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Stop The Bullying! SF MLK Middle School Teachers/Staff Call For DA Gascón To Prosecute
Teachers, parents, public school advocates rallied at in front of the SF District Attorney's office to demand that there be a criminal investigation and prosecution of physical abuse of students and retaliation against over 17 teachers and staff at the Martin Luther King Middle School. The principal Natalie Everhard, the Vice Principal Anthony Braxton and the Assistant Superintendent of SF Middle Schools Jeannie Pon have been engaged in either physical abuse or covering up the criminal physical abuse and trying to silence the teachers and staff of the school. The school has hired the NAACP to be stationed at the school to supposedly "prevent violence".
Stop The Bullying!
SF MLK Middle School Teachers/Staff Call For DA Gascón To Prosecute Physical Abuse
On November 27, 2012 a press conference was called by the United Public Workers
For Action UPWA to call for an investigation and criminal prosecution by San Francisco
District Attorney George Gascón of the Martin Luther King Principal Natalie
Everhard and Assistant SFUSD Superintendent Jeannie Pon for obstruction of
justice. The principal sat on a student and a security guard Tobias Caine was injured
at the school and over 17 teachers and students have been retaliated
against by Everhard and Pon for speaking out about the conditions at the school.
Teachers and staff talked about a campaign of bullying against the students and staff.
SF Martin Luther King UESF School Teachers & Parents Protest Reign Of
Bullying And Violence By Principal
Stop Retaliation And Racism at SFUSD: UESF Members Speak Out At SF School Board Meeting
Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Middle School Administration Accused Of Violence, Bullying
Production of United Public Workers For Action http://www.upwa.info
SF UESF Teachers and staff accuse SF principal of bullying at Martin Luther KIng Middle School And Demand Criminal Prosecution Of Principal And Assistant Superintendent
Teachers accuse SF principal of bullying
Updated 10:24 p.m., Tuesday, November 27, 2012
A group of San Francisco middle school teachers escalated their efforts to push out their principal Tuesday, marching in front of the Hall of Justice to demand the district attorney address their allegations of abuse.
The handful of former teachers and staff as well as one current social worker and a former parent from Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School held signs and said they were protesting a "reign of bullying and violence" under Principal Natalie Eberhard.
They also criticized District Attorney George Gascón for refusing to investigate and prosecute the principal for a Feb. 4 incident in which she physically detained an upset student.
District officials said they conducted a thorough investigation and found no evidence of any misconduct by Eberhard. Gascón's office said no such case has been forwarded to the district attorney for review.
"There are procedures in place to evaluate personnel and we follow these procedures," said school Superintendent Richard Carranza in a statement. "A principal's work performance is not and should not be judged based on slander."
The protesters alleged that Eberhard sat on a student during a confrontation, one in which they acknowledged the principal had requested and received emergency police response.
District officials said a school surveillance video disproves the accusations against Eberhard, but they could not release it to the media because it contained confidential student information.
Teachers said they reported Eberhard's alleged abuse to Child Protective Services, the police and the district attorney's office - to no avail. They said they hadn't filed a police report separate from the initial police response to the incident.
The incident was one of many examples of bullying, the protesters said.
"She yelled at me in front of two classes of students," said Linda Cook, a former English teacher who was removed from her job. "She walks around and provokes teachers, students and anyone in her way to anger."
The Portola neighborhood school has long had issues with low student performance and behavior. The United Educators of San Francisco, which represents 6,000 district teachers and aides, has filed more than 10 labor grievances in the last two years, including one Tuesday over insufficient security at the school.
Amos Brown, president of the San Francisco NAACP who has spent significant time at the school, said he believes the allegations against the principal are false.
"I've seen the video, and it's time that we stop this malicious lie," he said. "I think that teachers, parents, administration need to come together and stop this infighting and bickering. The main thing at the school is the children."
This is Eberhard's second year as principal. The school has had five principals in the last five years.
Jill Tucker is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. E-mail: jtucker(at)sfchronicle.com
Parents, teachers and education school advocates are demanding the criminal prosecution of Martin Luther King Principal Natalie Everhard and Assistant Superintendent Jeannie Pon who is in charge of the Middle Schools and has lied about the conditions at the school to cover-up the criminal abuse and bullying.
Tobias Caine, an injured member of UESF at the Martin Luther King Middle School spoke about the conditions at the school and the continued unsafe health and safety conditions. He and other staff have been bullied by the principal, vice principal and school management. He and many others staff and parents have also gone to the school board to report this to the board and Superintendent Richard Carranza but they have been ignored and retaliated against for speaking out.