Sacramento school administrator and NAACP respond to racist graffiti attack

The Greater Sacramento NAACP calls for accountability of the Sacramento City Unified School District after a staff member said he suffered racist attacks from members of the student community and parents at West Campus High. “It’s horrible,” said Betty Williams, president of the Greater Sacramento NAACP. “They called her ‘Black (expletive),’ ‘Black (expletive),’ ‘Black Hitler’, and wrote ‘(expletive)’ five times on the wall near her parking spot.” Sacramento Police are currently investigating the matter as a hate crime. “It looks like an act of treason,” said deputy director Elysse Versher. “Total shock. My heart was broken. Devastated. Confused. Angry.” Versher told KCRA 3 that she loved her campus community, but was fed up with only feeling her voice. was not heard. “There is a culture where racism exists and privileges exist,” said Versher, who added that the harassment has been going on for three years since she started working at the school. She said the students called her derogatory names and the parents threatened her. Someone even punctured her car’s tires in her first year on the job, she said. Versher said she tried to report to HR several times. “There has been no meaningful follow-up, if any follow-up,” she added. “It’s not one-off. It reflects a culture where racism is there, despite all the great people who work at the West Campus, who study there as students.” “It’s mind boggling some kids would do that here,” said Ashley Jennings, a West Campus graduate last year. “It bothers me. Just because she disciplines children doesn’t mean she should be subjected to hate crimes.” “We love her, we support her,” added former student Karina Vasquez, who now attends Sacramento State. The NAACP is calling for criminal charges to be laid against the students involved. KCRA 3 has contacted the Sacramento Unified School District for comment. A spokesperson said on Friday morning that they would work on a response.

The Greater Sacramento NAACP calls for accountability of the Sacramento City Unified School District after a staff member said he suffered racist attacks from members of the student community and parents at West Campus High.

“It’s horrible,” said Betty Williams, president of the Greater Sacramento NAACP. “They called her ‘Black (expletive),’ Black (expletive), ‘Black Hitler’ and wrote ‘(expletive)’ five times on the wall near her parking spot.”

Sacramento Police are currently investigating the matter as a hate crime.

“It looks like an act of treason,” said deputy director Elysse Versher. “Total shock. My heart was broken. Devastated. Confused. Angry.”

Versher told KCRA 3 that she loved the community on her campus, but was tired of feeling like her voice was not being heard.

“There is a culture where racism exists and privileges exist,” said Versher, who added that the harassment has been going on for three years since she started working at the school.

She said the students called her derogatory names and the parents threatened her. Someone even punctured her car’s tires in her first year on the job, she said. Versher said she tried to report to HR several times.

“There has been no meaningful follow-up, if any follow-up,” she added. “It’s not one-off. It reflects a culture where racism is there, despite all the great people who work at West Campus, who study there as students.”

“It’s mind-boggling that some kids do that here,” said Ashley Jennings, a West Campus graduate last year. “It bothers me. Just because she disciplines children doesn’t mean she should be a victim of hate crimes.”

“We love her, we support her,” added former student Karina Vasquez, who now attends Sacramento State.

The NAACP is calling for criminal charges to be laid against the students involved. KCRA 3 has contacted the Sacramento Unified School District for comment. A spokesperson said on Friday morning that they would work on a response.

Martha K. Merrill