Two assistant principals at a Staten Island middle school were fined $25,000 each by the city’s Conflicts of Interest Board yesterday for taking free Six Flags Great Adventure tickets meant for students and diverting them to friends and family. Six Flags gave 370 tickets to an Intermediate School 24 in Great Kills last June—each ticket was stamped "resale of this ticket is strictly prohibited," but that didn't stop the brother of Assistant Principal Derric Borrero from selling them on eBay.
The scam was discovered by a Six Flags employee investigating online bulk sales. After finding the tickets on eBay, he bought a ticket and tracked the serial number back to the school. (Great Adventure says the tickets were intended as gifts for the students who previously purchased tickets.) The tickets had a face value of $60, and Borrero's brother was selling them for half price. DOE investigators tell City Room that the Six Flags employee's wife also called pretending to be an interested ticket buyer, and Borrero's brother told her that he had "more tickets for sale and that he sold them on eBay every year."
Borrero, who makes over $100,000 a year, insists he didn't know his brother was selling the tickets on eBay. He received 75 comp tickets in total, and claims he gave most of the tickets to a friend's Cub Scout troop. Richard Gilberto, another assistant principal at the school, was also fined $25,000 for distributing over 300 free Great Adventure tickets to colleagues and friends. One sixth-grader at the school, where over one third of the students are below the poverty line, tells the Post, "He should get arrested — it’s stealing. It’s wrong. I think it’s unfair he steals and we had to pay $65 a ticket.”