A high school principal has been placed on administrative leave following insensitive comments she made on her personal Facebook page following the death of Kobe Bryant last week.
Camas High School Principal Liza Sejkora wrote, then deleted, “Not gonna lie, seems to me that karma caught up with a rapist today.”
She later followed that up with an attempted explanation. “You are free to judge me for the post just as I am free to judge the person the post was about,” she wrote in a separate post.
Following intense backlash from the community, Sejorka was planed on leave by the superintendent. “In light of threats to Dr. Liza Sejkora and concern from our community, Dr. Sejkora has been placed on administrative leave,” a statement read.
Students at the school planned a walkout on Wednesday in protest of the principal’s comments.
“It’s just really insensitive. There’s no real position for her to say that. Especially when she’s in such a place of power that she is right now. She represents the school and that’s how everyone’s gonna see this town and this school,” senior Adam Hoteit told KWG8 .
“Saying things, you should watch what you post because you know you might get backfire and that’s what happened in this situation. It just backfired pretty hard,” senior Dorian Dahdli added.
This was Dr. Sejkora’s full letter of apology to students and families:
You may be aware that a copy of a social media post I made on my personal Facebook page is circulating digitally in our community. Today, I apologized to my staff, and now I apologize to you.
On January 26 after news broke Kobe Bryant’s death, I made a comment to my private social media which was a personal, visceral reaction. I want to apologize for suggesting that a person’s death is deserved. It was inappropriate and tasteless. Further, I apologize for the disruption it caused to our learning environment today.
In education, we remind students to think before they post online, especially when feelings are inflamed. We also teach our students about context. My emotions and past experiences got the best of me in that moment. We also teach our students that what we share online has permanency.
While what I wrote was posted on a private Facebook account to people who are my friends and was quickly removed, I acknowledge that private does not always mean private. I love being principal at Camas High School. We have tremendous students, staff, and community. I’ve learned an important lesson and I hope that I can earn your trust back.