Tallahassee Reports has learned that Jasmine Smith, the principal of Oak Ridge Elementary School, sent an inappropriate text message during a elementary school principal meeting on August 25th.
The message, which was sent to another elementary school principal, was inadvertently included in a thread with approximately 20 other LCS elementary principals.
The message from Ms. Smith, who is African American, stated: “Nigg** I Know you fuc* lying!
The news comes after a controversial Facebook post by Nikki Bradley, the assistant principal at the elementary school Apalachee Tapestry Magnet School of the Arts.
Bradley posted on Facebook before the start of school that for awhile now she felt like the “Ringmaster of the —-show” and requested that “someone come get the monkeys and all the circus friends.”
Bradley was demoted and reassigned after extensive media coverage of the post, which included comments from Tallahassee City Commissioners Dianne Williams-Cox and Curtis Richardson.
When contacted by Tallahassee Reports about Ms. Smith’s text message, LCS spokesperson Chris Petley provided the following statement:
Though intended as a private message, Principal Smith inadvertently sent a text to “group chat” of LCS elementary principals using offensive language and a racial slur. She was immediately issued a letter of reprimand from her supervisor and informed of further follow up from human resources once school was successfully opened.
Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources and Employee Relations Deana McAllister met with Principal Smith the week of September 8 and informed Mrs. Smith that she would be placed on administrative leave without pay for three days.
The language used in the text message was unacceptable and offensive to many. Principal Smith has apologized to her colleagues and staff.
Tallahassee Reports was contacted by several people aware of the Smith text message who were concerned about the lack of media coverage of the incident when compared to coverage of the Bradley incident.