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01-19-2012, 10:05 AM
From WSJ.com (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204468004577169254277646374.html) by Sophia Hollander:
A popular leader at the United Nations International School resigned Monday after allegedly making "offensive" racial remarks, according to parents and administrators.

Executive director George Dymond, who began teaching at the private school more than 30 years ago, was promoted to the school's top administrative post last fall to provide stability to a school reeling from the abrupt resignation of its previous leader. Stuart Walker was hired in the fall of 2009 and resigned the following May for "personal reasons." Mr. Walker couldn't be reached for comment.

On Tuesday, Patricia O'Brien, the chairman of the board, sent an email to parents, faculty and staff saying Mr. Dymond had resigned for "personal and family reasons." Mr. Dymond didn't return requests for comment.

But in a meeting on Monday that included a range of school stakeholders, officials described the situation in more detail.

"As I understand, he made inappropriate remarks that included some offensive references, and that's not something that the United Nations school can tolerate," said Gail Johnson, president of the Parents Association, who attended the meeting.

In the interim, the assistant executive director, Anthony Simone, will run the school, officials said.

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