File this one under things that make you go EW!
Vivian Manning-Schaffel: A Queens, NY, principal was recently accused of lewd comments, e-mails, and texts -- and that's the least of it. He's also accused of slapping his male high school students on the ass and offering BJs!
It all started last October, when a guidance counselor stepped up to file a sexual harassment complaint against Mr. Cedeno because "a 15-year-old student had accused the principal of proposing to perform oral sex on him."
This counselor also heard from a 16-year-old who had been on the receiving end of "inappropriate text messages" from the principal, namely a text that said he was "mad u guys didn't invite me" to hang out off school grounds at night.
It gets nastier. The report made the following claims: "Several students on the basketball team at the school would have breakfast in Mr. Cedeno's office, where he slapped them on the buttocks several times. One student told investigators that in the three years he had known Mr. Cedeno, the principal offered to perform oral sex on him about 15 different times. Another student said Mr. Cedeno had used the back of his hand to touch the student inappropriately about half a dozen times." This report also gives deets on other sexually explicit conversations this principal is said to have had with several students.
It was discovered that Cedeno had the nerve to even call a student -- "37 times from his personal cell phone within two months, including one call at 9:41 PM that lasted nearly an hour and a half. Additionally, Mr. Cedeno sent the same student 126 text messages from his personal phone and another dozen from his city-issued cell phone."
The Queens district attorney's office is on the case, but as of now the principal is, mercifully, out of a job.
Okay, here's my question: These are high school dudes, not small children, where appropriate behavior is unclear and manipulation into silence is atypical. Why didn't any of these boys come forward earlier? Like WAY before the 37th phone call? Or the fifteenth blow job solicitation? It seems like this guy ran rampant for quite a while with many kids before he got busted for his behavior! It's a chin-stroker.
What do you guys think?
|Vivian Manning-Schaffel has written for Babble, Parenting, The Advocate, The New York Post, Business Week and a variety of other publications and lives and works in the heart of breeder Brooklyn with her husband and two kids. She authors two pop culture blogs: The Mad Mom and A Hag Supreme, and is on the web at vivianmanningschaffel.com.|