Gabriel Mitey: Teacher who lost job for pervy behavior and joined new school under false name fired again

Gabriel Mitey was sacked after New York's Professional Performing Arts School learned that he had a history of inappropriate behavior

Gabriel Mitey: Teacher who lost job for pervy behavior and joined new school under false name fired again
Gabriel Mitey has multiple complaints against him (Snapchat via New York Post)
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MANHATTAN, NEW YORK CITY: A high school teacher who joined a new school under a false name after facing multiple allegations while working at a different institution has now been fired. Gabriel Mitey, who joined the Professional Performing Arts School in Midtown under the name Gabriel Torres, has been fired after his inappropriate behavior toward students came to light.

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Mitey has a history of inappropriate texting, flirting with teens, and posting a near-naked selfie on Snapchat during his time at the Lower Manhattan Arts Academy. Despite being fired from LOMA, he was 'highly recommended' to the 6-12 Professional Performing Arts School. 

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Principal Kevin Ryan released a statement saying, “As of today, Oct 31, Mr Torres is no longer on the PPAS staff, and he will not return to PPAS, nor to any DOE school," reported New York Post. The parents were relieved after the news. “I feel more comfortable now that my daughter is in a school without that potential problem," said a dad to New York Post. “I don’t think anything would have gotten done if it wasn’t for the press. We had to reach out to The New York Post,” the dad continued. Mitey's father is a DOE teacher, and her mother is a Health Department employee who also previously worked at the Lower Manhattan Arts Academy.

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According to the Special Commissioner of Investigation for city schools, there was alleged misconduct in five cases in 2020 and 2021. One of the staffers of LOMA claimed, “After kids came forward with that photo he’d sent through Snapchat, I was shocked that he was ever let back into the classroom, let alone given a glowing recommendation and a new position. The DOE needs to do better.”

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There were two instances reported against the former teacher. One of them was a student who reported that Mitey bullied him while providing remote education and then invited the teen to his residence "for coffee" after graduation. "He basically asked me on a date. I felt so uncomfortable going to his Zoom classes," said the student. Meanwhile, another student, Jolissa Jones, claimed Mitey got her mother's consent to videotape her for a master's degree course before having Jolissa act as though she was having trouble reading on the tape. Jolissa claimed that Mitey sent her flirtatious texts after she graduated, telling her to remove their conversations. "Chat has got to disappear," he wrote. 

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