Racist tweets during US elections vex school prinicipal

NEW YORK, United States, November 12, 2012 – Dr. Anthony Bridgeman, the Grenadian-born principal of the West Islip High School in Suffolk County says he intends taking steps to address the issues of racist tweets by one of his students during the recent presidential elections.

Bridgeman said he has been very offended by the remarks posted by the student, a senior who is also a member of the school’s varsity football team.

The student was among high school students who posted racist tweets in the wake of Obama’s election victory.

“When in doubt kick the n—– out #Romney,” the student tweeted during the election, and after Obama was declared winner again, tweeted “If your “black and did NOT vote for #Obama, clap you’re a–.”

“As a school, we are very offended by these remarks and are taking the necessary steps to address it,” Bridgeman said, adding “on a personal note, as a black male principal of this great school, I take umbrage to those remarks; however, I know this student very well and that is not who he is. He made a terrible mistake.”

Bridgeman received the Leadership Award at the Grenada Boys’ Secondary School (GBSS) Alumni Association of New York’s Scholarship Awards and Dinner Dance in 2011 and will lead a contingent of his faculty to the 2012 edition on December 8. (CMC) Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)