Sacramento school administrator concerned about status of crime investigation against her

A Sacramento deputy principal who has been the target of social media threats and racially derogatory statements is concerned about the current status of the case involving those responsible for a hate crime against her. There have been at least five separate instances of racist graffiti discovered on Sacramento City Unified School campuses in less than a year. | MORE | ‘No place for hate speech’: SCUSD investigates after racial slurs found written in school gymnasium I’m not at all surprised at the frequency of racism we’ve seen, racist graffiti we’ve seen saw on our school sites,” she said. Versher told KCRA 3 about the racism she experienced at West Campus in November 2021 as well as the other instances of racist graffiti KCRA 3 has reported, including at Not surprisingly, Kit Carson Elementary, McClathy High School, Lincoln Elementary — and most recently this month at Rosemont High School — “Officials want to send a message,” she said. people who investigators believe are responsible for the crimes at three of the schools have been identified and face charges and/or school sanctions, Versher fears the incident targeting her remains unresolved.” This testifies to the level of privilege with respect to the students. students and whose children are enrolled at West Campus. An effort to keep privileged students unnamed and unaccountable,” she said. When contacted about the West Campus incident, a Sacramento City Unified School District spokesperson referred KCRA 3 to a March 7 statement that they “continue to work with the Sacramento Police Department on an ongoing investigation into a separate incident of racism that occurred at West Campus last fall. This remains an open and active investigation. They have released photos asking for the public’s help in identify three people. However, during our emotional interview, Versher said that the hurtful comments over the years have taken their toll at the expense of constant harassment at work. I’m tired,” she said Versher is still employed by the district, but after having had a number of crises she is on sick leave from her position. . . “We want change. I don’t want to have to keep bringing these lawsuits against the same district because they refused to act, but if they keep refusing to act, more lawsuits will be filed,” said attorney Rodney Diggs. The district has denied all claims and liabilities related to the civil case.During his interview with the new Sacramento police chief on Friday, Ty Steele asked new chief Kathy Lester what the department was doing specifically to solving the hate crime on West Campus so we posted a video, and again if I had the chance I would definitely ask for the public’s help on this one because we need feedback and would like to get additional information for follow-up, but this case is still open,” she said.

A Sacramento deputy principal who has been the target of social media threats and racially derogatory statements is concerned about the current status of the case involving those responsible for a hate crime against her.

There have been at least five separate instances of racist graffiti discovered on Sacramento City Unified School campuses in less than a year.

| MORE | ‘No place for hate speech’: SCUSD investigates after racial slurs found written in school gymnasium

Most of the cases have been solved, but at least one, the one involving Elysse Versher, the vice principal of West Campus High School, has not.

“I’m not at all surprised at the frequency of the racism that we’ve seen, the racist graffiti that we’ve seen on our school sites,” she said.

Versher told KCRA 3 about the racism she experienced at West Campus in November 2021 as well as the other instances of racist graffiti KCRA 3 has reported, including at Kit Carson Elementary, McClathy High School, Lincoln Elementary — and most recently this month at Rosemont High School — is not shocking.

“The officials want to send a message,” she said.

While the people who investigators believe are responsible for the crimes at three of the schools have been identified and face charges and/or school sanctions, Versher fears the incident against her remains unsolved. .

“It speaks to the level of privilege with respect to students and whose children are enrolled at West Campus. An effort to keep privileged students unnamed and held accountable,” she said.

When contacted about the West Campus incident, a Sacramento City Unified School District spokesperson referred KCRA 3 to a March 7 statement that they “continue to work with the Sacramento Police Department on an ongoing investigation into a separate incident of racism that occurred at West Campus last fall.It remains an open and active investigation.

In its statement from December last year, the Sacramento Police Department said the Bias Crimes Task Force was investigating.

They posted photos asking for the public’s help in identifying three people.

However, during our emotional interview, Versher said the hurtful comments over the years have taken their toll.

“I’m literally fighting for my life at this point and the lives of my children at this point. It’s painful because I love my job, but not at the expense of constant harassment at work. I’m tired” , she said.

Versher is still employed by the district, but after having a number of seizures she is on sick leave from her position.

She now has a lawyer and is filing a civil suit.

“We want change. I don’t want to have to keep bringing these lawsuits against the same district because they refused to act, but if they keep refusing to act, more lawsuits will be filed,” he said. said attorney Rodney Diggs.

The district has denied all claims and liabilities related to the civil case.

During his interview with the new Sacramento Police Chief on Friday, Ty Steele asked new Chief Kathy Lester what the department was doing specifically to address the hate crime at West Campus.

“We actually have an open investigation, and we’ve actually asked for the public’s help in this regard. So we released a video, and again, if given the opportunity, I would definitely ask for the help of the public on this one because we do need information and would like to have additional information for follow-up, but this case is still open,” she said.

Martha K. Merrill