Albany High School principal, Jeff Anderson, has been reassigned amid questions over his process of punishing students involved in cyber bullying and racism at East Bay High School.
Valerie Williams, the superintendent, advised parents and staff members that Ron Rosenbaum, the high school’s former principal, would replace Anderson. Williams declined to confirm whether Anderson’s reassignment was voluntary or forced.
School board officials have remained distant in regards to comment on this matter.
The change in leadership follows weeks of turmoil at the school, after district officials learned in mid-March that several students had targeted their African American peers and a staff member, creating an Instagram account that included the victims’ photos as well as a photo of a black doll alongside images of a torch, noose and Ku Klux Klan member.
The social-media posts made fun of the race, weight and skin color of female students, according to students. Police launched an investigation into the postings.
More than 300 people rallied March 26th in protest of the racist instagram account.
Only 5% of the students at the high school are Black out of 1,200. Several hundred students staged a sit-in March 30th protesting the returned of the suspended students.
Prior to that incident, school administration caught wind of students performing the Nazi salute to each other and was reportedly happening for several months. Parents were notified of this incident on March 28th.
Last week, Superintendent Williams urged the school community to “stick together.”
“Recent conflicts, both local and global, remind us that our students deserve a safe and healthy school climate,” she said in a district-wide announcement.
“We want to encourage them to be upstanders, not bystanders, to be empathetic instead if apathetic, and to be responsible global citizens who know how to make the world a better place.”
To further address the racially charged incidents, the school board plans to hold a special meeting Tuesday at Albany High.