Washington state principal resigns after social media post about Kobe Bryant
A Washington state high school principal who called NBA star Kobe Bryant a “rapist” on social media hours after his death, resigned Friday, the Camas School District superintendent said.
Liza Sejkora, head principal at Camas High School near the Oregon border, posted the comment Jan. 26, the same day Bryant, the retired Los Angeles Lakers player, and eight other people, including his 13-year-old daughter, were killed in a helicopter crash.
That post, since deleted, read: “Not gonna lie. Seems to me that karma caught up with a rapist today.”
Sejkora had been placed on leave after she was criticized for the post. But Superintendent Jeff Snell said in a statement Friday that he accepted her resignation, which he said followed public backlash over a social media post she’d made.
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“This has been a tumultuous week, however, I’ve been impressed with the level of professionalism our staff members have displayed as well as the caring and compassion from our families,” Snell said.
The statement also included a comment from Sejkora. She said she was working with Camas leadership to resign, and she said: “Students and staff deserve to have a learning environment free of disruptions.”
A letter to parents from Snell which was shared with NBC affiliate KGW of Portland, Oregon, which is across the Columbia River from the city of Camas, asked people to rally around Camas High.
“Our students and staff did not ask to be put in this situation,” Snell said in the letter, adding that “they deserve the space to move forward.”
Sejkora had apologized, saying the comment was a “personal, visceral reaction” to reports that Bryant had died.