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Camas High School principal resigns after social media backlash

Comments made regarding Kobe Bryant's death drew national attention

By , Columbian Education Reporter

Embattled Camas High School Principal Liza Sejkora has resigned following backlash to social media posts she made about former basketball star Kobe Bryant’s death.

The school district announced that Sejkora, who had been the principal at the school since 2017, submitted her resignation Friday. District staff will form a transition plan and share it with families in the coming days.

“I am working with the Camas leadership to resign my position as principal of Camas High School,” Sejkora said in a district news release. “Students and staff deserve to have a learning environment free of disruptions.”

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.”

Sejkora later apologized, but the fallout from her comments was widespread. Camas Police were assigned to provide security on campus after the district received death threats and other disturbing messages, and hundreds of students walked out of school in opposition to Sejkora’s comments.

“I have accepted Dr. Sejkora’s resignation as principal of Camas High School. Losing a principal during the school year in this way is obviously very difficult,” Superintendent Jeff Snell said in a message to parents. “I ask that you rally around Camas High. Our students and staff did not ask to be put in this situation. They deserve the space to move forward.”

Columbian Education Reporter