Custodian claims boss put noose on stuffed monkey

A custodian at a New Rochelle school filed a discrimination complaint that claims his supervisor hung nooses in shared offices, including one wrapped around the neck of a stuffed monkey.

Robert Johnson, who works at the Isaac Young Middle School, filed the complaint against the school district with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Johnson, who is black, alleges that between September 2006 and July 2007 his white supervisor, Phil Carino, hung a stuffed monkey and two other nooses in shared office space. Johnson claims the district failed to seriously reprimand Carino for the incidents. The district decided the noose was part of an office joke from years before, so Carino was suspended without pay and forced to take sensitivity training.

The punishment was seen as slap on the wrist, according to Johnson. That is what prompted him to file the ethics complaint against the district in the hopes Carino will face more serious consequences.AP wire reports contributed to this story.

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