Camas High School Principal Liza Sejkora sparked outrage when she made the remarks in a since-deleted Facebook post on January 26 - after Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others died when the Lakers legend's chopper went down in Calabasas, California. It, however, appeared Sejkora doubled down on her previous sentiments by following up with another post saying: "You are free to judge me for the post just as I am free to judge the person the post was about". Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven other people died that day in a helicopter crash in California. "This was a situation where I didn't think before I posted, and I'm terribly regretful about that".
However, Sejkora's apology for her comments was not enough to prevent officials from penalizing her for her actions.
"I have some personal experience that generated the visceral reaction", she said.
Following backlash and threats, the school district superintendant, in a statement on Tuesday, announced Sejkora has been placed on administrative leave while the district investigates her Facebook post, We Are Iowa reports.
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"Our priority is always the safety of our students and staff", Superintendent Jeff Snell wrote to parents. "I want to apologize for suggesting that a person's death is deserved". "Camas High school will be moving forward without Dr. Sejkora as principal as I've accepted her resignation". It was inappropriate and tasteless.
Sejkora was referring to a sexual assault allegation leveled against Bryant in 2003. "Students and staff deserve to have a learning environment free of disruptions". "I'm hopeful that my regret will garner me some trust moving forward".
"My focus right now is on supporting the school and the students and really listening to them in terms of what they think should be the next steps forward in terms of repairing trust", Snell told Portland station KOIN. That case would soon be dropped after the woman refused to testify and they would eventually settle out of court. "My emotions and past experiences got the best of me in that moment". But when you are a public figure and people look up to you and you are the principal of a school full of kids and you say something like that?