PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Camas High School Principal Dr. Liza Sejkora resigned on Friday after controversy over a social media post she made about Kobe Bryant’s death.
On the day Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others died in a helicopter crash, Dr. Sejkora wrote, “Not gonna lie, seems to me that karma caught up with a rapist today,” according to The Columbian.
Sejkora’s comments were in reference to Bryant’s 2003 arrest for a rape accusation. Bryant’s female accuser eventually dropped the rape charges after refusing to testify. She was 19 at the time of the alleged encounter. In 2005, Bryant settled a civil lawsuit with the woman for an undisclosed amount.
The principal later deleted the post and posted a message saying, “You are free to judge me for the post just as I am free to judge the person the post was about.” She then sent an email to Camas High School families on Monday offering an apology to what she called a “personal, visceral reaction” that was “inappropriate and tasteless.”
She was later placed on administrative leave. Students had planned to walk out of class to protest the comments but were stopped by administrators.
Camas School District Superintendent Jeff Snell announced Sejkora’s resignation on Friday, saying the principal “wanted not to be a disruption — she cares a lot about our community.”
“I’m so ready for it to be over,” said Lily Dozier, a senior at Camas High School. “The second I saw the Associated Press was covering this, I thought, oh no, oh no — this is going everywhere.”
Ernie Geigenmiller, a local journalist and father of two students at Camas High School, said he met Sejkora a few years ago right after she became the school’s principal. He interviewed Sejkora earlier this week after she read an apology letter to the student body. She said in the interview that she was nervous to deliver the apology because she knew she had let down many students.
“We’re also in this place where we have these knee-jerk reactions all the time. I mean, she had a knee-jerk reaction — she’s paying for that knee-jerk reaction — but people also made knee-jerk reactions about what’s in here,” Geigenmiller said, motioning to his heart.
Additional resources will be made available to students and staff starting Monday to help them with the transition.
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