Principal Loses Title for Spelling School Sign Wrong! (Look!)

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*Talk about the writing being on the wall! Literally. A New Jersey public school principal was demoted last week, after a misspelled sign caught the eye of parents and a board member, who put it up on social media, which took it viral.

And we’re not talking a insie, weesie error. We’re talking a whopper. And did I mention it happened TWICE!

Just look at the photo above, where the word December is misspelled “Dicember” and the word report is written as “reepor.” And I’m sorry, it hurts even worse to know that the principal was a woman!

Antoinette Young, the principal of Public School Number 20 in Paterson, New Jersey, has been demoted to a vice principal position at another school. Parents discovered the errors on the sign, which was in front of the school’s side entrance. The errors had gone  unnoticed for more than a week.

In addition to the two misspelled words, the number ‘1’ was also placed backwards on the sign, CBS New York reports.

The typo-riddled sign was up for days before school board member Corey Teague posted photos on social media.

“If this is how the administration takes care of signage how can we expect the students to do better? We must be held to a higher standard,” Teague wrote in an email accompanying the photos, reports.

Blame it on the custodian! Officials said the errors were made by a custodian  and added that the sign was placed near an entrance not normally used by staff, according to

After Teague’s photo of the misspelled school sign went viral, officials reassigned the principal to a vice principal position at another school.

Young had been principal at the 465-student school less than two years and was already under a “Corrective Action Plan” designed to address shortcomings in her performance, according to the New York Daily News.

Check out the comments on the school’s Facebook page and watch the video report at Huffington Post.

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