A La Cañada High School math teacher has been ordered to participate in sensitivity and diversity training following complaints that she used sexist and racist comments in her classroom, including calling a student “Jew boy.”
The allegations against Gabrielle Leko have roiled the tightly knit community, with parents lining up to criticize officials’ handling of the allegations against her during the most recent board meeting Tuesday. As the district’s formal response circulated via email, some stakeholders said they remain deeply unsatisfied.
“I am sickened, and really wish we could pull our kids out of this district,” said parent Amy Bernhard. “I am resentful that I have to devote my time and energy fighting this, a situation that should have been handled properly by the administration upfront, without our involvement.”
Kathy Hernandez, a former PTSA president at La Cañada High, said she feared the effect Leko’s comments have had on her students.