SPENCERPORT, New York — An assistant principal from suburban Rochester has sparked outrage after a video of him yelling “f**k the police” took off on social media. Steven Lysenko, an Assistant Principal at Spencerport High School, was present at the Rochester demonstrations that were later declared a riot. “Our peacekeepers ended up shooting pepper spray at us for singing and chanting about what a sh***y a** job they were doing,” Lysenko screamed into his phone. “They can f**k right off America! F**k the police, f**k Rochester Police Department!”
The Spencerport School District responded to the outburst and subsequent outrage it generated in a statement. The district affirmed that it “stands in solidarity of racial equality and systemic change,” and stated that the incident would “be addressed as a confidential, personnel matter.”
“We remain committed to this change, and want all of our families to know we further stand in solidarity with peaceful protesters. However, when a District employee uses language in public or on social media that does not align with our Code of Conduct or demonstrate appropriate role modeling for students, that is something that we will not condone,” it went on to say.
“We apologize to our students, parents and community that you had to hear this language from one of our employees.”
The Rochester demonstrations that the principal participated in turned violent over the weekend. Multiple fires were started and rioters at one point swarmed a restaurant. Glasses were smashed, tables were toppled and restaurant goers were forced to flee. Rioters were later seen climbing on and vandalizing residential buildings.
Lysenko was later placed on leave following an additional statement from the school district. “As you are probably are aware, the video involving Mr Lysenko and, its related disruption, has resulted in the decision to place him on administrative leave,” it said.