A NJ high school principal is being investigated for supposedly telling students over the PA system that Native Americans were scalped at an early Thanksgiving. According to the Bergen Record, a purported recording reveals that a man says, "We must very, very, very, very understanding to our Native Americans, who lost and sacrificed because of the scalping that took place on Thanksgiving. They were invited to a dinner, and then their lives were taken from them."

The principal in question, Amod Field at John F. Kennedy Educational Complex in Paterson, NJ, told the Record, "There's been altered tapes sent out" and that he only recalled telling students to "remember the need to be sensitive about what took place" during an early Thanksgiving and that "lives were lost."

He said in the second interview he did not recall using the word "scalping" in the school announcement, but he cited several websites — including a blog post titled "The Truth About Scalping" on the Tumblr site Rarely in History — that he said offered evidence that Native Americans were scalped at the second Thanksgiving.

The Rarely in History Tumblr site has this quote:

In 1641, the Dutch governor of Manhattan offered the first scalp bounty; a common practice in many European countries. This was broadened by the Puritans to include a bounty for Natives fit to be sold for slavery. The Dutch and Puritans joined forces to exterminate all Natives from New England, and village after village fell. Following an especially successful raid against the Pequot in what is now Stamford, Connecticut, the churches of Manhattan announced a day of “thanksgiving” to celebrate victory over the heathen savages. This was the 2nd Thanksgiving. During the feasting, the hacked off heads of Natives were kicked through the streets of Manhattan like soccer balls.

However, this seems to be heavily paraphrased/borrowed from a 2005 book, Indians in the Americas: The Untold Story, which doesn't put the 1641 scalp bounty in the context of any feast. Also, the first Thanksgiving was held in 1621.

While treatment of Native Americans during colonial times was beyond atrocious at times, Daniel Richter, director of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, tells the Record that no one was killed at the first Thanksgiving in 1621, "There are several well-documented occasions on which colonists invited native people to share a meal and then murdered them, but I am not aware of any connection to what might be called a Thanksgiving feast."

Field said, "There's different variations in history. My thing is about being informative to young people. … I stand for love and caring of people of all kinds." Will he bring up Tofurkey—as seen on Tumblr—during next year's PA announcement?