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McClatchy High School teachers summoned to office over student walkout

See the McClatchy High student walkout over handling of sexual harassment cases

Hundreds of McClatchy High School students in Sacramento walked out of classes on March 21, 2018, to protest how the administration deals with sexual harassment claims.
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Hundreds of McClatchy High School students in Sacramento walked out of classes on March 21, 2018, to protest how the administration deals with sexual harassment claims.

Five McClatchy High School teachers have been told to report to the school's office to discuss their involvement in a student walkout held last Wednesday to protest how the district handles sexual harassment cases.

The "validation meetings" are scheduled for Monday, said John Borsos, executive director of the Sacramento City Teachers Association, who was contacted by The Sacramento Bee. He said district officials have not explained what is going on, but that the informal meetings apparently have to do with the perception that the teachers were involved in the student walkout.

"They are not being reprimanded," he said, "It is the first step to see if something occurred or not."

Despite that, he said union leaders will be at the meetings to represent the teachers Monday.

District spokesman Alex Barrios said he could not discuss personnel matters, but that validation meetings are an opportunity for employees to give their side of the story.

McClatchy senior Chrysanthe Vidal disputes the idea that teachers helped to organize the events, saying that 12 students did the work over three days. She said the walkout was held to show solidarity for a former student who alleged she was gang raped by classmates in 2016 at an off-campus party and that her claims were improperly handled by school staff.

"And also to show the district and the school that things like this, we aren't going to let them happen to us and other students again," she said.

"It's kind of insulting that the district thinks we can't plan this by ourselves," Vidal said.

Borsos questions why administrators who helped organize a student walkout that focused on gun violence and featured state and local politicians the week before weren't disciplined. "The timing is suspect," he said.

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