Officials seek answers after BX school standoff

Education officials are trying to determine what led a former computer teacher at the New Millennium Business Academy in the Bronx to barricade himself Friday, prompting a three-hour police standoff.

News 12 Staff

Apr 27, 2009, 4:36 PM

Updated 5,564 days ago

Share:

Education officials are trying to determine what led a former computer teacher at the New Millennium Business Academy in the Bronx to barricade himself Friday, prompting a three-hour police standoff.
Francisco Garabitos, 55, was told not to come back to work after being investigated for allegedly hitting a student Thursday. When Garabitos showed up at school Friday morning, the principal called 911 and students were evacuated.
"We know that there has been a history of problems at this school," says Randi Weingarten, president of the United Federation of Teachers.
Garabitos, the UFT chapter leader of the school, apparently had several conflicts with Principal Dorald Bastian, who had given Garabitos two unsatisfactory ratings in the past.
"We know that there was a bad relationship between the principal of the school and himself, as well as [with] several of the other employees in the school," Weingarten says.
News 12 the Bronx obtained an exclusive copy of a letter Garabitos sent to District Superintendent Dolores Esposito, listing the grievances he and 20 other teachers had with Bastian. In the letter, Garabitos wrote that the principal engaged in professional harassment, used anti-union language and held personal grudges. The letter went on to say that a way to solve the problem would be to terminate or reassign Bastian and the assistant principal.
Weingarten says Garabitos' issues with the management of the school have not been addressed, possibly leading to his actions Friday.


More from News 12
0:46
President Biden announces end of 2024 bid for presidency; endorses VP Kamala Harris for pick

President Biden announces end of 2024 bid for presidency; endorses VP Kamala Harris for pick

2:06
Warm Monday with threat for spotty showers through Thursday

Warm Monday with threat for spotty showers through Thursday

Gov. Hochul endorses VP Kamala Harris for president after Biden ends reelection bid

Gov. Hochul endorses VP Kamala Harris for president after Biden ends reelection bid

2:08
National and local lawmakers stunned by Biden's decision not to seek reelection

National and local lawmakers stunned by Biden's decision not to seek reelection

2:01
Biden dropped out. What's next?

Biden dropped out. What's next?

2:03
How the new Democratic nominee will be selected ahead at the national convention

How the new Democratic nominee will be selected ahead at the national convention

3:11
Who is Kamala Harris? A closer look at the woman who could be on the presidential ticket

Who is Kamala Harris? A closer look at the woman who could be on the presidential ticket

Officials release statements following President Biden's decision to end reelection bid

Officials release statements following President Biden's decision to end reelection bid

1:37
President Biden's decision draws mixed reaction from Long Islanders

President Biden's decision draws mixed reaction from Long Islanders

3:40
Former Nassau County Executive Laura Curran weighs in on Biden announcement

Former Nassau County Executive Laura Curran weighs in on Biden announcement

2:00
Political analyst on Biden ending presidential bid: We are truly going to see a historic event

Political analyst on Biden ending presidential bid: We are truly going to see a historic event

3:01
Political analyst Mike Dawidziak on Biden’s decision to bow out of race

Political analyst Mike Dawidziak on Biden’s decision to bow out of race

2:02
Hofstra University Professor Meena Bose weighs in on President Biden's decision to bow out of presidency bid

Hofstra University Professor Meena Bose weighs in on President Biden's decision to bow out of presidency bid

0:19
Police: 7-year-old boy drowns in Bay Shore pool

Police: 7-year-old boy drowns in Bay Shore pool

0:50
Local veteran hits 11,000 miles running with American flag

Local veteran hits 11,000 miles running with American flag

0:37
Long Island Ice Cream Tours celebrate National Ice Cream Day

Long Island Ice Cream Tours celebrate National Ice Cream Day

0:34
Over 1,600 U.S. flights canceled Saturday due to global technology outage

Over 1,600 U.S. flights canceled Saturday due to global technology outage

0:22
Police: 1 man killed, another seriously injured in Aquebogue crash

Police: 1 man killed, another seriously injured in Aquebogue crash

1:30
Officials: Calls to 988 have increased since its creation 2 years ago

Officials: Calls to 988 have increased since its creation 2 years ago

0:59
Officials: Power interruption at NUMC had no impact on patient care

Officials: Power interruption at NUMC had no impact on patient care