SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A rally was held outside of West Campus High School in Sacramento on Tuesday. Students and community members gathered to call for action against the students who allegedly used derogatory language and violence towards the school’s Black vice principal.
Demands from the crowd were simple. First, punish the students involved in racist violent actions aimed at Vice Principal Dr. Elysse Versher. The second demand was to fire Principal John McMeekin, who attended the rally but refused to speak.READ MORE: Dramatic Price Drop At Pump Draws Drivers To Galt Gas Station
“Tomorrow, you line up and you ask the questions to your principal since he doesn’t want to come up and answer them today,” said Voice of the Youth founder Berry Accius.
The final demand was to support a Black student union and hire more Black teachers
“How many Black teachers are at West Campus? Zero!” Accius exclaimed at the rally.
CBS13 first interviewed Dr. Versher last week after racist and violent threats were made to her in front of her parking spot and on social media. The actions were carried out by her own students.
“This was the first time in my career that students have been emboldened enough to call me a Black [n-word],” she said.READ MORE: Jewelry Store Owner Says Suspects Stole 300K Worth of Merchandise
For the first time Tuesday and after our repeated requests for an interview, Sacramento City Unified School District Superintendent Jorge Aguilar released a statement on the matter by way of a polished video.
“We’re deeply upset with what has transpired within our district family,” Aguilar said.
He then showed up at the rally promising action.
“We are not going to tolerate any kind of racism, any kind of hatred not just on this campus but any campus,” Aguilar said.
Black student union member and West Campus junior Naveah Turk is still fearful to walk through the school’s doors – hoping the students responsible for hate are caught.
“The fact that they’re targeting her, they’re targeting us,” Turk said.MORE NEWS: Armed Robbers Steal $300K Worth Of Items From Jeweler In South Sacramento
CBS13 did ask what repercussions could look like for students who are caught. Aguilar said, for the school, suspensions and expulsions are possible, and for the police investigation, criminal charges could be considered.