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'Leftist lie': Principal's attorney says new hearing date forthcoming

Tina Locurto
York Dispatch
Scott D’Orazio

An update could come as early as Wednesday about the twice-delayed public hearings for a Northeastern School District principal accused of criticizing the Black Lives Matter movement, according to one of the attorneys who represents the administrator.

The hearing for Shallow Brook Intermediate School Principal Scott D’Orazio was originally scheduled after he allegedly posted a meme earlier this year on his personal Facebook page calling the Black Lives Matter movement a “leftist lie.”

"We are working on rescheduling the hearing," attorney Ed Paskey said. "We should know more by Wednesday."

The Facebook post came amid a national firestorm over the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis at the hands of police. Protests erupted throughout the country, including in York.

Northeastern School District solicitor William J. Zee opened an investigation after activists flagged the post. Superintendent Stacey Sidle later recommended D'Orazio's firing.

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Initially, the hearing before the district's school board was scheduled for July. It was postponed until September, but that meeting was also postponed.

Officials have repeatedly declined to say why the meetings have repeatedly been pushed back. 

Zee did not respond Monday or Tuesday to request for comment. 

D'Orazio's attorneys have argued that his post was protected speech under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. 

— Reach Tina Locurto at tlocurto@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @tina_locurto.