Rushell White, a principal at Junior High School 226 in Queens, New York, is under fire after putting a mural in her school that depicts her as a Hindu goddess, and her assistant principal as a man with a shrunken head.
Students and administrators at the school are upset over the poster, especially since the school’s student population is 2/3 Hindu.
“It’s disrespectful to another person’s religion,” said one parent to the NY Daily News. “You can’t be a God. Religion shouldn’t even be in the school anyway.”
White’s assistant principal David Possner, who has said White used an anti-semetic remark towards him, is also upset over the mural.
“The mural is basically mocking the Hindu community,” said Possner, who claimed in court papers that White called him a “bad Jew” for using his phone on Yom Kippur in 2014.
Possner also thinks his depiction in the mural is a direct retaliation to the complaint he filed against White.
The mural was a student art project produced with a nonprofit group contracted to provide arts education at JHS 226.