WOODLAND HILLS—An English teacher at El Camino Real Charter High School was threatened after wearing an “I CAN’T BREATHE” shirt during her first Zoom class of the returning semester on August 10.
A father of one of students took a screenshot of the teacher who allegedly was spending class time discussing the political issues across the nation. The shirt is in reference to the last words of George Floyd, a Minneapolis man who was killed while in police custody on May 25.
This is a LAUSD English teacher on a zoom call wearing an “I can’t breath shirt”
teaching her students about “racial injustice & fixing the corrupt system”
A concerned father reached out to me because his daughter was not being taught English in her online English class pic.twitter.com/EPiBU53Lzn
— ELIJAH RIOT (@ElijahSchaffer) August 16, 2020
The teacher has received threats across all social media platforms for her course curriculum choices, which according to a GoFundMe started by another teacher, Kyna Collins, she changed her course to be more inclusive:
“The parent posted the teacher’s picture online, along with criticism of her syllabus which she had worked hard to decolonize and make anti-racist. Parents quickly started circulating the post on Facebook and other social media sites, specifically many known alt-right white supremacist groups, where it became a witch-hunt to get her fired and revoke her credential for pushing political viewpoints. People started flooding her email with nasty messages and threatened her safety. The teacher has been threatened through numerous emails and social media posts and has had to re-locate for the safety of herself, her daughter, and her pets.”
El Camino Real also showed support for the teacher and the movement by holding a rally in support of Black Lives Matter on August 26.
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We’re at #ElCaminoReal Charter High School fighting for #Teachers who stand for #BlackLivesMatter. AMAZING to see so many students fighting for #Desegregation of Education! The future is BRIGHT! ✨ We will have an El Camino High teacher speaking at our CommUNITY Day on Sunday at noon. Please join us! RSVP and Info is here: http://wvpeople.org/unity/ #ECR #BLMEducation
The teacher filed a restraining order on August 24 with the Van Nuys Courthouse East and stated in the petition she has not “felt safe enough to go home since 8/18/20.” For the safety of the teacher, her name is not being reported to the public.