A complaint filed against a local high school math teacher has sent shock waves through La Cañada Flintridge, with some students rallying in her defense and all four school board candidates criticizing the public nature of the accusation.
La Cañada school board member Cindy Wilcox filed a formal complaint in June alleging that La Cañada High School math teacher Gabrielle Leko addressed a ninth-grade geometry student as “Jew boy,” and that she regularly discriminated against female students, among other offenses.
In the week since Wilcox’s complaint became public — it was originally reported by the news website La Cañada Flintridge Patch — numerous students have come forward in her defense. Several said that they suspected the grievance stems from overzealous parents whose children underperformed in the math teacher’s class. Others volunteered that they have never seen Leko behave in a malicious manner.