Illinois Sacks Principal Who Banned ‘Black Student’ from Attending Prom Over Spoken Word Poem

Homewood-Flossmoor Principal, Ryan Pitcock, was fired Tuesday at a school board meeting, theChicago Tribune reports. Pitcock’s termination prompted the resignation of  school board member David Mayer.

The official reason for the principal’s firing remains unknown, but it comes just weeks after Pitcock banned 18-year-old student Taiylar Ball from attending prom. He claimed Ball used profanity and “offensive” language in a poem she read at the school talent show titled “Dear Black Girls.”

In a letter sent to parents about Pitcock’s termination, the school board disclosed that it had voted to buy out the last year of the principal’s four-year contract. Pitcock will continue to be paid his salary and benefits until June 30, 2017, the Chicago Tribune reports.

“As a board, we acted in the best interest of our staff, community and students,” said Board President Richard Lites.

The school is currently in search of a new principal.

Meanwhile, Ball is headed to Florida A&M University in the fall where she plans to study biology, Jetreports. The honor graduate received over $1 million in scholarships and was accepted into 11 colleges and universities.

According to the Chicago Tribune, it took a series of meetings with district and school officials before Ball was even allowed to walk at her own graduation.

She has since performed her “infamous” poem for her new college classmates, after which she received a favorable response, The Root reports.

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