Greenwich School District Investigating Video Involving School Administrator – NBC Connecticut
The Greenwich School District launched an investigation after a video of a school administrator apparently making comments about its hiring practices was posted online on Tuesday.
The highly edited hidden camera video was released by the Project Veritas group. According to its website, the organization says it “..investigates and exposes corruption, dishonesty, personal dealings, waste, fraud and other misconduct in public and private institutions to achieve a more ethical and transparent.
According to Project Veritas, the video shows school administrator Cos Cob talking to a woman at a series of restaurants in July. It’s unclear where the restaurants are or when the videos were recorded, though Project Veritas includes a timestamp with different dates in July.
It is also unknown who the woman speaking in the hidden video is. A narrator of the video says she is one of the organization’s undercover reporters.
NBC Connecticut has not independently verified the accuracy of the video.
Several times in the video, the administrator is asked about his hiring practices. He seems to say that he does not hire curators.
He also appears to refer to Catholics as conservative, and when asked what he does if he finds out a job applicant is Catholic, he replied “You don’t hire them”.
“Discrimination of any kind has no place in Connecticut, especially in our public schools. It doesn’t align with our Connecticut values,” Gov. Ned Lamont said in a statement.
Greenwich First Selectman Fred Camillo posted a call for investigation on Facebook after seeing the video.
“The Veritas video that has just been released, and I see no reason to suspect that it is not accurate, is shameful and requires a thorough investigation not only of this administrator, but also of the damage caused to the candidates. , past and present,” Camillo said in the post. “To think that Roman Catholic candidates may have applied for teaching positions and not been given due consideration because of their religion seems like a thing of the past, not 2022.”
Greenwich School Superintendent Dr Toni Jones emailed pupils’ families and school staff on Wednesday morning saying she had been made aware of the video on Tuesday evening and although she make no public statement at this time, the district intends to conduct a full investigation.
“However, we do not support any opinion that promotes discriminatory hiring practices based on race, religion, gender or age in any way, and we want to remind our entire community that our policies and procedures programs are strictly enforced by our Board of Directors,” Jones’ email read.
On Wednesday afternoon, Jones said the administrator had been placed on administrative leave.