A Washington state high school principal was placed on leave Tuesday after a post in which she called the death of Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant as "karma [catching] up with a rapist", according to Kelly Moyer of the Camas-Washougal Post-Record.
The post, which came just hours after the National Basketball Association legend died in a helicopter crash alongside eight others - including his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna - has since been deleted.
In the summer of 2003, Bryant, then 24, was accused of raping a 19-year-old woman in a Colorado hotel room.
"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". "We do appreciate Dr. Sejkora's acknowledgment and will work to support her in rebuilding trust with the community she serves".
"I do not see a path to fix that trust that can happen in a way that doesn't continue to compromise your educational experience here at Camas High School", he said. "In light of threats to (Sejkora) and concern from our community, (Sejkora) has been placed on administrative leave today pending the outcome of our investigation".
Sejkora wrote on the day of Bryant's death: "Not gonna lie". "However, I've been impressed with the level of professionalism our staff members have displayed as well as the caring and compassion from our families". In an email to school parents she wrote, "I want to apologize for suggesting that a person's death is deserved".
"I am working with the Camas leadership to resign my position as principal of Camas High School", Sejkora said in a statement on Friday, according to KGW8. "Students and staff deserve to have a learning environment free of disruptions". Prosecutors dropped the criminal case September 1, 2004, after the accuser decided not to testify.
The Camas School District's superintendent, Jeff Snell, says police found no evidence the gun threat was real, adding that it started among students on a school bus speculating about threats.
"My focus right now is on supporting the school and the students and really listening to them in terms of what they think should be the next steps forward in terms of repairing trust", Snell told Portland station KOIN. It was inappropriate and tasteless. That case would soon be dropped after the woman refused to testify and they would eventually settle out of court.