Florida Principal Defends Texas Cop, Loses Job

'I commend him,' said Alberto Iber of 99% minority school
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 11, 2015 9:34 AM CDT
Florida Principal Defends Texas Cop, Loses Job
Alberto Iber is shown in this photo.   (Miami-Dade Public Schools)

North Miami Senior High School is in need of a new principal after its own defended a white police officer's actions during a Texas pool party melee, the Miami Herald reports. Alberto Iber has been reassigned to "administrative duties" (though the Sun-Sentinel reports he resigned) after writing this on a news story about the officer who pointed his gun at unarmed teenagers: "He did nothing wrong. He was afraid for his life. I commend him for his actions." His Facebook photo and title accompanied the post. A retired Miami Beach police officer, who is black, responded: "Such a comment reveals to me that you're a serious part of the problem." The district says employees must represent its core values both personally and professionally, and Iber failed to do so.

"Insensitivity—intentional or perceived—is both unacceptable and inconsistent with our policies," the superintendent says. Screenshots of the comment quickly spread, not least because 99% of North Miami's student body is minority, though the comment itself was deleted within hours. A teacher says he was "appalled," while a student tells NBC Miami, "How can you defend a man who pulled a gun on teenagers?" Iber tells the Herald he meant to post the comment anonymously and didn't intend to upset people. "I support law enforcement, and also the community and students that I serve," he says. "The comment I posted was simply made as the result of a short video that I watched and my personal opinion." The Texas officer has resigned. (A principal in Atlanta was fired for dissing black people.)

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