The city’s Department of Education ripped a special education teacher from a Manhattan school after parents and students learned he had a the story of texting inappropriately, flirting with teenagers and posting an almost naked selfie – under a different name.
Gabriel Mitey, 28, became “highly recommended” at 6-12 Professional Performing Arts School in Midtown while taking the name “Gabriel Torres.”
The DOE ousted Mitey on Monday after The Post published a front page story on subterfuge.
“Effective today, October 31, Mr. Torres is no longer on staff at PPAS, and he will not be returning to PPAS, or any DOE school,” Principal Kevin Ryan said in a memo. families, citing “a considerable amount”. worry” about the teacher.
The news relieved the parents.
“I feel more comfortable now that my daughter is in a school without this potential issue,” one father said.
The DOE sent Mitey to PPAS last April when Ryan said he needed a specialty teacher. He later told his parents that the DOE cheated on him and his hands were tied.
“I don’t think anything would have been done without the press. We had to contact the New York Post,” the father said.
Mitey, whose father is a DOE teacher and mother a health department employee, previously worked at the Lower Manhattan Arts Academy. He was the subject of five investigations for alleged misconduct in 2020 and 2021, according to the Special Investigating Commissioner for City Schools.
The SCI, which referred two cases to the DOE, did not release any findings. The DOE has not answered any questions about Mitey — including whether it will seek to fire him or keep him on the city’s payroll.
A LOMA staff member said Mitey should have been fired after students first confided their discomfort to the teacher. The students spoke to investigators, showing Mitey’s text messages and the bathroom selfie in which a towel barely covered his groin.
“After the kids showed up with this photo he sent via Snapchat, I was shocked he was ever let into the classroom, let alone a glowing recommendation and a new position,” said the staff member. “The DOE needs to do better.”