School District's Response in Disturbing Internet Video
By Sally Jenkins
Last night I attended the Safety Forum held at San Marcos High School regarding the disturbing internet video that's been discussed on edhat.
I have personally not seen the video, it's not available anywhere I've looked. I've spoken to many parents who have seen the video and in summary, they have said it was posted on a type of internet chat room that featured a male student with an older gun with a bayonet, as well as neo-Nazi images. He's apparently seen describing how he would target and assault/attack specific students, mostly females with some of the assault discussed being sexual in nature. There also appeared to a be a lot of other male students participating in the online discussion around these types of assaults and targets.
Again, I haven't seen the video, but the other parents I've spoken with said it was very violent, misogynistic, targets minorities and people of color, and promotes a rape culture.
The Santa Barbara Unified School District Superintendent, Cary Matsuoka, was at the meeting and he apologized to everyone in the audience, mostly parents, for not notifying them in a timely manner and said he underestimated the impact of the video. We received a letter from the school, long after the video was being discussed, that said the threat was just made by a small group against a larger group of students. It involved students from San Marcos High, Dos Pueblos High, Santa Barbara High and La Colina Jr High.
Law enforcement was also there and talked about the search warrants they served and determined there was no immediate threat, but it's still an active investigation and cannot give any more details.
Ultimately, this is a scary thing. After the 2014 tragedy and murder in Isla Vista, we cannot let this slide. Imagine what could have been avoided if law enforcement dug deeper into their investigation of Elliot Rodger? We simply cannot look this over as a "joke" or "boys being boys."
The school board, educators, the district, and teachers need to do better. They failed parents and students in this incident, from what I can assume was an attempt to not have bad press or issues with parents. Students need to be held accountable and then educated on what is ok and what isn't ok, that includes in person and online.
Step up Santa Barbara Unified School District, do better for our children and for our community.
- January 25, 2018 & February 1, 2018 - Search Warrants Served in Disturbing Internet Video