Tallahassee Democrat Editor William Hatfield has responded to TR’s request for a comment related to the story below.
Hatfield said that a Facebook comment by Tallahassee Classical Board Chair Barney Bishop – where Bishop said that the one of the parents called the art lesson “pornographic” – confirms the accuracy of the opening line in the Tallahassee Democrat’s original story. The opening line stated, “A local charter school principal said she was forced to resign after a parent complained a Renaissance art lesson was pornographic.”
However, Bishop’s comment does not say the the principal was fired because of the parent’s complaint.
In addition, the Former Tallahassee Classical principal Hope Carrasquilla, is quoted as saying she “never told reporters that a parent called the lesson ‘pornographic'” and “I never said I was fired because of this art lesson.”
Bottom line, someone is not telling the truth.
Former Tallahassee Classical principal Hope Carrasquilla, who resigned from leadership at the school on March 20, told The Epoch Times that the reporting by the Tallahassee Democrat related to her relationship with the school is false.
The Tallahassee Democrat reported on March 23 that “A local charter school principal said she was forced to resign after a parent complained a Renaissance art lesson was pornographic.”
The statement refers to Michelangelo’s nude sculpture of “David.”
That article also stated that Carrasquilla “believes the catalyst for the ultimatum was complaints about an art lesson on the Renaissance period.”
However, in an interview with The Epoch Times, Carrasquilla said she didn’t understand how media outlets got the story so wrong. She never told reporters that a parent called the lesson “pornographic…I hate people think that somehow I’m spreading lies,” she said. “I never said I was fired because of this art lesson.”
A review of the Tallahassee Democrat article indicates there are no direct quotes from Carrasquilla using the word pornographic. In addition, there are no direct quotes from Carrasquilla stating that the art lesson was the reason she was forced to resign.
Rather, the statements in the article – relating to the use of the word pornographic and the fact the art lesson was the reason for the resignation – are in the reporters words, attributed to Carrasquilla.
The original story published by the Tallahassee Democrat went viral as many were outraged that the “David” sculpture was characterized as pornographic and that the principal was fired for approving the art lesson.
Tallahassee Reports has reached out to Tallahassee Democrat Editor William Hatfield for a comment.