Downtown Principal Removed after Santeria Ceremony

August 10, 2007

Author: Jennifer Milne


A Soho high school principal was removed from her job Aug. 7, following allegations that she engaged in Santeria rituals in the school involving dripping chicken blood on the floors.

Maritza Tamayo, principal at The Unity Center for Urban Technologies, located at 121 Sixth Ave., has been under investigation by the Office of the Special Commissioner of Investigation for the New York City School District since February. An anonymous caller reported several allegations against Tamayo, including Santeria practices that were intended to “calm the students down,” according to a report released yesterday by Special Commissioner of Investigation Richard Condon.