JERSEY CITY, NJ (PIX11) -- Superintendent of Jersey City schools, Dr. Charles Epps, is now in a lot of trouble with parents and students for comments he made about “young ladies” on Wednesday.
During a meeting with other ministers on the budget for policing schools, Epps reportedly said, "Our worst enemy is the young ladies. The young ladies are bad. I don't know what they're drinking today, but they're bad."
"It was taken out of context and I love young ladies," said Epps in an emergency press conference called Thursday afternoon in his office.
Later, while talking about volunteer mentors from JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs, Epps also reportedly said, "They've signed up to help even the dirty, nasty, bad kids."
"That is so offensive,” said mother of two Kimberly Wilson. "He should be out of office."
Epps spent Thursday trying to do damage control, adding, "Absolutely, I apologize. They are not bad. They are confused."
Epps, the Superintendent of Jersey City schools for eleven years now, says he has a daughter and he meant no harm. Epps oversees 28,000 students, and claims he has received a lot of support from parents, especially on his Facebook page.