The Camas School District has placed a principal on administrative leave following comments she made on social media suggesting basketball star Kobe Bryant’s death was deserved.
The former Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard was among nine people, including his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, who died Jan. 26 in a helicopter crash outside of Los Angeles. That same day, Camas High School Principal Liza Sejkora wrote, “Not gonna lie, seems to me that karma caught up with a rapist today.”
Superintendent Jeff Snell wrote a letter to parents Tuesday night, reporting that, “in light of threats to Dr. Sejkora and concern from our community, Dr. Sejkora has been placed on administrative leave today pending the outcome of our investigation.”
District spokeswoman Doreen McKercher said the school has received “disturbing” voice mails about Sejkora’s comments, and vague threats against her have been made on social media. None of the threats were determined to be credible, but Camas police and district faculty were on site to provide extra security.
“We’re trying to keep the learning environment safe and appropriate for our students, and it makes sense to remove a staff member who’s attracting that much attention,” McKercher said.