Headmaster of elite NYC school says he was ‘trapped by a disgruntled teacher’

The headmaster of Grace Church School who was secretly recorded saying that ‘we’re demonizing white people for being born’ has issued an apology to staff, declaring he’d been ‘trapped’ by a disgruntled teacher and didn’t mean what he said.

In a letter obtained by DailyMail.com, George Davison claims his remarks were was taken out of context and doesn’t actually believe the school is demonizing white students. He suggested math teacher Paul Rossi had an axe to grind when he recorded their conversation and then released the audio on Twitter on Tuesday.

Rossi was pulled from his classes last week after criticizing the school’s anti-racism policies. 

Davison wrote to colleagues at the Manhattan private school on Tuesday after his comments were posted:

‘Dear All,

 Paul recorded our conversation, without telling me, during our Zoom meeting when I was informing him of being placed on warning and the conditions of his contract. He got into his talking points and out of context it sounds as if I support his contention that we demonize white students. I do not and have not supported that contention. I apologize to all of you for being trapped by him. I am very careful, but this time I was not successful.’ 

 George

The school’s Board of Trustees posted its own message to the school community on Thursday, distancing itself from Davison’s controversial remarks.

‘These were incomplete excerpts of a difficult conversation with a disgruntled member of the faculty with whom George has deep disagreements—but with whom he was nonetheless trying to engage in dialogue,’ the Trustees write. ‘George recognizes the hurt and confusion these excerpts have caused within our community, and he takes responsibility for the impact of his words. He, and we, remain steadfast in our school’s commitment to antiracism.’

Paul Rossi, a math teacher at Grace Church High School in Manhattan's NoHo neighborhood, publicly blasted his employer in a public blog post on Tuesday

Paul Rossi, a math teacher at Grace Church High School in Manhattan's NoHo neighborhood, publicly blasted his employer in a public blog post on Tuesday

George P. Davison, the head of the Grace Church High School in Manhattan admits a a taped phone conversation that 'we are demonizing white people'

George P. Davison, the head of the Grace Church High School in Manhattan admits a a taped phone conversation that 'we are demonizing white people'

George P. Davison (right) the head of the Grace Church High School in Manhattan is heard in a taped telephone conversation agreeing that ‘we’re demonizing white people’

Paul Rossi released the audio on Twitter Tuesday morning and said the phone conversation occurred March 2. The two are apparently talking about the whole woke movement in schools and how authority figures are making white students feel inherently racist.

‘Let me ask you something, George, because I think there’s something very different about having a single experience where you make sense of it, right, and having a teacher, an authority figure, talk to you endlessly, every year, telling you, that because you have whiteness you are associated with evils, all these different evils,’ Rossi tells him on the excerpt he released.

‘These are moral evils, it’s not the same as taking a physical thing, because it doesn’t affect your moral value. That’s the problem.’

Davison replies, ‘The fact is that I’m agreeing with you that there has been a demonization that we need to get our hands around, in the way in which people are doing this understanding.’

Paul Rossi, the teacher, released the audio on Twitter Monday morning of a phone conversation with George Davison that he said occurred March 2. The two are apparently talking about the whole woke movement in schools and how authority figures are making white students feel inherently racist

Paul Rossi, the teacher, released the audio on Twitter Monday morning of a phone conversation with George Davison that he said occurred March 2. The two are apparently talking about the whole woke movement in schools and how authority figures are making white students feel inherently racist

Paul Rossi, the teacher, released the audio on Twitter Monday morning of a phone conversation with George Davison that he said occurred March 2. The two are apparently talking about the whole woke movement in schools and how authority figures are making white students feel inherently racist

‘So you agree that we’re demonizing kids,’ Rossi states.

‘We’re demonizing ki,’ Davison says before cutting himself off. Then he adds, ‘We’re demonizing white people, for being born.’

‘And are some of our students white people?’ Rossi asks.

‘ Yes,’ the head of school replies.

‘Okay, so we’re demonizing white kids,’ Rossi says. ‘Why don’t you just say it?’

Davison replies, ‘We are using language that makes them feel less than, for nothing that they are personally responsible for.’

Rossi said that despite being forced out of the classroom, several people at the school have offered him words of support.

‘There are many who were privately sympathetic with my concerns,’ he told DailyMail.com shortly after releasing the audio. 

‘And I don’t blame them for not doing even close to what I did. I understand the reality of mortgages and kids. People have a duty to the truth and they also have a duty to their families, and everyone must weigh those priorities for themselves.’   

Topher Nichols, the school’s director of communications, did not challenge the authenticity of the tape. ‘At this point, we don’t have a comment,’ he told DailyMail.com. 

Last night, a former parent at the $57,000-a-year New York City school that banned math teacher who spoke out against its woke curriculum has claimed pupils spend a week every month learning Critical Race Theory.

Grace Church School teacher Paul Rossi was ousted from the classroom Monday after he accused the school of ‘indoctrinating’ students with antiracist lessons ‘at the cost of students’ psychological and intellectual development’.

In an essay shared on former New York Times editor Bari Weiss’s Substack, Rossi said he could no longer stay silent while ‘witnessing the harmful impact’ that the curriculum has on children.

A former parent of the school, who identified himself as C Bell, commented on his essay that students are being forced to undertake controversial lessons focused on ‘antiracism, equity and belonging’.

He said: ‘I’m a former parent. My son had Paul Rossi. Sadly, Mr. Rossi’s account is not hyperbole. 

‘One week out of the month is now fully devoted to CRT (not academics). 

‘Grace was in the news earlier this year as well for it’s language guide, which suggested (among other things) that students and teachers say folks or parents or family and not specifically mom and dad because not all kids have mom and dads and such a person might be offended if you ask about their mom and dad. 

‘The goal of education cannot be to eliminate all possibility of offense.’

Topher Nichols, the school spokesman, confirmed to DailyMail.com Monday: 'I can confirm that Paul was relieved of his teaching duties'

Topher Nichols, the school spokesman, confirmed to DailyMail.com Monday: 'I can confirm that Paul was relieved of his teaching duties'

Topher Nichols, the school spokesman, confirmed to DailyMail.com Monday: ‘I can confirm that Paul was relieved of his teaching duties’

Before the Rossi scandal, it was revealed last month that the Grace Church School issued a glossary of terms they claim will make the facility a more ‘inclusive’ place.

It offered a 12-page guide to staff, students and parents that encourages them to stop using ‘mom’ and ‘dad’, to stop asking classmates where they may have gone on vacation and urges them not to wish anyone a ‘Merry Christmas’ – or even a ‘Happy Holidays’.

The school’s website also has a page devoted to antiracism where it outlines the programs offered to pupils and parents. 

Among the upcoming events are Zoom meetings for parents of white backgrounds where they can discuss how to better tackle racism.

Rossi claimed that the school’s headmaster, George P. Davison, privately agreed the school is ‘demonizing white people for being born’. That accusation came Monday in response to a letter by Davison said to have been shared with staff Sunday. 

That note from Davison is said to have read: ‘You should know that Paul has declined his contract so will not be returning in the fall.

‘The wellbeing of our community is our first priority, and we take it seriously whenever students raise concerns about the professionalism of a teacher. 

Rossi responded, claiming head George P. Davison privately agreed the school is now 'demonizing white people for being born'

Rossi responded, claiming head George P. Davison privately agreed the school is now 'demonizing white people for being born'

Rossi responded, claiming head George P. Davison privately agreed the school is now ‘demonizing white people for being born’

‘It is clear to me that Paul cannot be effective as a teacher at Grace any more. I have informed him that he is relieved of his teaching duties, and we’ve asked two support teachers to take over his math classes for the final quarter.

‘He has been asked to not come into the building without prior coordination.’ 

Topher Nichols, the school spokesman, told DailyMail.com Monday: ‘I can confirm that Paul was relieved of his teaching duties. 

‘He has been invited to spend the remainder of his contract with the school contributing to a new task force that will review best practices nationwide around belonging.’ 

Candace Owens says parents must SUE woke schools who want to cancel conservative thinking and blasts ‘meaningless’ degrees like gender studies

Candace Owens is pictured

Candace Owens is pictured

Candace Owens is pictured 

Candace Owens has said parents need to start suing woke schools who want to cancel conservative thinking. 

The conservative commentator said: ‘Parents have to start speaking out, not just speaking out, but suing. You have to start suing the schools because they’re ruining the lives of young children.’

She was joined on Fox News by Turning Point founder Charlie Kirk, who added: ‘Where are the adults that are going to start to stand up and realize that the next generation that’s standing up for freedom in our country is worthy of protection, in this situation? 

‘It takes courage to be a young conservative. It’s time for adults to start to protect young people’s right to organize and speak their mind.’  

Owens added: ‘This thought process that we keep seeing that conservatives are not allowed to exist, that being conservative is backwards and it’s wrong, and especially when it comes to the education system taking part in this, right? 

‘Smearing and labeling their own students, these students having to transfer out of schools. This is systematic bullying that’s happening, but worse than that, it’s propagandist.’

She later praised Andrew Gutmann, 45, who pulled his daughter from $54,000 a year Brearley school  as ‘an absolute hero’ before blasting ‘meaningless’ degrees like gender studies. 

Responding to one student’s claims that they were punished for studying her in black history month, Owens said: ‘This young girl you brought up…picked me, a black person, for Black History Month, and she was accused of being a racist.

 ‘I mean, that is so twisted and perverted and wrong. It would be funny if it wasn’t so cruel that led to her actually having to transfer out of this school.’

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Nichols elaborated on why Rossi was ‘relieved of his teaching duties,’ saying it was because ‘numerous students requested to be removed from his class because of his unprofessional conduct and because he demeaned them in the press.’  

The school had told DailyMail.com Thursday that Rossi wouldn’t be fired or face discipline over his post. 

Rossi then said he received an email from school Principal Davison saying he should stay home until further notice for ‘security concerns.’ 

He is said to have been asked to stay home after another colleague threatened him in the wake of his complaints being published. 

By Monday he had been ‘relieved of his duties’.  

Candace Owens said Sunday that parents need to start suing woke schools who want to cancel conservative thinking. 

She told Fox News: ‘Parents have to start speaking out, not just speaking out, but suing. You have to start suing the schools because they’re ruining the lives of young children.’

Conservative activist Charlie Kirk added: ‘Where are the adults that are going to start to stand up and realize that the next generation that’s standing up for freedom in our country is worthy of protection, in this situation? 

‘It takes courage to be a young conservative. It’s time for adults to start to protect young people’s right to organize and speak their mind.’

Her comments came in the wake of a second controversy that impacted another elite New York City prep schools where a parent complained his child was being brainwashed with anti-racism ideology. 

Andrew Gutmann, 45, had announced in an April 13 letter shared by journalist Bari Weiss this week that he has chosen not to reenroll his daughter in the all-girls school where annual tuition is $54,000. 

He pulled his daughter from the school over its woke antiracism ‘obsession.’ He accused the school of ‘teaching what to think not how to think.’

The school responded by slamming him for being ‘offensive.’

On Monday Woke, Inc author Vivek Ramaswamy also blasted what he calls a culture of ‘indoctrination’. 

He said American schools are ‘going down the tubes’ because they have been ‘infected’ with ‘woke culture’ that has ‘sacrificed the idea of excellence’ by ‘indoctrinating’ students.  

Ramaswamy, a biotech entrepreneur and the author of Woke, Inc, compared the wave of ‘wokeness’ in schools to China‘s Cultural Revolution of the 60s and 70s, when its people were indoctrinated with Maoism by the Communist Party.  

Ramaswamy told Fox News that these incidents illustrate the extent to which American children are being brainwashed.

‘I think it’s going to be really damaging, poisoning the minds of our next generation,’ he told Fox News.

‘The thing about America as a country is that we are not like many other countries throughout history – defined on the basis of a single ethnicity, or a single language, or a single monarch.

‘America is an idea, and part of being an idea as a country means this. 

‘The way we describe America affects that America actually works, that’s why we call it the American dream. 

‘It’s what we aspire to. E pluribus unum (out of many, one). That’s what we should be aspiring to, ideas that bind us together.

Rossi on Tuesday came forward with allegations in a blog post that he published on Substack

Rossi on Tuesday came forward with allegations in a blog post that he published on Substack

Rossi on Tuesday came forward with allegations in a blog post that he published on Substack

Grace Church High School is a $57,000-a-year private school whose famous alumni include actor David Duchovny and New York Times columnist David Brooks

Grace Church High School is a $57,000-a-year private school whose famous alumni include actor David Duchovny and New York Times columnist David Brooks

Grace Church High School is a $57,000-a-year private school whose famous alumni include actor David Duchovny and New York Times columnist David Brooks

Vivek Ramaswamy (above) spoke out in response to two separate controversies that impacted elite New York City prep schools where parents complained their children were being brainwashed with anti-racism ideology

Vivek Ramaswamy (above) spoke out in response to two separate controversies that impacted elite New York City prep schools where parents complained their children were being brainwashed with anti-racism ideology

Vivek Ramaswamy (above) spoke out in response to two separate controversies that impacted elite New York City prep schools where parents complained their children were being brainwashed with anti-racism ideology

HEAD OF DALTON RESIGNS AMID ROW OVER WOKE POLICIES

Jim Best said he would see out the year at the $50,000-a-year institution then step down to pursue 'other opportunities'

Jim Best said he would see out the year at the $50,000-a-year institution then step down to pursue 'other opportunities'

Jim Best said he would see out the year at the $50,000-a-year institution then step down to pursue ‘other opportunities’

The head of the elite Manhattan school Dalton is stepping down this year after being slammed by parents for pushing an ‘obsessive’, antiracism agenda on students. 

Jim Best said he would see out the year at the $50,000-a-year institution then step down to pursue ‘other opportunities’. 

His resignation is in response to parents’ complaints that Dalton, like other prestigious private schools Grace Church and Brearley, is indoctrinating students with its woke agenda.

Dalton parents penned an anonymous open letter to the school earlier this week. 

‘Every class this year has had an obsessive focus on race and identity, ‘racist cop’ reenactments in science, ‘de-centering whiteness’ in art class, learning about white supremacy and sexuality in health class. 

‘Wildly inappropriate, many of these classes feel more akin to a Zoom corporate sensitivity-training than to Dalton’s intellectually engaging curriculum,’ it read. 

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He added: ‘Instead we have been obsessing over diversity, our differences, for a decade now forgetting all of the ways in which we are actually the same, and now that’s getting transmitted to the next generation.

‘I think the way we describe this country to them will affect the way it works in the next generation, and that’s something to be really frightened of.’  

Gutmann, who runs his family’s chemical business, told the New York Post on Saturday that he penned the 1,700-word letter he mailed to 650 different families because ‘someone had to speak out.’ He said he does not regret sending the letter.

‘She hasn’t been brainwashed yet by the school – but she’s had me at home. I’m not so sure that’s true of the other kids,’ Gutmann told the outlet, referring to his daughter. 

‘Someone had to do it. Someone had to light the match. Everyone’s so afraid of cancel culture. We’re going to destroy the city, we’re going to destroy the country.’ 

Gutmann said he refused to sign the school’s anti-racism pledge in October. 

The school had started the required pledge after black alumnae accused the school of racism in posts made to the Instagram account account ‘Black at Brearley,’ according to the Washington Free Beacon.

The school’s antiracism and diversity plans are extensively described on its website. 

‘I thought they were going to kick my daughter out then,’ Gutmann said. 

‘They didn’t, but next year they have the pledge built into the yearly school contract.’

The concerned dad claimed that the school’s ‘once-rigorous curriculum’ completely changed after administrators ‘managed to sneak’  in an increased emphasis on race during the pandemic ‘when everyone was distracted,’ the New York Post reported.

‘I don’t know who’s really driving this and nobody does,’ he told the outlet.

Gutmann said the thing he resented the most about Brearley is that the school ‘has begun to teach what to think, instead of how to think.’ 

Jane Fried, Brearley’s head of school, sent a message to the school’s families on Friday in which she slammed Gutmann’s letter as ‘deeply offensive and harmful.’

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