Bronxdale Principal Keeps Job After Sex Jokes: DOE

Teachers, students and union members protested the principal Tuesday.

By Ida Siegal
|  Wednesday, Jan 11, 2012  |  Updated 6:24 AM EDT
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Some teachers and students at Bronxdale High School are upset that their male principal hasn't been fired after he was found to have made sex jokes to female employees.  News4's Ida Siegal reports.

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Some teachers and students at Bronxdale High School are upset that their male principal hasn't been fired after he was found to have made sex jokes to female employees. News4's Ida Siegal reports.

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Some teachers and students at Bronxdale High School are upset that their male principal hasn't been fired after he was found to have made sex jokes to female employees.

Bronxdale interim principal John Chase was found to have made "inappropriate sexual comments" after a Department of Education investigation, officials said.

A letter was placed in his file and he will receive sexual harassment training, the DOE said. But he won't lose his job.

"The man has been found guilty -- why is he still here?" said Cathy Deluca, a school secretary.

According to Deluca, among the accusations was that Chase joked about a copy machine performing a sexual act on him. He is accused of making similar remarks to other female staffers.

Chase opponents rallied outside the school Tuesday to demand his removal.

Chase did not return messages seeking comment.

The DOE said he has been a teacher since 2006, in chemistry and general science, and was named interim principal in Bronxdale last summer, with a salary of $132,633.

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