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CUNY program chief tweets photo in classroom without pants

The director of a CUNY program that exposes city kids to college classes has apparently done a different kind of exposure — in a pantsless photo posted to social media.

J. Michael Steele, 52, who works with the City University of New York’s Early College Initiative, tweeted a photo on Thursday of a man – who appears to be him – standing in a classroom wearing a striped polo shirt, black sneakers, a face mask and nothing else.

“When it’s hot outside and inside. It’s pom pom shorts time. No children were present for this blackmail photo,” he tweeted.

When contacted by The Post on Saturday, Steele denied the photo was of him. He wouldn’t say who it was and hung up.

Steele has since made his Twitter account private, but a screenshot of the post was tweeted by the LibsoftTikTok account.

“NYC…where you don’t have to wear pants to school as long as you wear the fucking mask,” one person commented.

Steele works with the Early College Initiative at the City University of New York.

Someone else tweeted “There is such a thing as professionalism. Do people not know the appropriate behavior for work environments? Especially those around children?

Steele, a former teacher and principal from Detroit and Massachusetts, works in a CUNY program that supports 20 public colleges and high schools in New York City offering a mix of college-preparatory programs and the opportunity for students to earn credits. academics. The program is for students in grades 6 through 12.

“As an educator, I have learned that children simply want to be supported, appreciated, respected, heard, understood and loved. They want to know that we are human and not spokes of a wheel that takes them nowhere. That’s all. That’s it. This is about them, not me,” Steele wrote on his Linkedin profile.

It does not work directly with students.

“CUNY is committed to providing an appropriate learning environment for all of its students. This message was brought to our attention, then deleted and appropriate action is being taken. As a matter of principle, we do not comment on personnel matters,” said Joseph Tirella, spokesperson for the university.

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