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Cal High principal Keefer resigns position to return to teaching

Some question timing following cheer squad 'mascot' controversy

Megan Keefer, California High School principal since July 2019, announced Wednesday that she is stepping away from that position to return to the classroom as a high school English teacher next fall.

Former California High School principal Megan Keefer. (File photo)

“Our district is embarking on a remarkable journey toward exciting developments in teaching and learning,” Keefer wrote in a letter to the Cal High community. “SRVUSDs commitment to innovative instructional practices has been pulling at my teacher heartstrings.”

Keith Rogenski, San Ramon Valley Unified School District’s Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, confirmed the move by saying, "There are a number of new administrative appointments and transfers across the district, as is typical for this time of year. Megan Keefer has requested to return to the classroom and stay in our district, and that is going to be honored.”

Keefer was unavailable for comment. Yesterday, a Facebook friend of the Keefer's asked friends to support Keefer and her family as they struggle with serious health issues with Keefer's grandson, who was born May 22.

Some are questioning the timing of the announcement because Keefer and SRVUSD Superintendent Dr. John Malloy have been involved in a recent controversy over Cal High’s unofficial cheer squad mascot that went viral on social media.

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The Cal High cheer and stunt team came under fire Saturday, May 21, when “Black Bay Area” posted an image of a varsity cheerleader posing with a Black cosmetology mannequin. The text with the photo read “All white cheer squad with black mannequin head as the varsity team mascot,” the cheer team’s handle and “This is in San Ramon! Mind you they haven’t had a black girl on the varsity team since 2019 & it was only 1 girl! This year they have no black girls on the varsity except the mascot the black doll head name (sic) Kareem.”

Soon after images were posted on social media platforms Instagram and TikTok, they went viral, and there was a firestorm of comments on the posts and direct messages sent to the team.

“The social media bullying was endless,” said parent Laura Gantt. Laura and her husband Brian Gantt have two girls on the team, including the “featured” student holding the mascot in one of the two photos that circulated. “They were getting DMs that they should kill themselves.”

The cheerleaders’ parents believe the post was fabricated in revenge by an unidentified "disgruntled mother" of an African American student who didn't make the final roster. Specifically they noted the skin color of the mascot was darkened in the photo, the name was changed from Karine to Kareem and it is not an “all white cheer squad” because there are currently six members of the team who identify as African American.

On Monday, May 23, Malloy was interviewed by broadcast news outlets and said, "We don't accept (what happened) and we understand it's wrong. We understand it's harming some members in the community... that is not okay," and that the investigation was ongoing.

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Also on May 23, Malloy sent an email to the parents and stakeholders of all of the district’s 36 elementary, middle and high schools that said the district was made aware of the post and the controversy on May 21. The email said the team “has a mascot that has had a hurtful racist impact, and we are deeply troubled by the harm that this situation has caused both in our school community and beyond. The mascot, which is a dark-skinned head that would be used in a cosmetology class, is intolerable for its offensive and racist implications.”

Parents and several community members were upset that Malloy didn’t clarify that the mascot’s skin color was altered to appear darker in the post, the name was changed and there are six members who identify as African American. By not correcting these statements, many said, Malloy basically confirmed it was true.

“I understand there are things that could have been portrayed as being offensive, but that was off the false post,” Brian Gantt said, furthering that he had expected the district and school representatives to insert themselves into the conversation and “clear the girls’ names” or at least investigate and “they would quickly realize this had nothing to do with a racist act but more a tradition.”

“(Malloy) took a fabricated story and ran with it,” Laura Gantt said. “He threw 28 young ladies under the bus.”

During the June 7 SRVUSD Board of Trustees meeting, Laura Gantt took to the podium during public comment and said, “Mr. Malloy, you received hundreds and hundreds of emails from worried parents begging you to retract or update your statement at a minimum, and you refused.

“I am absolutely terrified this label will follow my daughter for the rest of her life. I am fearful it will affect her college applications. And I am most worried about the mental anguish she’s had to endure, all because you, Mr. Malloy, decided to believe lies before doing a full investigation to get to the truth.

“You made the mannequin head offensive by affirming that it was Black,” she said, pointing at Malloy. “You stated several times that people are hurt by this. Do you understand you’re the one who hurt people by way of your affirmation?”

Brian Gantt followed his wife at the podium that evening. He has been in law enforcement for 25 years, a school resource officer for five years and has testified in front of the state senate about changing cyberbullying laws. He said he is “comfortable with cyberbullying laws and how to investigate.”

As an SRO, Brian Gantt said his job when there was an incident such as the one that happened in May was to hear both sides and investigate, to get the facts to get the proper decisions out.

“Malloy, you thought our girls were guilty before you even gave them a chance to prove their innocence,” he said. “It’s now time to hear everyone’s side. Don’t silence the coaches. Don’t silence the girls. And don’t silence Principal Keefer.”

Brian Gantt said Keefer met with the girls, and he quoted what Keefer said during the meeting: “I know you did nothing wrong. I was told not to investigate. This was bigger than the school. I regret not sticking up for you, and I’ll remember this for the rest of my life. I was then forced to put my name on a letter that I didn’t believe in or write myself.”

SRVUSD Superintendent John Malloy. (File photo)

After public comment, Malloy told the audience he and his cabinet knew the mannequin wasn’t black, that it wasn't named “Kareem” and that the squad was not all white before that Monday morning.

“Everything you shared about the purpose of the mascot, the name of the mascot, how it was used with hair and all the rest, we knew all of that,” he told the large audience.

In an interview with DanvilleSanRamon.com, Malloy said “We did investigate Saturday and Sunday and Monday morning. That investigation did not include the parents and students and I understand they believe it should (have). That investigation included staff and staff did tell us everything the parents believe we didn’t know.”

Malloy and his staff communicated to the community and media that the students did nothing wrong or malicious, and that the continued use of the unofficial mascot was the adults’ fault and not the students’. They also made a decision to not address the skin color of the mannequin, based on a “principle that we’re going to be working on, which is ‘even when we don’t intend to cause harm, we might’,” Malloy said.

He continued that, while there had not been complaints about the mascot before the post, the district heard from community members and beyond after that the existence of the mascot was what caused harm for some.

"Unfortunately a lot of people think it's funny,” Cal High student Rebecca Alioto said of the mascot during a broadcast news interview May 23. "Probably makes a lot of people uncomfortable.”

“We were deliberate about a ‘dark-skinned’ mannequin,” Malloy said. “The reason we were deliberate about that is because when we start talking about shades of skin color, we’re moving into significantly charged space.”

“So we never called any mannequin Black or light, we simply said dark,” he continued. “Our team was actually able to see this mannequin and we stand by the choice of words. But, unfortunately, because of some of the other dynamics around us – not just San Ramon, I’m talking around us – it was taken to another place.”

On May 31, the parents of the cheerleaders sent a demand letter to the board calling for Malloy to be fired.

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The letter stated that the district knew everything “including the genesis of the post, the true origins and complexion of their mascot, and the overwhelming, debilitating harassment and threats being directed towards the Cheer Team. Despite being armed with this information, the Administration did the unthinkable. Superintendent Malloy—without undertaking any investigation, whatsoever—started to put out public statements and do media interviews on behalf of the District affirming the false and defamatory allegations in the Disgruntled Mother’s post.”

Regarding the harassment of the team members that Monday and Tuesday, Malloy said he and Keefer did intervene to “stop all negative behavior. Stop the fighting. Stop the name calling,” Malloy said.

Keefer held a webinar for the entire school - staff and students – “so she could talk about what this is and what this isn’t. No one treats anyone, especially the stunt kids, improperly.”

Malloy said parents were asked to continue reporting incidents and, according to Malloy, nothing was reported past Wednesday, May 25. Counselors did reach out to all the cheer team members later that week.

During her comment June 7, Laura Gantt called Malloy “completely disconnected. Nothing has settled for these girls. Nothing has shifted. You have torn apart young lives and divided our community.”

She later said she believes Malloy refused to retract or change his statement because it fit his narrative and justifies the $2 million to hire 15 Equity Liaisons, which was also discussed June 7.

“Our girls have been made sacrificial lambs,” she said.

Brian Gantt said, “All this could have been avoided had (Keefer) been allowed to do her job at a local Cal High campus level. It was bigger than Cal High because there was an agenda. (Malloy) needed this equity (liaison) plan to pass and this was an example of things that were happening on his campuses.”

“It’s simply not true,” Malloy said. “We’ve had an equity plan for a full year. Nothing has changed except this incident and other incidents like it. We have great schools in San Ramon, but there are other issues we’ve contended with across 36 sites. So this isn’t about Cal High, and it isn’t about the stunt team. It’s about that we’ve already had an equity plan as part of strategic directions.”

He continued that the equity plan is “about creating the conditions for learning, and some of our kids have told us they need this assistance. And this situation only exacerbated (the need) to be effective, but quicker.”

According to Malloy, the district doesn’t expect the equity liaisons to be permanent, but more resources are needed to move the plan created over a year ago forward by training all 3,000 staff members.

The Gantts are concerned about the harassment and bullying starting again in the fall, which will be the beginning of their students’ senior year.

“What will he do next year to protect the girls at football games and stunt competitions?” Laura Gantt asked.

“The safety of our students is our top priority. We have already begun looking at our options for additional safety measures at various Cal High activities starting in fall,” said Christopher George, Director of Instruction, Secondary. “As always, we expect the best of our students, and bullying and harassment of any SRVUSD student will not be tolerated. We always respond to any report or concern, and our leadership teams administer appropriate consequences.”

George added that students can also talk to adults on campus or use the Careline online system to report concerns.

“We also have a very close partnership with the three law enforcement agencies that support our 36 schools,” George said. “When and if we see a need for additional support, we call on them, and they are there to confer with us on best practices and to ensure our community feels safe.”

Malloy acknowledged the last few months of the school year were tumultuous, but wants to move forward with the help of parents, students, staff and community members.

“Things have been pretty intense, not just at Cal High,” Malloy said, referring to numerous racially motivated incidents at district schools, such as racist graffiti and use of racial slurs.

“I get that many people have been hurt, including our young people,” he said. “It is our job as a system to be sure issues like this don’t happen.”

“We need to come back together,” Malloy said. “We have a plan going forward into next school year whereby we’re just going to work harder at ensuring that our staff works with our parents and caregivers to understand this concept of ‘I may not have intended to cause harm, but I might have’.”

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Cal High principal Keefer resigns position to return to teaching

Some question timing following cheer squad 'mascot' controversy

by / Danville San Ramon

Uploaded: Fri, Jun 17, 2022, 5:02 pm
Updated: Sun, Jun 19, 2022, 7:33 pm

Megan Keefer, California High School principal since July 2019, announced Wednesday that she is stepping away from that position to return to the classroom as a high school English teacher next fall.

“Our district is embarking on a remarkable journey toward exciting developments in teaching and learning,” Keefer wrote in a letter to the Cal High community. “SRVUSDs commitment to innovative instructional practices has been pulling at my teacher heartstrings.”

Keith Rogenski, San Ramon Valley Unified School District’s Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, confirmed the move by saying, "There are a number of new administrative appointments and transfers across the district, as is typical for this time of year. Megan Keefer has requested to return to the classroom and stay in our district, and that is going to be honored.”

Keefer was unavailable for comment. Yesterday, a Facebook friend of the Keefer's asked friends to support Keefer and her family as they struggle with serious health issues with Keefer's grandson, who was born May 22.

Some are questioning the timing of the announcement because Keefer and SRVUSD Superintendent Dr. John Malloy have been involved in a recent controversy over Cal High’s unofficial cheer squad mascot that went viral on social media.

The Cal High cheer and stunt team came under fire Saturday, May 21, when “Black Bay Area” posted an image of a varsity cheerleader posing with a Black cosmetology mannequin. The text with the photo read “All white cheer squad with black mannequin head as the varsity team mascot,” the cheer team’s handle and “This is in San Ramon! Mind you they haven’t had a black girl on the varsity team since 2019 & it was only 1 girl! This year they have no black girls on the varsity except the mascot the black doll head name (sic) Kareem.”

Soon after images were posted on social media platforms Instagram and TikTok, they went viral, and there was a firestorm of comments on the posts and direct messages sent to the team.

“The social media bullying was endless,” said parent Laura Gantt. Laura and her husband Brian Gantt have two girls on the team, including the “featured” student holding the mascot in one of the two photos that circulated. “They were getting DMs that they should kill themselves.”

The cheerleaders’ parents believe the post was fabricated in revenge by an unidentified "disgruntled mother" of an African American student who didn't make the final roster. Specifically they noted the skin color of the mascot was darkened in the photo, the name was changed from Karine to Kareem and it is not an “all white cheer squad” because there are currently six members of the team who identify as African American.

On Monday, May 23, Malloy was interviewed by broadcast news outlets and said, "We don't accept (what happened) and we understand it's wrong. We understand it's harming some members in the community... that is not okay," and that the investigation was ongoing.

Also on May 23, Malloy sent an email to the parents and stakeholders of all of the district’s 36 elementary, middle and high schools that said the district was made aware of the post and the controversy on May 21. The email said the team “has a mascot that has had a hurtful racist impact, and we are deeply troubled by the harm that this situation has caused both in our school community and beyond. The mascot, which is a dark-skinned head that would be used in a cosmetology class, is intolerable for its offensive and racist implications.”

Parents and several community members were upset that Malloy didn’t clarify that the mascot’s skin color was altered to appear darker in the post, the name was changed and there are six members who identify as African American. By not correcting these statements, many said, Malloy basically confirmed it was true.

“I understand there are things that could have been portrayed as being offensive, but that was off the false post,” Brian Gantt said, furthering that he had expected the district and school representatives to insert themselves into the conversation and “clear the girls’ names” or at least investigate and “they would quickly realize this had nothing to do with a racist act but more a tradition.”

“(Malloy) took a fabricated story and ran with it,” Laura Gantt said. “He threw 28 young ladies under the bus.”

During the June 7 SRVUSD Board of Trustees meeting, Laura Gantt took to the podium during public comment and said, “Mr. Malloy, you received hundreds and hundreds of emails from worried parents begging you to retract or update your statement at a minimum, and you refused.

“I am absolutely terrified this label will follow my daughter for the rest of her life. I am fearful it will affect her college applications. And I am most worried about the mental anguish she’s had to endure, all because you, Mr. Malloy, decided to believe lies before doing a full investigation to get to the truth.

“You made the mannequin head offensive by affirming that it was Black,” she said, pointing at Malloy. “You stated several times that people are hurt by this. Do you understand you’re the one who hurt people by way of your affirmation?”

Brian Gantt followed his wife at the podium that evening. He has been in law enforcement for 25 years, a school resource officer for five years and has testified in front of the state senate about changing cyberbullying laws. He said he is “comfortable with cyberbullying laws and how to investigate.”

As an SRO, Brian Gantt said his job when there was an incident such as the one that happened in May was to hear both sides and investigate, to get the facts to get the proper decisions out.

“Malloy, you thought our girls were guilty before you even gave them a chance to prove their innocence,” he said. “It’s now time to hear everyone’s side. Don’t silence the coaches. Don’t silence the girls. And don’t silence Principal Keefer.”

Brian Gantt said Keefer met with the girls, and he quoted what Keefer said during the meeting: “I know you did nothing wrong. I was told not to investigate. This was bigger than the school. I regret not sticking up for you, and I’ll remember this for the rest of my life. I was then forced to put my name on a letter that I didn’t believe in or write myself.”

After public comment, Malloy told the audience he and his cabinet knew the mannequin wasn’t black, that it wasn't named “Kareem” and that the squad was not all white before that Monday morning.

“Everything you shared about the purpose of the mascot, the name of the mascot, how it was used with hair and all the rest, we knew all of that,” he told the large audience.

In an interview with DanvilleSanRamon.com, Malloy said “We did investigate Saturday and Sunday and Monday morning. That investigation did not include the parents and students and I understand they believe it should (have). That investigation included staff and staff did tell us everything the parents believe we didn’t know.”

Malloy and his staff communicated to the community and media that the students did nothing wrong or malicious, and that the continued use of the unofficial mascot was the adults’ fault and not the students’. They also made a decision to not address the skin color of the mannequin, based on a “principle that we’re going to be working on, which is ‘even when we don’t intend to cause harm, we might’,” Malloy said.

He continued that, while there had not been complaints about the mascot before the post, the district heard from community members and beyond after that the existence of the mascot was what caused harm for some.

"Unfortunately a lot of people think it's funny,” Cal High student Rebecca Alioto said of the mascot during a broadcast news interview May 23. "Probably makes a lot of people uncomfortable.”

“We were deliberate about a ‘dark-skinned’ mannequin,” Malloy said. “The reason we were deliberate about that is because when we start talking about shades of skin color, we’re moving into significantly charged space.”

“So we never called any mannequin Black or light, we simply said dark,” he continued. “Our team was actually able to see this mannequin and we stand by the choice of words. But, unfortunately, because of some of the other dynamics around us – not just San Ramon, I’m talking around us – it was taken to another place.”

On May 31, the parents of the cheerleaders sent a demand letter to the board calling for Malloy to be fired.

The letter stated that the district knew everything “including the genesis of the post, the true origins and complexion of their mascot, and the overwhelming, debilitating harassment and threats being directed towards the Cheer Team. Despite being armed with this information, the Administration did the unthinkable. Superintendent Malloy—without undertaking any investigation, whatsoever—started to put out public statements and do media interviews on behalf of the District affirming the false and defamatory allegations in the Disgruntled Mother’s post.”

Regarding the harassment of the team members that Monday and Tuesday, Malloy said he and Keefer did intervene to “stop all negative behavior. Stop the fighting. Stop the name calling,” Malloy said.

Keefer held a webinar for the entire school - staff and students – “so she could talk about what this is and what this isn’t. No one treats anyone, especially the stunt kids, improperly.”

Malloy said parents were asked to continue reporting incidents and, according to Malloy, nothing was reported past Wednesday, May 25. Counselors did reach out to all the cheer team members later that week.

During her comment June 7, Laura Gantt called Malloy “completely disconnected. Nothing has settled for these girls. Nothing has shifted. You have torn apart young lives and divided our community.”

She later said she believes Malloy refused to retract or change his statement because it fit his narrative and justifies the $2 million to hire 15 Equity Liaisons, which was also discussed June 7.

“Our girls have been made sacrificial lambs,” she said.

Brian Gantt said, “All this could have been avoided had (Keefer) been allowed to do her job at a local Cal High campus level. It was bigger than Cal High because there was an agenda. (Malloy) needed this equity (liaison) plan to pass and this was an example of things that were happening on his campuses.”

“It’s simply not true,” Malloy said. “We’ve had an equity plan for a full year. Nothing has changed except this incident and other incidents like it. We have great schools in San Ramon, but there are other issues we’ve contended with across 36 sites. So this isn’t about Cal High, and it isn’t about the stunt team. It’s about that we’ve already had an equity plan as part of strategic directions.”

He continued that the equity plan is “about creating the conditions for learning, and some of our kids have told us they need this assistance. And this situation only exacerbated (the need) to be effective, but quicker.”

According to Malloy, the district doesn’t expect the equity liaisons to be permanent, but more resources are needed to move the plan created over a year ago forward by training all 3,000 staff members.

The Gantts are concerned about the harassment and bullying starting again in the fall, which will be the beginning of their students’ senior year.

“What will he do next year to protect the girls at football games and stunt competitions?” Laura Gantt asked.

“The safety of our students is our top priority. We have already begun looking at our options for additional safety measures at various Cal High activities starting in fall,” said Christopher George, Director of Instruction, Secondary. “As always, we expect the best of our students, and bullying and harassment of any SRVUSD student will not be tolerated. We always respond to any report or concern, and our leadership teams administer appropriate consequences.”

George added that students can also talk to adults on campus or use the Careline online system to report concerns.

“We also have a very close partnership with the three law enforcement agencies that support our 36 schools,” George said. “When and if we see a need for additional support, we call on them, and they are there to confer with us on best practices and to ensure our community feels safe.”

Malloy acknowledged the last few months of the school year were tumultuous, but wants to move forward with the help of parents, students, staff and community members.

“Things have been pretty intense, not just at Cal High,” Malloy said, referring to numerous racially motivated incidents at district schools, such as racist graffiti and use of racial slurs.

“I get that many people have been hurt, including our young people,” he said. “It is our job as a system to be sure issues like this don’t happen.”

“We need to come back together,” Malloy said. “We have a plan going forward into next school year whereby we’re just going to work harder at ensuring that our staff works with our parents and caregivers to understand this concept of ‘I may not have intended to cause harm, but I might have’.”

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Mike Arata
Registered user
Danville
on Jun 17, 2022 at 9:44 pm
Mike Arata, Danville
Registered user
on Jun 17, 2022 at 9:44 pm

Important take-aways:

1. Instead of working to counter and clarify the harmful social media post (with altered photo) apparently circulated by a “disgruntled mother,” Supt. Malloy amplified the fabricated message in a warped, defamatory narrative which he broadcasted in “Cal High Racist Incident 5.23.22.” See Web Link .

“[T]the Cal High Cheer team,” Malloy said, has a “mascot that has had a hurtful racist impact,” thereby presenting a “hateful and hurtful image.” He disregarded the origin of the falsely altered “dark-skinned head,” instead deceptively implicating the Cheer/Stunt Team in “This deeply disturbing situation,” and saying that "We must remain vigilant in our efforts to call out and eliminate racist acts."

2. The Team’s girls, due in part to Malloy’s misleading narrative, were ostracized, jeered, viciously insulted in classes, pushed, tripped, and threatened.

3. Malloy followed angry initial parental and at-large community responses to the girls’ situation at the June 7 School Board meeting with a 15-minute filibuster ( Web Link ), speaking to the “experience that we’re hearing from our Cal High Stunt Team, which is a valid experience.” He said that each and every kid must be safe, respected, and included.” But in extending what effectively was preferential treatment to the originator(s) of the fabricated social media post, he left the Stunt Team members UNsafe, DISrespected, and EXcluded.

4. Malloy said “we knew all that” (i.e., evidence presented in the attorney’s letter and reiterated by parents and community members just minutes before), further angering almost all of the audience. He then tried and failed to validate his outlooks and those of others who, puffed up and misled by fabricated darkening of the mannequin-head mascot, had evidently decided now to consider a mannequin-head mascot of any color to be a racist representation.


Jennifer
Registered user
Danville
on Jun 18, 2022 at 8:15 am
Jennifer, Danville
Registered user
on Jun 18, 2022 at 8:15 am

Her way of dealing with the controversy is to demote herself back to teaching at the same school. If she really missed teaching, maybe. She obviously wants nothing to do with the conflict. She'd be better off leaving the school.


Mike Arata
Registered user
Danville
on Jun 18, 2022 at 3:39 pm
Mike Arata, Danville
Registered user
on Jun 18, 2022 at 3:39 pm

Supt. Malloy and his minions “made a decision to not address the skin color of the mannequin” because “even when we don’t intend to cause harm, we might.”

So, to hell with the facts (and Cheer/Stunt Team girls), and welcome to the bizarro world of “implicit bias” and “microaggressions.”

The notion that every perspective is valid, regardless of the factual record, represents an axiomatic canard common among educationists, to the effect that everyone gets to speak his/her “own truth,” and all others are supposed to honor it. Thereby, the mature, objective leadership needed here was AWOL. The situation is reminiscent of the rescuers in “Lord of the Flies”: “Are there any adults — any grownups — with you?”

In his devious “Cal High Racist Incident 5.23.22” communication ( Web Link ), Malloy said SRVUSD had implemented its Response to Discrimination and Hate process. The related Handbook says to “Create a fact sheet about the incident, and keep it updated — specifically correcting misinformation. Don’t let misinformation take root in the school or community.” Where’s the fact sheet?

Further, “Use each new communication…to correct misinformation and reiterate facts.” Oh, and “Do not jump to conclusions. If you are hasty, you may spread misinformation yourself.” Malloy ignored SRVUSD’s own Handbook, but District’s corruptly indulgent school board added a year to his contract.

The core of the problem is SRVUSD’s toxic “Equity” program. Its overtly racist “anti-racism” component includes textbooks which (e.g.) capitalize every racial characteristic but “white,” because “being racist against white people is not a thing.” And N.W.A.’s vile, murderous, obscenely misogynistic “Straight Outta Compton” is an alleged source of “change and empowerment.”

SRVUSD world divides people into “oppressors” and “victims.” What could go wrong? Lots, including deceitful displacement of blame for a racist incident.


CK
Registered user
San Ramon
on Jun 18, 2022 at 7:16 pm
CK, San Ramon
Registered user
on Jun 18, 2022 at 7:16 pm

Someone who is clearly racist and homophobic and express his misbegotten views loudly at every board meeting calling a district program toxic is irony at its best. Our district is taking important steps to empower both teachers and students to be anti-racist and truly support those in the LGBTQ community. When the power of a group that has dominated our society for generations is threatened, they are often the first to cry foul and fight against measures challenging their entrenched power. I am proud of what our district is doing.


Jeff Husted
Registered user
San Ramon
on Jun 19, 2022 at 6:19 am
Jeff Husted, San Ramon
Registered user
on Jun 19, 2022 at 6:19 am

"The notion that every perspective is valid, regardless of the factual record, represents an axiomatic canard....to the effect that everyone gets to speak his/her “own truth,” and all others are supposed to honor it."

^ An 'axiomatic canard' also being used to justify the January 6th insurrection and wrongful police shootings.

Both sides of any discourse rely on this approach to make their points.


Mary Livingston
Registered user
San Ramon
on Jun 19, 2022 at 9:41 am
Mary Livingston, San Ramon
Registered user
on Jun 19, 2022 at 9:41 am

@Mr. Arata

Personal opinions aside...since you reside in Danville, why obsess on what goes on in the San Ramon School District?

As long as what goes on in the Danville School District meets with your approval, you should be a happy camper.


Renee Taylor
Registered user
San Ramon
on Jun 19, 2022 at 11:08 am
Renee Taylor, San Ramon
Registered user
on Jun 19, 2022 at 11:08 am

"Malloy is toxic and needs to go now. Why does SRVUSD need a retired educator from the LGBQT community..."

If equality is the goal of a free society, ostracizing a public educator based on his LGBTQ background & perspectives reaks of homophobia and bigotry.

As Contra Costa County residents, we can do better than that.

Having parents of the same sex should not raise any cautionary red flags as questionable (aka bad) parenting can also exist among conventional heterosexual couples, perhaps more so than by gay parents.

I am a proud lesbian husband and my children are being brought up to understand that there is plenty of latitude when it comes to child rearing and coexisting in modern day society.

On the other hand, there is no further room for bigotry and homophobia unless one is clinging to religious dogma.


Renee Taylor
Registered user
San Ramon
on Jun 19, 2022 at 11:14 am
Renee Taylor, San Ramon
Registered user
on Jun 19, 2022 at 11:14 am

@Mike Arata

Racism and homophobia have no place in Contra Costa County.

Since African Americans comprise only 1.32% of the overall population in Danville, why defend, encourage, and promote racism & bigotry in another city where you do not reside?

Danville is Danville and San Ramon is San Ramon.


Melissa Taylor
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Alamo
on Jun 19, 2022 at 11:28 am
Melissa Taylor, Alamo
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on Jun 19, 2022 at 11:28 am

A truly secular education system does not attack or chastise LGBTQ perspectives.

Only in Florida and fundamentalist theocracies.


Scott Hale
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San Ramon
on Jun 19, 2022 at 1:48 pm
Scott Hale, San Ramon
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on Jun 19, 2022 at 1:48 pm

a few here are confused on just which cities SRVUSD resides in.

A hint: not just San Ramon. <sigh>


Jennifer
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Danville
on Jun 19, 2022 at 4:19 pm
Jennifer, Danville
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on Jun 19, 2022 at 4:19 pm

If you live in San Ramon, and you don't know what cities SRVUSD serves, I wonder if they really live in San Ramon. or anywhere close. Keeping in mind the district office is in Danville should be a hint.


Mike Arata
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Danville
on Jun 19, 2022 at 6:47 pm
Mike Arata, Danville
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on Jun 19, 2022 at 6:47 pm

SRVUSD Glossary Additions (See also Web Link and Web Link ):

“Racist”: EXPOSING overt, actual racism — e.g. textbooks which capitalize all racial characterizations but “white,” saying that “being racist against white people is not a thing”; and (e.g. quoque) agreeing with black activist Delores Tucker that murderous, obscenely misogynistic “rap” such as “Straight Outta Compton” is attitudinally harmful, not a source of “change and empowerment.” Also: Criticizing a superintendent’s transfer of blame for an ACTUAL racist incident to a team of girls who didn’t commit it.

“Homophobic”: OPPOSING homosexual and transgender activism in schools, especially for 5-11 year-olds, since such activism violates fundamental tenets of child psychology.
“Refutation”: Changing the subject to “the January 6th insurrection.”
“SRVUSD”: Alamo, Blackhawk, Danville, Diablo, and San Ramon

“Lesbian husband”: ???

“No further room for bigotry and homophobia unless one is clinging to religious dogma”: Plenty of room for imposing new, quasi-religious dogma which mandates instruction in the oppressor/victim, “white supremacy” model and homosexual/transgender activism at all grade levels (while trying to hide LGBTQ clubs and “gender transitions” from parents).

“Response to Discrimination and Hate”: Misrepresent facts, then amplify misinformation that’s taken root in the school or community. Also, bypass opportunities to correct the record. Use each new communication further to obscure facts. Be sure you jump to conclusions and spread misinformation yourself!

Meanwhile, Mr. Malloy’s/SRVUSD’s supporters above do offer several logical-fallacy examples which Mrs. Keefer can utilize beneficially in her English-classroom return.


H
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San Ramon Valley High School
on Jun 19, 2022 at 9:29 pm
H, San Ramon Valley High School
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on Jun 19, 2022 at 9:29 pm

Anyone attacking Mr. Arata as "racist" without acknowledging any of his many valid and factual points are ironically dabbling in bigotry themselves.

The main issue here is the elected trustees that refuse to hold the district leaders to transparent standards of accountability. The community wants transparency and this board has offered nothing but muck-racking, finger-pointing and divisiveness. Why is no one here in this comment section voicing concern regarding Dr. Malloy refusing to follow up on actual racist attacks in the district committed by young men at SRVUSD, yet he comes down against a group of young women with only subjective reasoning? Why has there been no "fact sheet" published on this Cal High incident when it is the district's own policy to create one of these? Why where none of the actual kids on the cheer team or any coaches or any school administrators part of the "investigation" done by Dr. Malloy? These are important questions that the low class people here attacking messengers instead of responding to claims directly clearly have no good answers.

If the Trustees will not hold the district accountable to its own rules, then we as a community need to elect new trustees in November.


Leonard Cook
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another community
on Jun 20, 2022 at 7:26 am
Leonard Cook, another community
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on Jun 20, 2022 at 7:26 am

I recall a Tucker Carlson/Fox News segment a few months ago that addressed the controversial PRISM program being conducted at SRVUSD elementary schools.

Since the highly respected Mr. Carlson ridiculed the concept, there must be something wrong with promoting a PRISM agenda that acknowledges the LGBTQ community.

Carlson is also known for promoting something called Replacement Theory which I understand to be an ongoing progressive effort to alter the cultural landscape of America.

I don't think this alteration could ever occur in the Danville/San Ramon locale because the region is comprised mostly of upper middle class/white conservative residents who tend to vote Republican.

Since the school board is made up of duly elected officials, one might also assume that their decisions are reflective of the local voters. If so, the disgruntled represent a minority perspective.

Perhaps it is time for Tucker Carlson to investigate and expose the cheerleader controversy for what it is...either a reverse racist coverup by the school administration or a premeditated racist gesture by the rally squad.

Tucker Carlson's views seem to parallel those of many Danville/San Ramon residents.


Larry Jamison
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Danville
on Jun 20, 2022 at 11:39 am
Larry Jamison, Danville
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on Jun 20, 2022 at 11:39 am

Has there been any further investigation into this matter to confirm the actual perpetrator of the controversial photo?

The superintendent acted properly in condemning the incident but more facts and details are needed to ensure that the person (or persons) responsible for the tasteless posting are held accountable.

"Danville is Danville and San Ramon is San Ramon."

Danville and San Ramon (in general) are two communities that share similar perspectives in terms of demographics, racial/LGBTQ equality, and politics.

"...since you reside in Danville, why obsess on what goes on in the San Ramon School District?"

Danville + San Ramon = the same people (white/upper middle class conservatives) that share the same school district and personal outrages.

If one desires a more progressive environment that celebrates progressive change, equality, and ethnic diversity, perhaps it's best to consider residing elsewhere.









H
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San Ramon Valley High School
on Jun 20, 2022 at 12:41 pm
H, San Ramon Valley High School
Registered user
on Jun 20, 2022 at 12:41 pm

To answer Larry’s question there Hasn’t been any investigation whatsoever. The cheer Team still has had a question and Dr. Malloy has never seen it himself door the other asked to look at it himself. How can there be any investigation that did involve looking at the actual head? The district also never talked to anyone on the team. Dr. Malloy is not telling the truth about this investigation because it never happened. He just claimed his imagination of the events was fact regardless of all the counter information that was provided.

The community has an obligation to hold the trustees elected to standards of accountability and transparency. They have failed in their job therefore it is our job as a community to replace them.


Forest Johnson
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Monte Vista High School
on Jun 20, 2022 at 2:51 pm
Forest Johnson, Monte Vista High School
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on Jun 20, 2022 at 2:51 pm

According to ABC7 News:

"Before @CaliforniahsCheer deleted their page on Instagram, an account called @theblackbayarea took screenshots and posted to their page, drawing attention to the photos."

^ This is incriminating evidence. Why was the image initially posted on the @CaliforniahCheer Instagram page in the first place?

It was only after being posted online that
someone took an evidentiary screenshot of the offensive pic and then re-posted it on @blackbayarea.

And then someone deleted it from the online @CaliforniahCheer Instagram page.

Have district school officials investigated and interrogated all of the individual(s) who have access to post images on the @CaliforniahCheer Instagram page?

It could very well have been a member of the California stunt team pulling a hurtful and racist 'stunt' as an end of school year joke.

Not funny and reflects poorly of any 'outraged' parents who may be seeking to protect their kids by pinning the blame on someone else lest it be exposed in the future during a key job interview or a run for political office.

Blackface caricatures always have a way of coming back to haunt those who think it's funny.

By then it's too late for any feigned remorse and excuses.


Mike Arata
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Danville
on Jun 20, 2022 at 8:18 pm
Mike Arata, Danville
Registered user
on Jun 20, 2022 at 8:18 pm

The Tucker Carlson segment referenced by Mr. Cook was from a Feb. 27, 2021 online California Teachers Association (union) seminar by SRVUSD teachers Korby Saunders and Blaire Wyatt, entitled “Affirming LGBTQ+ Identities in Elementary School.” In the 30 seconds prior to Carlson’s slice, Saunders spoke about halting parental permission slips for LGBTQ+ “Prism” Clubs. Wyatt added “that lunchtime is kind of that sweet spot” for Prism meetings because it “kind of eliminates a little bit of that parent interaction” which occurs if kids instead come early or stay late. The seminar’s slide deck is likewise revealing.

In Nov. 2020, Saunders and Country Club Principal Christy Glaser had led their own “Affirming LGBTQ+ Identities in the Elementary Grades” discussion for the debased “National Council of Teachers of English.” They described “their experiences of queering the classroom,” now including homosexual and transgender-themed read-alouds for 5-year-olds (kids just learning to tie their shoes).

In a 1984 CTA booklet, “Guidelines for Academic Freedom in the Public Schools,” CTA revealed its cynical radicalism: “Who dares take on religion, free enterprise, patriotism, and motherhood? We do — and we must!” (p.32). In 1990, CTA’s SRVUSD chapter (SRVEA) won CTA’s “Chapter in Politics Award” for having taken effective control of the school board here. Whether due to inertia, apathy, busy parents’ time-saturation, or concentrated union money and activism, SRVEA has pulled SRVUSD strings behind scenes ever since.

The May 23 ABC report quoted by Mr. Johnson misrepresents the facts (unsurprisingly; it’s ABC). The May 31 attorney letter posted in the Megan Keefer article above these comments presents the real-world account, including the scandal’s origins, from a “disgruntled mother” whose daughter was the only one of 7 black girls not selected for the Cheer/Stunt Team, to Supt. Malloy’s amplification of the fabricated “racism” narrative. “Reverse-racist coverup?” Yes, indeed.


H
Registered user
San Ramon Valley High School
on Jun 20, 2022 at 9:46 pm
H, San Ramon Valley High School
Registered user
on Jun 20, 2022 at 9:46 pm

Forest Johnson - let's talk about facts. The image from blackbayarea was a screen capture from a TicTok video that was then digitally altered in two distinct ways: 1) It was made to look darker than it is in real life. 2) The actual name of the doll was clearly written on the girl's shirt in the original video. The blackbayarea picture conveniently placed captioning text over the actual name so they could pretend it was named something it was clearly not. There was zero investigation done on this matter.

Also, yearbook pictures from 6 years ago show now District Director of Instruction Chris George who was then Principal of Cal High posing in a picture that included the head in question! Has anyone asked Chris George why he approved this while he was Principal and if Dr. Malloy is being hypocritical by absolving Chris George of all wrongdoing here while throwing these cheer girls under the bus for a tradition that was known about and approved by Mr. George?

The district has an obligation to the community to be transparent. They continue to fail at transparency just as they failed with transparency during the shutdown. The Trustees are complacent with this corruption and they need to be replaced with new trustees that actually care about the people that are elected to represent.


Bob Whitaker
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Walnut Creek
on Jun 21, 2022 at 6:38 am
Bob Whitaker, Walnut Creek
Registered user
on Jun 21, 2022 at 6:38 am

This unfortunate incident might have been avoided had there been a mandatory quota specifying that out of the 107 stunt team members, at least 25% must be African American, Hispanic, and/or transgender participants.

This would leave a 75% majority of white stunt team members which would (or should) pacify all parties concerned.

We live in a time of heightened awareness and striving towards equality and diversity.


H
Registered user
San Ramon Valley High School
on Jun 21, 2022 at 9:58 am
H, San Ramon Valley High School
Registered user
on Jun 21, 2022 at 9:58 am

Bob- should your quota system be applied to grades as well? Shouldn’t buy your logic here only 75% of the 4.0+ students be white as well? If there are more, bump a random sample down to a 3.5 GPA for “equity” right?


H
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San Ramon Valley High School
on Jun 21, 2022 at 10:00 am
H, San Ramon Valley High School
Registered user
on Jun 21, 2022 at 10:00 am

What will the reaction be when Dr. Malloy baselessly calls YOUR daughters sports teams all racists next year?


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