Natomas Unified takes action to fire teacher with Antifa flag in class – CBS Sacramento
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – The Natomas Unified School District said it was taking action to fire the teacher put on paid leave after he was allegedly caught on camera saying he kept an Antifa flag in his classroom and encouraged students to protest .
The district said it was taking the next legally required steps to put the teacher on unpaid leave and remove him from the staff.
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Right-wing organization Project Veritas filmed and edited the video which they claim shows Gabriel Gipe, a government teacher at Inderkum High School, having a controversial conversation off campus.
“I have 180 days to turn them into revolutionaries,” Gipe reportedly said in the video, and later continued, “I have an Antifa flag on my wall. A student complained about it and said it made them Well, that’s supposed to make the fascists uncomfortable, I don’t know what to tell you.
The district said evidence gathered so far shows that “the teacher violated the district’s political action guidelines.” All signs and posters were reportedly removed from the classroom and the district said it believed the best course to rebuild the learning environment was a fresh start.
“There is no excuse for communism on American soil,” explained David Aria, resident of Natomas. “The director, the deputy director and the board have to go. “
Frustrated families flood the Natomas school board meeting on Wednesday in search of immediate action. Dozens of angry parents are concerned about what their students are being taught.
“Not only must his dismissal take effect immediately, but I believe a criminal investigation must take place,” a relative said during a public comment.
“It doesn’t start and end with him. It has been activated for years. Complaints were filed and nothing was done, ”said parent Richard Gilbert.
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Parents like Monique Hokman are calling for a full teacher and district investigation and policy changes. Parents are also concerned about Gipe’s claims that he is not the only teacher teaching his views in the classroom.
“I have a problem with people teaching our kids things without our knowledge,” Hokman said. “The one teacher is not just the problem, we would like to see measures that will protect all of our children now and all who come forward in the future.”
The classroom controversy came to a screeching halt amid public commentary. An attorney representing the district said the meeting was suspended due to lack of decorum and would be postponed to a later date.
Council members left the meeting at the back of the building. The council’s actions prompted some meeting attendees to chase after them, leaving parents still looking for action.
“It really comes down to accountability, which oversees the classrooms,” one parent asked.
Gipe also reportedly bought rubber stamps depicting Josef Stalin, Fidel Castro and Kim Jung Un, among others, with insensitive phrases. The district said it discovered that Gipe used the stamps to mark student work on at least 13 different days.
About 100 people attended a school board meeting Wednesday night to protest and gather public comment.
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The parents demanded a full investigation and the dismissal of Gipe. They also called for a change in district policy to prevent this from happening again.