NYC Queens College official charged with Asian racial slurs

Queen College’s acting head of security allegedly made a racist remark about the college’s president and disparaged other ethnic groups, according to an online petition and sources.

Deborah Huggins, a campus police lieutenant recently named acting director of public safety, reportedly made the comment about Frank Wu, who was named head of the college in April 2020, the first Asian American to serve the post.

Huggins, referring to Wu’s 12th floor office, reportedly said, “Corona on the 12th. Gotta get my nails done by the ch–ks,” according to a staff member who heard the remark.

Huggins, who is black, also told Muslim employees not to wear their hats and said some ethnic groups weren’t allowed to use the microwave because the smell of their cooking was ‘offensive’ for her, the staffer said.

A former Queens College security guard, who is Hispanic, said Huggins made a disparaging remark to him after he was called into the office by someone else, saying, “I hate house rats.” He said she seemed to inexplicably object to his presence.

Deborah Huggins, a campus police lieutenant, is accused of calling President Frank Wu a “ch-k”.

Yet, he said, she would also ask the guards, including him, to leave their posts to come to the office to help her with her college classes.

The current and former staffer said they reported Huggins’ conduct to college officials and no action was taken. The college is part of the public City University of New York system.

The change.org petition calls on the college to bring back its former director of security, Anastasia Koutsidis, claiming she was “unfairly” branded a racist for her handling of an earlier incident. Tensions reportedly increased at school after a swastika and “KKK Lives!” were found scratched on a bulletin board in January.

Koutsidis declined to comment.

“I have no comments,” Huggins told the Post.

A college spokeswoman said Huggins “brings 26 years of extensive college experience to her position.” She declined to comment on the petition or personnel issues.

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