A 32-year-old New York City elementary school teacher who uttered a gay slur during a boozy pool party argument on the reality show "Princesses: Long Island" is under investigation by school officials.
A 32-year-old New York City elementary school teacher who uttered a gay slur during a boozy pool party argument on a reality show is under investigation by school officials.
Sara Schapiro, who teaches first grade at P.S. 63, appeared on the Bravo show "Princesses: Long Island," and called another castmate a "f-----" as she fought with him and his girlfriend.
She could be the second teacher to lose her job after appearing on the show. Last month, a Long Island middle school teacher was asked to resign after he appeared on the same episode, where he barely spoke but is seen taking off his shirt and splashing in the pool with bikini-clad women.
Stefan Serie, 30, says he had to resign from Merrick Avenue Middle School after the show aired. Parents and students rallied before a board district meeting this week, urging the school to reinstate him. The district declined to comment on his case.
The Department of Education told NBC 4 New York it is investigating Schapiro's case.
Schapiro, who lives on the Upper East Side, tells the Daily News that she might quit on her own. She said the slur was part of a "character" she was playing.
“I'm not proud of that by any means," she said.”I had to make a decision: I could have walked away but I went with option B and embraced the character."
Schapiro's on-screen argument centered around another woman's boyfriend. When he tried to tell her to "take a stroll," she let loose with the slur.
The News said the teacher of seven years also has a past arrest for driving while intoxicated, drug possession and reckless driving in Florida in 2002.
She said she wouldn't change anything about the appearance.
"Nope! I was on TV. I don't care. I had a good time," she said.