Campbell Park Elementary principal apologizes for racially insensitive email

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The new principal of a predominantly black elementary school is apologizing after emailing her staff that white students should be in the same class.

Christine Hoffman sent the email last Tuesday to the staff at Campbell Park Elementary School. According to the Tampa Bay Times, she was setting criteria for setting up classes for next year. Also included were instructions that classes should have a mix of reading levels, an equal number of boys and girls and no more than two children with disciplinary problems. Of the school’s 606 students, 49 are white.

Hoffman sent emails and letters to both her staff and parents apologizing, saying she will learn from her mistake. The Pinellas County School District says it is developing a corrective plan for Hoffman.

The NAACP called the email baffling.