Principal Claims Her Resignation Was Forced After Display Of Naked Sculpture In Classroom

Hope Carrasquilla, a principal from Florida, alleges that she was compelled to resign from her position at Tallahassee Classical School in Leon County due to a complaint about an art class that displayed Michelangelo's "David" sculpture.

Carrasquilla expressed feeling saddened by the way her tenure ended after an emergency board meeting was called to address the issue.

As per the sixth-grade curriculum, the school is obligated to educate students on Renaissance art, which involved studying Michelangelo's "David" sculpture, Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus," and Michelangelo's "The Creation of Adam" fresco painting.

The principal has stated that a miscommunication between herself, the art teacher, and the director of operations resulted in parents not being informed about the subject matter to be covered during the art class.

Carrasquilla told the Tallahassee Democrat that three parents registered complaints after their children were upset by the lesson, with two expressing regret over not receiving prior notification, and the third characterizing the lesson as obscene.

Michelangelo's "David," a sculpture depicting a nude male figure, was sculpted from 1501 to 1504 and is considered by the Galleria dell'Accademia di Firenze museum as a symbol of the strength and independence of the Florentine people.

According to Carrasquilla, the complaints about the art class triggered an ultimatum from Bishop, who presented her with a choice: either resign or be terminated from her position.

The Tallahassee Democrat stated that Bishop confirmed delivering the ultimatum to Carrasquilla, but he did not specify the reason for it.

In a statement released after her resignation, Carrasquilla alleged that Bishop had conveyed his dissatisfaction with her leadership approach, particularly when parents expressed concerns about policies or procedures that were not followed perfectly.

"He was more concerned about litigation and appeasing a small minority of parents, rather than trusting my expertise as an educator for more than 25 years," she said.

Bishop stated that parental rights are the highest and most important. Additionally, he said: "That means protecting the interests of all parents, whether it's one, 10, 20 or 50."

"It's not unusual in new charter schools to go through several principals," Bishop shared.

The parents have been notified that Cara Wynn, who previously worked at North Florida Christian School, will be the new principal. She will be the third principal of the school in the three years since it opened.