PATERSON, N.J. - Paterson teachers and union staff will wear black Tuesday in support of John McEntee, the current Paterson Education Association president who is facing charges from the district for allegedly verbally attacking and intimidating a district vice-principal.
The district is seeking to revoke McEntee's tenure for what district superintendent Donnie Evans called "unbecoming conduct" and said in a email to board of ed. members that "more information will be available in the future".
John McEntee took to social media after the charges and reminded everyone that "This is not my first rodeo, and it certainly will not be my last. I am a fighter, and I hope that my fighting spirit becomes contagious. Make no mistake; we are going to fight back very hard".
McEntee has been a public critic of the district, the conditions in schools, and has thought outside of the box to get responses from the district. Last year when temperatures in the class rooms reached nearly 100 degrees, McEntee put thermometers in the class rooms to document the hot temperatures.
In October when the district told teachers to schedule back to school events during school hours for "safety", McEntee spearheaded an initiative to have the Guardian Angels, a civilian group geared at community safety, patrol the areas around Paterson schools for back to school night.
The district has not released any information on the charges. District spokeswoman Terry Corrallo said that the charges are not public and no details will be released on the matter.