Expulsion for Redwood Student

Expulsion for Redwood Student

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Jillian Garcia started this petition to Redwood High School and

 

"Racism is the "normal" by Calley Cederlof

Please join us in our fight for an anti-racist and anti-ableist learning environment and sign this petition. The student of interest, is implicated in a history of both racial and ableist bullying and racially insensitive social media activity. She recently shared a Snapchat video of her explicitly using the “N-word”, a derogatory racist word used towards African Americans  (link to the video will be provided).  In light of these recent developments, we ask that be expelled from Redwood Highschool and make a formal apology to students she has harmed. Visalia Unified School District has turned a blind eye to the racial harassment minority students endure, and their pleas for measures to further prevent this behavior have continuously fallen on deaf ears. This is one of many incidents, seeing as the ACLU has intervened themselves by filing discrimination complaints on the behalf of black students, of the Visalia Unified School District.


Enforcing our existing zero-tolerance policy regarding racism on school campuses is a must when it has not been practiced on the Redwood High School campus. We expect school staff and administration to file a report to begin an investigation in all discriminatory incidents that violate Section Code 19800 in the California Education Code and to hold staff accountable when there is a lack thereof. We demand administering staff sensitivity training to bridge racial understandings between staff and the student body to foster empathetic and healthy relationships. Furthermore, we expect our demands to be implemented in all schools under the Visalia Unified School District. 


Submitting to the following demands sends the message to our non-white students that their rights to go to school without feeling profiled and inferior to their peers are recognized. It sends the message that every student’s mental health and capacity to perform well in a caring and safe school environment matters to the Visalia Unified School District. As former students of color of this district, we have experienced and witnessed racial inequality and ableism from the student body. To hear that nothing has changed is nothing short of an outrage. Those within the district that feel compelled to shamelessly exhibit their bigotry should not be under the impression that they are able to do so without serious consequences.


With recent racist occurrences in Visalia, such as the publicly shared anti-semitic remarks by Correctional Officer Matt Sanchez and the car incident of two protestors intentionally struck by Trump supporters, our community needs to do more to challenge adversity.


Therefore, we call on Matt Shin, Principal of Redwood Highschool,  and Superintendent Tamara Ravalin, to follow through with our demands and send the message to schools within the community that there is no place for hate.


Thank you,


Former Students of Visalia Unified School District and concerned community members

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