Principal who suggested Kobe Bryant deserved to die apologizes

Elias Hubbard
February 6, 2020

A Washington high school principal is on leave in light of threats made against her for a Facebook post regarding Kobe Bryant's death and the previous rape accusation made against him.

The Camas School District said in a statement Tuesday that it was placing Camas High School Principal Liza Sejkora on administrative leave while it looked into the post she wrote on her personal Facebook page on January 26, KGW-TV reported. "Seems to me that karma caught up with a rapist today".

Criticism of Sejkora had grown in the days since Bryant's death and the story has been reported nationally by a number of media organizations.

Lacamas Magazine Editor Ernie Geigenmiller posted a video interview with Sejkora on LacamasMagazine.com, during which the Camas principal apologized for her comments and answered many questions including charges of racism, timing of her posts, intent, etc.as she works to rebuild trust with the community. "She represents the school and that's how everyone's gonna see this town and this school".

"I have some personal experience that generated the visceral reaction", Sejkora told KATU on Tuesday.

"You may be aware that a copy of a social media post I made on my personal Facebook page is circulating digitally in our community".

PHOTO: Memorabilia for National Basketball Association star Kobe Bryant placed at a memorial for Bryant by fans paying their respect near Staples Center in Los Angeles, Feb. 2, 2020. "Today, I apologized to my staff, and now I apologize to you", Sejkora wrote.

Sejkora said in Monday's message that she wanted "to apologize for suggesting that a person's death is deserved. Unfortunately, there was a decision that was made that we're going to have to deal with, and that decision had consequences", he said. "We also teach our students about context".

The former Los Angeles Lakers star, his daughter Gianna and seven others were killed in a January 26 helicopter crash in California. Bryant released a statement, negotiated by lawyers, in which he recognized the woman did not view their sexual encounter as consensual and later settled a civil lawsuit with the woman.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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