Corinne Lestch, NY Daily News, August 2, 2011
The principal of a Bronx Catholic school was fired Tuesday after the Daily News exposed his ties to a white supremacist group and his controversial writings.
“Frank Borzellieri has been relieved of his position as principal of Our Lady of Mount Carmel School,” said Joe Zwilling, spokesman for the Archdiocese of New York.
“This decision was reached following a thorough internal review of his opinions and beliefs as expressed in his books and columns, and a discussion with Mr. Borzellieri himself.”
The 48-year-old, who was named principal at the mostly black and Latino school two years ago, had pushed in the past to ban a biography of martyred civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King.
He wrote a 2004 book which maintained “diversity is a weakness,” and was a frequent contributor to the white supremacist publication American Renaissance.
As a Queens school board member, he tried to bar “anti-American” literature–including the King book–from school libraries and remove a gay teacher from the classroom.
Zwilling said the opinions expressed by Borzellieri in his writings “were found to be incompatible with the philosophy and practices” of the school and the archdiocese.