Student kills self after principal says he’ll go to prison for protest.
Eighth grader Anthony Soltero shot himself through the head on Thursday, March 30, after the assistant principal at De Anza Middle School [in Ontario, California] told him that he was going to prison for three years because of his involvement as an organizer of the April 28 school walk-outs to protest the anti-immigrant legislation in Washington. The vice principal also forbade Anthony from attending graduation activities and threatened to fine his mother for Anthonys truancy and participation in the student protests.
According to the National Lawyers Guild on their SchoolWalkouts.Info site, “No discipline if all you did was walk out, speak out, or protest” as per Education Code Section 48950. In other words, what the principal said was utterly, totally, completely false.
From la.indymedia, audio interview with the lawyer for the family, who agrees with the NLG. He says multiple other students were also theatened by the vice principal, last name Bennett.
There is reason to believe that the school administrators over stepped their bounds and possibly may have violated the law in telling Anthony that he could be facing prison for participating in the student walkouts. The family’s attorney, Samuel Paz, stated that he believes under California law the students rights to free speech protects them from any disciplinary action by the school. It is believed that the school administrators lied to Anthony about him going to prison. And that this is the primary cause of his decision to take his own life.
The vice principal needs to be arrested for something. After he’s fired. And before the lawsuit that bankrupts him.
Protests at his home and at the school demanding he be fired would be a good first step.