Sports-hating principal promises to hate sports a little less
The bleachers are unbolted and the partition fixed at the Van Buren High School gym in Queens, as principal Marilyn Shevell responds to people who find her the Wicked Sports Witch of the East for her apparent stance that sports is getting in the way of kids graduating from her high school.
According to DOE spokeswoman Margie Feinberg, Shevell said the school’s athletics program will be able to practice and host games in the gym, and parents will be permitted to attend home games again. A recorded telephone message was sent out to convey that message to all parents and students at the Queens Village school, Feinberg added.
In other words, Shevell is promising that sports in Van Buren will run just fine.
Alas, not everyone believes her.
Now try telling that to the 50 students and parents who protested Shevell’s management of the sports program, carrying homemade signs outside the school on Thursday and demanding an improvement.
Shevell’s assurances sound good, they say, but they’ll believe them when they see it.
“She doesn’t want sports at the school,” said one school source who did not want to be identified but is connected to Van Buren’s administration and athletic program. “I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if none of those things happen. It’s all false promises.”