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Santeria costs principal her job

August 08, 2007|From Times Wire Reports

A public school principal accused of paying a woman to sprinkle chicken blood on the high school in an attempt to cleanse it of negative energy will be fired, the Department of Education said.

Maritza Tamayo, principal of the Unity Center for Urban Technologies, paid Gilda Fonte to lead several Santeria religious rituals at the Manhattan school during midwinter break in 2006, when students were not present, according to Richard J. Condon, the special commissioner of investigation for New York City schools.

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