Superintendent: Controversial teacher will not return to Mount Vernon classroom

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The Mount Vernon City School District says that a teacher who was fired in Bronxville after a controversial lesson on slavery last school year, and was hired earlier this month in Mount Vernon, will not be returning to the classroom.

Parents at Cecil Parker Elementary School had raised concerns about the hiring of Rebecca Antinozzi months after she was fired from the Chapel School in Bronxville.

Earlier this year, the former private school fifth-grade teacher made international headlines after being accused of taking a history lesson too far. She was accused by a parent of staging a mock slave auction, in which black students claimed they were placed in chains while the white students bid on them.

Antinozzi spoke exclusively to News 12's Tara Rosenblum in March and denied the allegations.

"I know what is true and I know my intentions is never to hurt or offend or upset anyone," she said.

She was fired, and earlier this month was hired by the Mount Vernon School District without parents being notified.

Dr. Kenneth R. Hamilton, the superintendent of schools for the Mount Vernon City School District, released a statement saying that Antonizzi will not be returning to the classroom to teach for the district.

"... the District has a long-term substitute in place while we recruit candidates for the permanent position. The education of our children is of paramount concern and we are working to maintain the continuity of instruction of our students," he said.

He also added that the district is conducting an investigation into the hiring and background of a new elementary school teacher, and they do not discuss personnel matters.

News 12 reached out to the teacher's union, but it refused to comment. News 12 is also seeking more information, such as if Antinozzi ever had a full day on the job.

 

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