Sacramento NAACP Calls for Resignations and Investigation after Vice-Principal Subjected to Racial Hatred by Students

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Sacramento NAACP President Betty Williams at West Campus High School in support of Vice-Principal Dr. Elysee Versher on November 12, 2021.(Photo by Robert J Hansen)

By Robert J. Hansen

Sacramento CA – The Sacramento NAACP and other supporters of Dr. Elysse Versher, the West Campus High School vice principal targeted by acts of racism and hatred by students, called for a criminal investigation into the matter.

Sacramento NAACP President Betty Williams demanded the resignation of Principal John McKeekin who she says has overlooked the racism Dr. Versher has experienced for the last three years.

“The Greater Sacramento NAACP is demanding criminal charges against any students referencing Dr. Versher,” Williams said.

Versher explained to the NAACP IN her complaint form, that for the past three years she had been subject to overt racist and aggressive behavior from students and parents according to Williams.

“It’s horrific but I’m gonna say it. Students referred to her as Black n****, Black b****, Black Hitler and writing n**** five times on the wall near the vice principal’s parking space,” Williams said.

Williams said that the principal and administration told Versher when she went to them for help, that students have the right to write those words on the wall.

“It wasn’t until the community came together and said ‘we have had enough’” Williams said.

Williams said that Superintendent Jorge Aguilar has not implemented the policies already in place to prevent incidents such as these from occurring.

“Why are you waiting for a crisis to happen?” Williams said. “I’m asking for a full investigation.”

Toni Tinker, vice chair of the African American Advisory Board (AAAB) for Sacramento City Unified School District, said the AAAB is taking swift action to effect immediate change regarding the most recent of many incidents of racial amd emboldened attacks towards students, families, staff and administrators of African decent,” Tinker said.

“There’s a lot of damage and a lot of brokenness that has come along the way,” Tinker said.

Tinker said this culture is not necessarily due to Superintendent Aguilar who is not a Sacramento native and stepped into this environment but that Principal McKeekin is culpable for this situation.

“Where did it go once this principal knew? He didn’t take any actions to protect the vice principal. So here we are,” Tinker said.

McMeekin sent a letter on Tuesday to parents and families of West Campus students alerting them of the incidents. “We have much work to do as a community in order to heal from this,” McMeekin wrote in the letter.

Darryl White, representative of the Black Parallel School Board (BPSB), said incidents of racial hatred and discrimination are not new and have happened many times in recent years.

The BPSB is a community organization developed to work parallel to the Sacramento City Unified District Board of Education.

“White parents have always negotiated their discipline if they did not like the suspension or possible expulsion, regardless of what their kids did. They have routinely pushed back i’m the principal and VP in charge of that discipline,” White said.

Parents in the community too often are silent on the actions of their children and is an attitude that the community has embraced which has created an “exclusive environment,” translating to privilege.

“Exclusive environments translate to privilege. People believe they are privileged and those that are privileged think they can do anything they want,” White said.

White said that white students overwhelmingly really discuss race at home compared to minority students who discuss race at home daily or once a week.

“White parents of this community are going to have to, for the first time, take some responsibility for what their kids say and do,” White said

CEO of the California Black Chamber of Commerce, Jay King, said the entire community needs to come “eyeball to eyeball with the truth.”

“It’s difficult for us to be human with people that we don’t necessarily understand. More than the problem, the solution sits right here today. We have to get to the space where we can have an honest conversation where we can talk about the things that we like and dislike about each other,” King said. “But today we have to have that honest conversation.”

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11 thoughts on “Sacramento NAACP Calls for Resignations and Investigation after Vice-Principal Subjected to Racial Hatred by Students”

  1. Keith Olson

    “It’s horrific but I’m gonna say it. Students referred to her as Black n****, Black b****, Black Hitler and writing n**** five times on the wall near the vice principal’s parking space,” Williams said.

    Williams said that the principal and administration told Versher when she went to them for help, that students have the right to write those words on the wall.

    I find it hard to believe that any school principal or administration in today’s environment would ever say that “students have the right to write those words on the wall”.  Was the principal and/or administration asked about this?  If so, what was their response?  If not, why were they not asked?

    White said that white students overwhelmingly really discuss race at home compared to minority students who discuss race at home daily or once a week.

    Is really supposed to be rarely?

    How does Mr. White know what white parents or students discuss in their homes?

     

     

     

     

    1. Keith Olson

      How does Mr. White know what white parents or students discuss in their homes?

      Okay, I just watched the video and I see where Mr. White came up with this assessment.

      1. hansenrobj

        First: And btw, thanks for asking. The BPSB routinely goes to colleges and other schools to talk to students. One question they ask is how often is race discussed at home by show of hands. Daily, weekly or rarely to never. He said most white students raise their hands rarely to never.

        Is it a perfect poll with recorded data? Of course not. Is the sample size robust enough to have a high degree of confidence? Perhaps, perhaps not. To your point, there are plenty of white families that do discuss race regularly but not enough. And some clearly discus race if they are that comfortable using the N-word towards an educator.

        Irrespective of that, there is clearly a racial problem in Sacramento schools because this is not an isolated incident.

         

        Second: Unfortunately that was indeed the principals response according to Dr. Versher

        Third: yes rarely not really, my mistake.

         

      2. Ron Oertel

        Second: Unfortunately that was indeed the principals response according to Dr. Versher

        Not what was asked.

        Here’s the question again, for you:

        I find it hard to believe that any school principal or administration in today’s environment would ever say that “students have the right to write those words on the wall”.  Was the principal and/or administration asked about this?  If so, what was their response?  If not, why were they not asked?

         

        1. Ron Oertel

          If one were to believe this story, the principal and other administrators would say something like,

          “Yes – of course we allow students to write racist comments on a wall, directed at a vice principal.  What of it? I’m failing to see the problem, here.”

          Sounds feasible.

        2. Ron Oertel

          Maybe the Vanguard can follow up on this story and reach out to the principal and other administrators.

          Nice to see that you haven’t lost your sense of humor.

          By the way, why would anyone automatically assume that it was white kids who wrote that stuff (in regard to the rest of the “content” of this article)?

          About the only thing I believe from this is that racist names were written on a wall, and that the vice principal uses social media.

          I decided to look this up in other media, and it appears to be a reaction to some kind of dress code that the vice principal has been enforcing.

        3. hansenrobj

          You asked if the principal really said that which he did. It was his response when this issue was brought to his attention by Dr. Versher.  He has looked the other way.

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