Attack on snacks? After a series of repeated incidents dubbed as a “pattern of toxicity,” 64 parents are attempting to oust Debra Mastriano, the principal of P.S. 166 on West 89th Street.
In a letter to District Superintendent Kamar Samuels (first reported by The New York Post), Mastriano’s behavior is called into question — specifically related to her stringent policies regarding sweet treats. The 66-year-old educator reportedly forced a kindergarten student she deemed “overweight” to throw out their birthday cake, demanded another child trash a candy bar and even habitually hides chips in the cafeteria. Despite being confronted at a recent staff meeting over a donut-ditching debacle, the head honcho brushed off the complaints, saying it was an isolated incident and she “wanted them to be healthy.”
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It doesn’t stop at snack snafus — parents and fellow employees allege that Mastriano has expressed racist views on numerous occasions. Negative, racially-charged comments regarding a nearby NYCHA building have been heard by a whopping 70% of respondents in an April teachers union poll. She also reportedly griped that the school was becoming “too Asian.” She’s also known for unorthodox punishments, including making students eat lunch standing up or walking in a series of circles at recess.
Needless to say, her leadership abilities are not sitting well with faculty and families alike — on December 1, there was a no-confidence vote, resulting in 28 educators and over 73 current or former parents deeming Mastriano unfit to rule the school. No one voted in her favor.
According to a Department of Education poll, the average approval rating of NYC principals clocks in at 85 percent. That’s not the case at P.S. 166, where only 14 percent of faculty are satisfied. The next step in this unsavory situation remains to be seen, but Samuels is said to be investigating all allegations.
It’s very frustrating that every headline is about the treats, when the PS 166 parents are actually more concerned about her blatant racism, terrorizing children and staff alike and driving out over 100 teachers in her tenure.
There’s no such thing as a “healthy snack”.
When you are continually snacking between meals you never let your insulin levels drop and that can eventually lead to insulin resistance and T2 diabetes — if you’ve not noticed — we’re in a growing epidemic of T2D and obesity.
We need 4 hours between meals for insulin to drop. Feed them lunch and let them eat their other meals at home at appropriate times.
Look at film footage of school kids 40+ yeas ago — there are few overweight kids. Now it’s becoming the norm.
Stop over feeding them!