And we should have been more thorough in our investigation, said Dale Marsden, superintendent of the San Bernardino City Unified School District.
Marsden was referring to an incident that sparked public outrage involving Cajon High math teacher Bernadette Yuson, who is accused of using a derogatory word for blacks.
Marsden and about a dozen district officials, board members and Cajon High administrators met at a town hall meeting with the San Bernardino Chapter of the NAACP and the African American Education Collaborative, a coalition of 10 Inland Empire groups, to try and work together to ensure similar incidents are handled better.
apologized for the inadequate handling of the incident, saying repeatedly that it should have been treated with greater urgency.
has been investigating it personally, talking to students, staff and others involved, and is still collecting facts.
anticipates finishing the investigation by early October.
We will fully accept the burden of accountability placed on us, Marsden
My hope is that we will deeply learn from this experience.
Failures are something the district should learn and grow from, and its committed to working with local black community groups to improve the district, he
Those remarks pleased some in the audience who said they received a verbal commitment from the superintendent and believed he
would follow through by working with the community, while others said the district was doing damage control.
parent Laurren Kennedy said he
believes the meeting was simply lip service, and that his
son was verbally abused by a volunteer at Cajon, a complaint that he
said was not handled appropriately.
said discipline could range from a warning to termination and that incidents are supposed to be handled with the utmost care with all involved parties being notified.