The principal of a Brooklyn charter school has been exposed as a liar partially thanks to his past false claims to be in the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. Lewis Franklin Thomas III's resume is reportedly littered with lies and inaccuracies.
Reports the NY Post:
Brooklyn charter-school principal Lewis Franklin Thomas III has been booted from education jobs in three other cities after a string of résumé falsehoods — which were first exposed in Cleveland in 2005 after he claimed he was a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity but couldn't do the handshake, the education news site Chalkbeat reported.
And while Thomas has deleted the fictitious frat membership from his bio — and no longer claims, as he did in Cleveland, that he had held staff jobs with Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton — other apparent lies and exaggerations still riddle his online bio at the Urban Dove Team Charter School in Bed-Stuy.
Back in 2006, news broke of Thomas' various false claims after he failed on two separate occasions to perform the secret Alpha Phi Alpha handshake with a genuine fraternity member.
A 2006 story in the Cleveland Plain Dealer said Thomas was fired from his job at the Cleveland Arts and Social Sciences Academy after his botching of the black fraternity's handshake prompted Goler to start digging.
Goler found Thomas had invented a doctorate and a master's degree and claimed to have been a principal at a DC school where he had merely been a teacher.
“I went to hug him, grip him, and show him some love as one Alpha man to another Alpha man,” Goler told the Plain Dealer. “I tried that two separate times, but he just didn't get it.”
Thomas has denied the claims against him. Why does this perpetrator still have his job, though?
Photo: Urban Dove Team Charter