PETITION TO CHARGE AND FIRE WOODLAND HILLS PRINCIPAL, NOT THE STUDENT
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A 14 year old black, disabled student at Woodland Hills High School experienced verbal, emotional and possible physical assault by the principal, Kevin Murray. His attempts to seek protection were disregarded, as is the case with many children that experience abuse, especially those with disabilities. The student made a decision to record his interactions with Principal Murray in order to provide evidence for his claims. Listen here https://youtu.be/eGjrJXN8tAM.
During the recording, in April 2016, Principal Murray can be clearly heard threatening to inflict physical harm upon the student. District Attorney Stephen Zappala refused to charge Principal Murray for his threats against the student. However, Zappala is considering charging the student, the victim, with felony wiretapping for recording the threats made by Principal Murray.
The following September, after being victimized by Principal Murray, the 14 year old student recorded a questionable interrogation about an incident involving one of his friends that occurred off school grounds. The recording occurred only because his request for parental supervision of the interrogation was denied. Zappala did, unjustly, charge the student with felony wiretapping for the September recording of the interrogation without parental consent.
Not only was the principal not charged for the assault and threats, Woodland Hills School District reinstated Kevin Murray to his position, putting students at risk. Woodland Hills School District must prioritize the safety of children, take immediate appropriate action to protect students from future incidents by immediately firing Principal Murray even if he is not charged.
We have a duty to protect our children and to lift up their voices! Woodland Hills School District and D.A. Zappala have grossly failed to do so. Sign the petition to demand the following:
- D.A. Zappala drop the charges against the student
- Zappala reconsider prosecuting Principal Murray
- Woodland Hills School District Superintendent and Board of Education immediately fire Principal Murray
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