VIDEO: Pope John Paul The Second Academy’s President Seen Berating Boca Raton Black Family On Camera, Then Expels Student.
Mother, A Criminal Defense Attorney, Says It’s Racism.
BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The Diocese of Palm Beach County apparently offered a Black student the opportunity to return to St. John Paul the Second Academy in Boca Raton after the school’s president expelled the student in an incident captured on camera and publicized by BocaNewsNow.com.
BocaNewsNow.com published the exclusive video Friday night, showing the student’s parents being yelled at and berated by John Paul’s principal, Brother Daniel Aubin.
The woman recording the video is the student’s mother, noted attorney Kasya Earley. She told BocaNewsNow.com on Saturday that the entire incident started as a misunderstanding that spiraled out of control.
According to Earley, the school emailed on Wednesday — but never called — to say her son was in the exposure range of another student who tested positive for COVID-19. As a result of the potential exposure, the boy was to quarantine for ten days. That email, according to Earley, went to spam, and the child was sent to school on Thursday. He was immediately told to go home, which he did. Earley says the school never called to confirm that the parents knew a quarantine was in effect.
But when the boy’s parents returned to school to obtain the child’s schedule and work assignments on Friday, they were met by Brother Aubin who aggressively ordered them off campus. Inexplicably, Aubin then expelled the boy who wasn’t even on school property.
“He was the aggressor the entire time,” said Attorney Earley. “We never called for (Aubin) to come out of his office. We would have left as soon as they gave us the schedule, (which an office employee) was doing. I thank God that I thought to record.”
Earley says she believes Aubin, who called Boca Raton police, would have had her husband arrested for aggravated assault, even though he is seen doing absolutely nothing aggressive in the video. Police arrived, and left, without charging anyone with anything. Their response is seen in the video, above.
“I told my husband not to speak,” said Earley, a criminal defense attorney. “I am always fighting for the rights of others. And when this hit close to home, it hurt me.”
Earley said she received a call from Palm Beach Diocese Schools Superintendent Gary Gelo Saturday morning who offered to reverse the expulsion. But until Brother Aubin is disciplined, she said, she’s unsure what the right move is for her child.
“The damage is already done,” said Earley. “I had to explain to my son that it is not a safe environment (for Black students).” She believes race is a factor in the incident.
The Diocese Of Palm Beach did not respond to a request for comment.
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