A Misspelled Sign May Have Cost A High School Principal Her Job

December 19, 2014  |  

Public School Number 20 in New Jersey put up a message for students outside of the school. Problem was it contained a few misspellings. December was spelled “Dicember.” Report was spelled “Reepor.” And a “1” was placed backwards.

These errors might have cost the school’s principal her job. After the misspelled sign was displayed for more than a week outside the high school, the principal was reassigned.

According to school officials, the lettering “was placed by a custodian and the sign was near an entrance not normally used by staff.” The school later corrected it, but not before photos of the sign hit social media.

The misspellings angered of school Paterson Board of Education member Corey Teague, who saw a photo of the misspelled sign on Facebook, reports Yahoo.

“At first I didn’t believe it,” Teague told CBS New York. “I thought it was Photoshopped or something.”

When he realized it was real, he shared the photo on Facebook and wrote: “How can we expect our children to learn how to spell when the administration can’t? We must be held to a higher standard.”

The mistake was costly to the school’s principal. Not only Antoinette Young reassigned to a different school but she was demoted to vice principal.

“The school district did not disclose the reason for her demotion, but according to NorthJersey.com, Young was already under review for unrelated performance issues,” reports the Post.

Young, who is still listed as principal on the school’s website, did not respond to the Post’s request for comment.

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