principles and principals, they’re not interchangeable

A teen mother, living in poverty; she works hard to extricate herself from her situation, eventually earning two masters degrees. She becomes a teacher and goes on to become a public school principal. Pretty inspiring story, isn’t it? But the ending is a little less than inspiring.

Meet Sadie Silver, principal of Public School 28 in Brooklyn, NY. She and her boyfriend, Michael Acosta, were arrested for trying to smuggle heroin and suboxone into Coxsackie Correctional Facility in upstate New York. Just to add a little icing to this layer cake of shame, they had a 10 year old child with them when they tried to pass the drugs to an inmate in the facility’s visiting room. Nice, huh?

Both were charged with promoting prison contraband and possession of a controlled substance. They were arraigned and released on bond. The NYC school system has “reassigned” Ms. Silver pending the outcome of her case. But don’t worry, she’ll still be collecting her paycheck (to the tune of $129K per year, by the way) while she waits for the wheels of justice to turn. Is this a great country or what?