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NY High School Principal Rejects Certain Students, Not While These Parents Are Around

A principal in Queens has been accused of excluding the admissions applications of 500 students based solely on their religion, Catholicism. There has been a major outcry from parents and community members about the blatant discrimination carried out by Principal Khurshid Abdul-Mutakabbir of Maspeth High School.

47-year-old Middle Village resident Jimmy Guarneri said the lottery system for admission was supposed to make the admission process fair and transparent. He said, "It was almost like they knew who would be accepted. We’re very angry." Guarneri's own son was rejected from Maspeth High School but accepted on a partial scholarship at a Catholic school. Guarneri said, “I’m working two jobs as it is. His first choice was to go to Maspeth.”

During the admissions process students who attended a Maspeth information session were to receive a priority mark on their admission applications. 207 students from Catholic schools attended the information session but Principal Abdul-Mutakabbir failed to give a single student a 'mark for priority'. The school accepted 370 students, none from any Catholic school and all from the public school system.

Principal Abdul-Mutakabbir has denied the accusations, saying it was a 'clerical' error. Juniper Hill president Bob Holden spoke to The Post about his conversation with Principal Abdul-Mutakabbir, "He said, ‘In all honesty parochial schools are a problem because many of the students opt out and don’t go to my school. That leaves a seat [empty] and it costs the school funding."

Maspeth resident Santo Vicino also had a lot to say about his own son getting denied admission, "I haven’t seen my son cry before and he’s cried twice this past week. I’m livid. Like any parent, I would cut my veins for my kid.”

However, not everyone is so offended by excluding this large group of students. New York University professor Sean Corcoran said, “They can tinker with the lists for any number of reasons — like weeding out kids who are lower-achieving, come from poor neighborhoods, or just don’t seem motivated enough to go to that school."

Source: New York Post
Photo: Mad World News

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