2004-02-20 / Front Page

Beach Channel Bad-Boy Is Morris Menace

Beach Channel Bad-Boy Is Morris Menace

Teachers are reportedly having a tough time with a Beach Channel bad-boy who is getting away with all sorts of disruptive behavior because he's the son of one of the schools top administrators.

The student, who fancies himself as "The Prince of Beach Channel," allegedly called an Afro-Caribbean educator at the school a "Tom" and said a white teacher "wears white sheets" - referring to the standard dress of Ku Klux Klan members, accord ing to a school source who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The issue surfaced in a United Federation of Teachers newsletter, and in a grievance filed by the UFT. The Daily News obtained the news letter and ran a story on Tuesday.

"There is one student who seems to be above the rules," Beach Chan nel UFT chapter leader David Scott Pecoraro reportedly wrote in the news letter. He's reportedly the son of Denyse Irving, BCHS assistant principal of social studies.

"He's in the halls all the time," the source said of the class cutting kid.

So why hasn't Dr. David Morris, the school's principal, sent this "prince" into exile? Morris doesn't want to rock the boat of which he only recently took the helm, the source said.

The source said Morris, who has already suspended the boy, needs to take the next step by placing him on superintendent's suspension. That would keep the boy out of the school for at least five days and perhaps remove him from BCHS permanently.

The Department of Education said Morris is taking this all very seriously.


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