New York Assistant Principal Under Fire For Video Screaming “F**K The Police”

Steven Lysenko clearly is not part of the Blue Lives Matter movement.  Lysenko was shown recently on a video screaming “F**k the Police” and other profanities. That is a common form of political expression. The problem is that, in addition to be anti-police, Lysenko is the assistant principal of Spencerport High School. As will come as no surprise to readers of this blog, I do not support Lysenko’s views but I strongly oppose those who want to discipline or fire him because of his exercise of free speech.


In the video, Lysenko was part of protests that followed the death of Daniel Prude in Rochester, New York, which we discussed earlier.  The death raises very serious and disturbing questions of police abuse and racial justice.

In the videotape, Lysenko (who teaches outside of Rochester) is denouncing the response of the police to the protest by saying “We didn’t do anything but chant and sing,” Lysenko says in the video clip. “Our peacekeepers ended up shooting pepper spray at us for singing and chanting and telling them what a s—-y-assed job they were doing. They can f— right off America! F— the police. F— Rochester Police Department.”  Not to forget his manners, he then ends with “thank you.”

In response, the Spencerport Central School District released a statement that, although the district supports “racial equality and systemic change,” it does not condone an employee using profane language on social media.  Accordingly, “This will be addressed as a confidential, personnel matter.”

The controversy has divided the community with some calling for Lysenko to be fired while thousands of others signed a petition in support of him.

Lysenko has been outspoken in his support of Black Lives Matter. On June 3 on Twitter, he declared “To any students-past or present-who follow me here: know that when you post “#WhiteLivesMatter, you are condoning White Supremacy. I that I will not abide!”

That last statement raises an issue of what Lysenko means by not “abiding” opposing views.  However, so long as such intolerance is not displayed at school, Lysenko should be free to express his views outside of his employment. In the video, he identifies himself not as an assistant principal but an officer with a local anti-racism group.

Here is the video: Lysenko video

We have previously seen teachers (herehereherehereherehereherehereherehereherehere, here,and here) students (herehere and here) and other public employees (here and here and here) fired for their private speech or conduct, including school employees fired for posing in magazines (here), appearing on television shows in bikinis (here), or having a prior career in the adult entertainment industry (here).  We previously discussed the Vermont principal who was removed for  expressing her opinion of Black Lives Matter on her personal Facebook page. We also recently discussed the firing of a Michigan coach who expressed support for President Trump. However, this did not begin with the recent protests.  We also discussed a teacher who threatened other teachers who supported police.

I hope that all of the roughly 4000 signatories to the petition in support of Lysenko would oppose his firing even if the controversial statement were flipped.  I doubt that but from a free speech perspective it does not matter. The price of free speech is tolerance for views that we may find offensive or disturbing. Unlike Lysenko, we do “abide” opposing views.  Some may not deserve free speech protections but they are protected nonetheless.

90 thoughts on “New York Assistant Principal Under Fire For Video Screaming “F**K The Police””

  1. What were the opinions of the parents? Besides voting against the school budget. There used to be such a thing as community standards. Not in the public school system. Yet the military has gone from their traditional four letter words are common to banning such…. except for Generals who don’t understand their oath of office.

    1. Ahhhh now I understand NYC so it’s understandable there in Chicago and the west coast cities.

    1. Its N.W.A. 😎

      But have you heard of K.W.A.



      Coming Straught Outta K-Mart . . .

      Its mostly white women, but Karen’s can be anybody. . . .its in the way you act or sound . . . .white, asian, black, or brown.

      It doesn’t matter gal or dude, there all the same, mad and rude.

      They need conflict, love to have a feud, its the game called —— Karens with Attitude.

      You just mind your own business, but theyre coming after you.

      Community patrol, everyone is fair play….

      You’re getting yelled at, unless you do it their way.

      Theyre all insane, not a logical thought.


        1. Good then we can go right ahead with the next four and continue rebuilding our Constitunal Republic and driving out the socialist failures.

  2. As much as someone has a right to speak their mind, they must also realize that if they are in a position of responsibility, it comes with consequences. For too long, we have put up with morons like this guy, and if he’s like this in public, what’s he teaching to his students? What sort of example is he providing?
    No – if he wants to be a vulgar, gutter mouthed radical, let him get a job where he’s not influencing children.

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