Spencerport, NY – A Spencerport High School assistant principal has been suspended after he posted a profanity-laced, anti-police tirade to social media.
Spencerport High School Assistant Principal Steve Lysenko posted the 45-second Facebook Live video after participating in a Black Lives Matter rally in Rochester, the Democrat & Chronicle reported.
Lysenko, who is also a ninth-grade teacher, claimed in the video that Rochester police pepper-sprayed him and other protesters for no reason.
He introduced himself as the president of the local chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education before launching into his account of what he said occurred that day.
“In an act of protest this evening, we marched west on Court Street, and we didn’t do anything but chant and sing all the way halfway across the bridge, at which point we met the Rochester Police Department,” Lysenko declared in the video.
“And guess what happened?” he continued. “Our peacekeepers ended up shooting pepper spray at us for singing and chanting and telling them what a s—ty -ss job they were doing!”
“They can f—k right off, America!” the educator proclaimed. “F—k the police! F—k Rochester Police Department! Thank you.”
The footage was widely circulated on social media, and quickly came to the attention of the Spencerport Central School District (SCSD).
The district addressed the incident in a series of tweets on Saturday, but did not mention Lysenko by name.
“As we have stated consistently and clearly, Spencerport Central School District stands in solidarity in support of racial equality and systemic change,” the SCSD said. “We remain committed to this change, and want all of our families to know we further stand in solidarity with peaceful protesters.”
“However, when a District employee uses language in public or on social media that does not align with our Code of Conduct or demonstrate appropriate role modeling for students, that is something that we will not condone,” the district continued. “These statements by our administrator have caused disruption within our school community.”
The SCSD said it was sorry that students, parents and members of the community had to “hear this language from one of our employees,” and said that the incident would be “addressed as a confidential, personnel matter.”
The district later announced on its website that it has placed Lysenko on administrative leave, pending an investigation.
The SCSD further noted that Lysenko “is a tenured administrator with due process rights.”
Lysenko, who has worked for the district for nine years, refused to comment on the incident on Sunday, according to the Democrat & Chronicle.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. Warning – Obscene Language:
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