Camas Superintendent Jeff Snell announces in statement Tuesday that Dr. Liza Sejkora has been placed on administrative leave
Editor’s note: The video interview presented in this story was created, produced and first published by Lacamas Magazine (LacamasMagazine.com) and is posted here with the permission of, and full attribution to, Lacamas Magazine Editor Ernie Geigenmiller.
CAMAS — Camas High School Principal Dr. Liza Sejkora has been placed on administrative leave following criticism over social media comments she made immediately following the death of NBA all-star Kobe Bryant on Jan. 26.
Moments after the death of Bryant and eight others, including his daughter Gianna, in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, Calif., Sejkora wrote the following on her Facebook page:
“Not gonna lie. Seems to me that Karma caught up with a rapist today,” Sejkora wrote.
The post, which removed a short time later, was in reference to a 2003 case in which Bryant faced rape charges involving a 19-year-old woman. The charges were eventually dropped, and the Los Angeles Lakers’ all-star settled out of court a lawsuit filed by the woman.
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.
On Tuesday, Camas Superintendent Jeff Snell issued a statement updating the Camas High School community on the situation.
“I am following up with you regarding the situation at Camas High School,’’ Snell wrote. “Our priority is always the safety of our students and staff. 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. We will continue to have additional staff at Camas High School for support. I appreciate your patience during this process as it has been a very challenging time. I will update you with any changes in our status.’’
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.
Here’s a link to the Lacamas Magazine video interview: