Mayor de Blasio shamed a posh Brooklyn private school Sunday for allegedly trying to sweep under the rug a controversial blackface video made by its students.
Poly Prep Country Day School in Dyker Heights is accused of failing to discipline a trio of white girls who made a video depicting two of them gibbering like monkeys while cavorting around a bedroom with blackened faces.
“Poly Prep has some real explaining to do. And what’s absolutely clear is that a conversation about racism at the school is long overdue,” tweeted de Blasio.
The girls, two of whom are freshmen, made the video two years ago while attending Poly Prep’s junior high school. The third had already left the school for unrelated reasons, sources said.
After the video surfaced, the oft-scandalized, $50,000-a-year institution was more worried about protecting its image than addressing the outrageous, some students said.
“It seemed like they were more concerned and angry about people sharing the video than they were about the contents,” said senior Talisha Ward, who was part of a nearly 400-student sit-in at the campus Friday.
Poly Prep alum and freshman US Rep. Max Rose (D–Staten Island) said he has reached out to the school’s headmaster.
“I personally spoke with the headmaster upon learning of this video to ensure the proper steps are being taken so that not only does this not happen again, but that all students understand why this is wrong in the first place,” Rose tweeted, also calling the imagery “deeply offensive and hurtful.”
The 164-year-old school has seen its share of controversies.
Football coach Philip Foglietta was accused in 2009 of molesting hundreds of boys during his 25-year tenure at the school.
A dozen plaintiffs settled with the school for an undisclosed amount in 2012.
In 2015, Poly Prep also was rocked by accusations that a wrestling coach took select students — including the son of rocker Jon Bon Jovi — on a booze-fueled trip to Cuba, complete with “rite of passage” hookers.
Then the school sacked its entire lacrosse coaching staff in 2017 after it was revealed that players sneaked out of their hotel rooms while on a team trip to Orlando, Fla., to throw boozy parties.
Neither the mayor’s office nor school headmaster Audrius Barzdukas returned a request for comment.
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