Amityville High School Staff Member Allegedly Used Racial Slur During Football Game

By: Miya Jones
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A recent incident at Amityville Memorial High School occurred in which the school’s athletic supervisor allegedly made a racial slur referring to minority players on the school’s football team during a game on April 24.

Teacher and Athletic Supervisor Carl Spatola, who is white, allegedly said “Look at the monkeys run,” while he “laughed” not realizing his audio microphone was on according to a Facebook post made on the group Black Long Island.

The school’s superintendent Mary Kelly released the following letter stating the staff member, who isn’t named in the letter, “was immediately removed from school grounds and an investigation regarding the situation is ongoing,” and that, “The district embraces our diverse community and remains fully committed to providing an instructional setting that supports the social, emotional and academic needs of all of our students.”

There is a meeting scheduled tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Amityville Memorial High School and residents are encouraged to attend. It is also encouraged to get to the meeting around 7 p.m. as there will be an attendance limit due to COVID-19 restrictions.

According to the superintendent’s office the meeting will also be live-steamed directly from the school’s website here at 7:30 p.m. To find the link, look to the left under “announcements” and the link will be posted there. You can also join the webinar here.

We will continue to provide further updates on the situation.

UPDATE as of 5/5/2021 8:49 p.m.

According to School Board President Terry Fulton by Wed. May 12, the next school board meeting, the school will announce their final decision on whether or not to permanently let Spatola go.

Miya Jones

Miya Jones

Miya Jones is a Long Island native and the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Shades of Long Island. She's been a journalist since the age of 17 and is a diversity advocate. Follow Miya on Instagram and Twitter: @miyajones1996 and on Facebook as Miya Jones.

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