A high school assistant principal has recorded himself saying 'f*** the police' after telling cops 'what a s***y a*** job they were doing' during the Rochester protests.
Steven Lysenko, a ninth-grade teacher at Spencerport High School, posted the clip on Facebook Live amid ongoing demonstrations over the the death of black man Daniel Prude, who lost consciousness after police held a hood over his head.
Lysenko tells viewers he has been on a peaceful protest when 'our peacekeepers ended up shooting pepper spray at us for singing and chanting and telling them what a s***y a*** job they were doing'.
He added: 'They can f*** right off America. F*** the police. F*** Rochester police department. Thank you.'
After the footage went viral over the weekend the school district posted to Twitter Saturday to apologize and say it 'will be addressed as a confidential, personnel matter'.
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Steven Lysenko, a ninth-grade teacher at Spencerport High School, posted the clip on Facebook Live amid ongoing demonstrations over the the death of Prude
The video sparked outrage among some, with one Twitter user, Jeff Belles, writing: 'Any Spencerport student with a similar rant on social media would have consequences. This is not respectful and encourages hate. Fire him.'
@Mindfullyrude wrote: 'This man is inciting and expressing hate towards law enforcement. Shame on him. Hateful individuals should not be allowed around children.'
But a petition to keep Lysenko at the school had more than 3,500 signatures as of Sunday afternoon.
Black Lives Matter protesters march in downtown Rochester Saturday night
Rochester Police use pepper spray Saturday night. Lysenko tells viewers he has been on a peaceful protest when 'our peacekeepers ended up shooting pepper spray at us for singing and chanting and telling them what a s***y a*** job they were doing'
Lysenko, who describes himself as a 'Husband, Father, Child, Advocate for Social Justice, Educator, Child of God', has been vocal on social media about the Black Lives Matter movement.
In June he wrote: 'To any students-past or present-who follow me here: know that when you post '#WhiteLivesMatter, you are condoning White Supremacy. In that I will not abide!'
He earlier apologized on Facebook for using 'police-centric and police-friendly language'.
Spencerport Schools said in their statement on Twitter: 'As we have stated consistently and clearly, Spencerport Central School District stands in solidarity in support of racial equality and systemic change.
'We remain committed to this change, and want all of our families to know we further stand in solidarity with peaceful protesters. However, when a District employee uses language in public or on social media that does not align with our Code of Conduct or demonstrate appropriate role modeling for students, that is something that we will not condone. These statements by our administrator have caused disruption within our school community.
'We apologize to our students, parents and community that you had to hear this language from one of