San Francisco officials condemn attacks on school board members
San Francisco officials have condemned a series of hate-filled attacks against two members of the San Francisco Board of Education, including the creation of a Facebook page featuring swastikas.
The San Francisco Examiner reports that “nearly all city supervisors and school board members, along with others in the school community” appeared at a gathering last Monday to show solidarity with Alison Collins and Gabriela Lopez after they became the target of online trolls.
The Facebook page “No2racebaiting” lambasted the two women for their opposition to merit-based admissions at Lowell High School. In addition to burning swastikas, it showed images of bloodied gloves and x-marks on the board members’ faces.
“It is absolutely and unequivocally unacceptable to cross the line into threatening behavior, not now, not ever,” said School Board President Mark Sanchez. “We will not stand for this behavior, this type of racism, this type of sexism.”
An SFUSD graduate has admitted to creating the page. He has since apologized and deleted it.
Read more at the San Francisco Examiner.