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1/29 SF Speak-out:Stop The Bullying, Racism & Retaliation Against SF MLK Students & Staff!
SF Martin Luther King Middle School staff, parents and community advocates will speak out about the physical abuse at MLK Middle School and the criminal cover-up by management and the retaliation against UESF member Tobias Caine and 16 other school workers who have been bullied out of the school.
Stop The Bullying, Racism & Retaliation Against SF MLK Students & Staff!
Justice For All!
Speak-out At SFUSD School Board
Tuesday January 29, 2013 6:00 PM
555 Franklin St/McAllister St. San Francisco
The privatizers and union busters at the San Francisco school district have engaged in a campaign of physical abuse of students and the bullying and retaliation against the MLK Middle School UESF teachers and staff as well as SEIU 1021 members. Not surprisingly the majority of students at Martin Luther King Middle School are Black and Brown.
Last February 2012, the principal Natalie Eberhard during an altercation sat on a female student and in the process injured UESF MLK staff member Tobias Caine. This incident was covered up by Assistant Principal Anthony Braxton and Associate Superintendent for SFUSD Middle Schools Jeannie Pon.
When staff including 40 year employee and UESF member Tobias Caine spoke out about this incident along with others at the school, the district has sought to retaliate against him along with 16 other workers who were bullied out of the school. The UESF union has filed grievances and even had a press conference to stop the bullying, physical abuse and retaliation and removal of 17 staff at the school including whistleblowers.
When the staff, students and parents went to SF District Attorney’s office Gascon to call for a investigation and prosecution of Eberhard, the superintendent Richard Carranza said to the SF Chronicle that these charges were "slander" and that there had been a full investigation.
In fact, Assistant Principal Braxton had falsified the report of the incident and blamed the young female student for injuring Tobias Caine. This is now under police investigation since this is criminal abuse of a student and cover-up by the school district management.
Eberhard and Pon are also supporters of the Bechtel supported SERP “common core” program at the school and Eberhard as her first act at the school gave away the band instruments and also shutdown the music and art program while increasing the testing of students. The SERP program is part of the privatization process taking place in San Francisco with CCSF and schools and colleges throughout the country.
Join MLK Middle School staff, parents and community advocates to stop the bullying, physical abuse and union busting at the school and halt the retaliation against UESF member and whistleblower Tobias Caine who Superintendent Carranaza is seeking to fire.
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MLK Middle School Principal Natalie Eberhard has physically abused students at the school as well as a history of bullying not only at MLK but at A.P.Ginanini despite the complaints and protests of the staff, students and parents.