wasn’t fun.

    • Objection

      Somebody give this lady a microphone. TheBurningBush please sit down and listen to what she has to say.

    • good point.

  • [email protected]

    The vice principal is a total disgrace. A real school system will treat all students, regardless of the color, with respect, dignity, and honor. Education is about helping children not hating children. So, Joseph is a racist and he shouldn’t be vice principal since his biased, bigoted attitude can harm the black students in the school literally.

    • “bigoted attitude can harm the black students in the school literally.” especially if the parents are not positively involved in their education and life

  • ALM247

    He’s bold

  • Michelle

    *Cues up Kanye’s recent comments about racism*
    And this is part of reason why, Kanye, it is important for Black people (and other POC) to fight and not consider racism to be “an antiquated thing that white people still have”.

  • JaneWeinstein

    For everyone who is appalled by this, please contact the NAACP. Every voice counts. This man is friends with the FUSD superintendent nothing will happen to him. So we have to go to a higher power.