IS 224 parents rally against principal accused of racism

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Parents of children at a New York City public school rallied Monday after a teacher there accused the principal of racism.

They want Principal Patricia Catania removed from her role at I.S. 224. Sources say she has no prior disciplinary history.

The Daily News previously reported that students and staffers accused Catania of halting an English teacher from conducting lessons on black history.

Mercedes Liriano, the English teacher, attended the rally. She accuses Catania of preventing her from teaching a lesson on the Harlem Renaissance.

Sources have confirmed that there is an active investigation into the allegations.

The NYC Department of Education says black history is an important part of the curriculum.

"Students are currently working on projects related to Black History Month that will be presented and highlighted at the end of February," a DOE spokesperson said. "All schools must provide a supportive and inclusive learning environment, and there's no place for discrimination or bias of any kind in our schools."

Last month, a teacher at M.S. 118 named Patricia Cummings was fired following accusations that she told black students to lay on the floor and stepped on their backs to illustrate a lesson on slavery.

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