Teacher remained at Townsend Harris High after alleged sex with student

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A metropolis instructor accused of getting sex with a pupil at a prime Queens highschool continued to have contact with college students regardless of being faraway from the classroom, according to a new report.

Intheir newest story in regards to the sordid saga, student journalists at Townsend Harris High School wrote that disgraced educator Joseph Canzoneri nonetheless got here into contact with pupils for prolonged durations in an workplace space — and was assigned to assist supervise a schoolwide gathering — regardless of a metropolis investigation that stated he bedded a student and engaged in cases of sexual misconduct with different pupils.

The college’s student paper, The Classic, had lastly compelled Canzoneri’s outright elimination from campus final week after it obtained the report that outlined his alleged misconduct and commenced asking questions.

The cub reporters’ newest story revealed that whereas the instructor had been faraway from the classroom at the college, he nonetheless had contact with college students earlier than he acquired the boot from the constructing.

Townsend Harris High School
Townsend Harris High School is without doubt one of the NYC’s prime establishments.
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Students on Tuesday staged a sit-in at the college — one of many metropolis’s prime educational bastions — to protest what they deemed administrative inaction within the dealing with of Canzoneri.

The college students blasted directors for permitting Canzoneri on campus regardless of the gravity of the costs towards him.

“If they won’t keep us safe, we’ll keep us safe!” some college students chanted.

Joseph Canzoneri
Earlier this month, a metropolis investigation discovered that Joseph Canzoneri had sex with a student and engaged in cases of sexual misconduct with different pupils.

A Townsend student instructed The Classic that she had been in Canzoneri’s presence repeatedly over the autumn regardless of his elimination from lecture rooms.

“In fact, numerous students have [been in the teacher’s presence] at various times when visiting Office 544, which houses teachers from various departments and is where Mr. Canzoneri set up a desk for himself,” the outlet wrote.

The reporters additionally obtained a flier that confirmed Canzoneri assigned to assist supervise a schoolwide student gathering within the auditorium alongside with different academics.

Video still of a student protest.
Students protest what they deemed administrative inaction within the dealing with of Canzoneri.

A 2019 metropolis Special Commissioner of Investigation report stated it discovered that Canzoneri bedded a student after plying her with alcohol and marijuana and that he engaged in types of sexual misconduct with different college students.

While the DOE pursued his termination after the SCI report emerged, all prices towards him have been later dropped as a result of the concerned college students refused to testify towards him in a listening to.

A student leads a chant at the sit-in on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021.
A student leads a chant at the sit-in on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021.

Canzoneri was quietly reinstalled at Townsend Harris in September earlier than The Classic’s reporting compelled his ouster.

He has since been positioned in a central administration constructing with out contact with college students, in accordance with the DOE.

“Our number one duty is ensuring the safety of our school communities and there is nothing more important than the well-being of each and every one of our students,” stated spokesperson Katie O’Hanlon. “This employee was immediately removed from classrooms once these deeply disturbing allegations came to light and will never be permitted back in Townsend Harris again.”

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