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School For Scandal: Harlem Administrators Transferred In Sex Controversy

Allegation That Assistant Principal Threatened To Kill The Principal



    Two school administrators face firing... After their on-campus affair is revealed in shocking detail. Now, the fate of these educators is moving students to march in the street. Andrew Siff is here with the city investigation. (Published Friday, Nov. 12, 2010)

    It's not every day an assistant principal threatens to kill her boss.

    But that's what a shocking report from New York City's Special Commissioner of Investigation wrote in a letter to Chancellor Joel Klein.

    The four-page report, released Friday, details a sexual relationship between principal Crystal Simmons and assistant principal Candy Jones at the Academy for Social Action in Harlem.

    According to the report, Jones acknowledged the two got intimate on school grounds, during school hours. But when Simmons ended the relationship, things turned sour.

    "Jones threatened to kill Simmons if Simmons fired Jones," the report states. "Jones explained it was easy to purchase a gun down south and that her father had already purchased one for her."

    But Jones later told investigators she was only joking.

    The city transferred both educators to schools in different boroughs. That didn't sit well with students, who gathered on West 129th Street and chanted for principal Simmons' return.

    "A lot of us started crying," said senior Carolina Gores. "We're emotionally attached to our principal."

    And senior Julian Polanco said seven months before graduation, many students cant imagine graduating without Simmons by their side. "She means a lot, she's like family to us," he said.

    In addition to the city, Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance and the State Education Department are investigating.

    The scandal recalled a similar incident at James Madison High School in Brooklyn last year, when two teachers were caught naked in a classroom. That earned the school the tabloid moniker "Horndog High."