Earlier today, day three of the L.A. teachers strike, a video circulated on social media of a woman believed to be a Los Angeles Unified School District employee engaged in a heated exchange with striking teachers outside South Gate Middle School. “Build the wall,” she said from inside her car, “all of you guys wouldn’t be here.”
The video, which has been viewed more than 50,000 times on Twitter, quickly went viral as users attempted to identify the woman so they could report her to the district.
— lizette (@lizettechavez__) January 16, 2019
(A longer version of the video can be viewed here.)
At 3:50 p.m., LAUSD acknowledged the video, tweeting, “We’re aware of an incident that took place at a school in South Gate. […] The employee has been removed from her assigned campus.”
We're aware of an incident that took place at a school in South Gate. This behavior is inexcusable and directly contradicts the mission and values of @LASchools. The employee has been removed from her assigned campus. LA Unified is conducting an investigation into the incident.
— L.A. Unified (@LASchools) January 16, 2019
When asked if the district had received any complaints about employees hassling UTLA demonstrators, a spokesperson replied via email with a statement similar to the one shared on social media: “This behavior is inexcusable and directly contradicts the mission and values of the Los Angeles Unified School District. The employee has been removed from the assigned campus. Los Angeles Unified is conducting a full investigation into the incident.”
On Twitter, people weren’t satisfied with that course of action. One user said, “I hope you mean suspended until whatever red tape is done in order for her to be fired.”
Removed from her assigned campus? I hope you mean suspended until whatever red tape is done in order for her to be fired. She was openly and unapologetically racist. This is why #LAUSDteachersstrike. The district is completely mismanaged.
— Laura (@lcoatl) January 17, 2019
Other videos of tense interactions between LAUSD employees and teachers surfaced on social media today. The strike moves into its fourth day tomorrow.
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