Being Challenged to a Fight

On January 7, 2013, I attended the court proceedings dealing with corruption allegations surrounding current school members, a past school board member, contractors, our former superintendent, and others. What occurred in the courtroom on January 7th was mostly procedural in nature and will continue on January 30, 2013. What occurred outside the court room, in and out of the Hall of Justice, was not procedural in nature.

After the proceedings, some of our bargaining unit members were told by supporters of Pearl Quinones “You suck.” Another one of her supporters said, “These teachers are the problem with education today and I have to deal with them at work every day.” Sadly, the person that made this remark is a Sweetwater employee (not a teacher) and works closely with our students and our bargaining unit.  I was also verbally abused.

“It’s the first step in a long process,” Anguiano said after Monday’s arraignment. “Hopefully one that will end up bettering our district. It is time for the corruption that has become synonymous with Sweetwater to end.”- San Diego Union Tribune, January 8, 2013.

Shortly after making these comments to a UT reporter, in the Hall of Justice,  I was referred to as a “joto” by one supporter of school board member Pearl Quinones. Outside of the entrance to the Hall of Justice, I was referred to as a “faggot” by another one her supporters and challenged to meet him around the corner.  Part of this confrontation was reported in the San Diego Reader in a story called “Serious Supporters of Trustee Pearl Quinones” (video included).  There is no question about it.   I was subjected to hate speech. However, there is a positive.

The person that called me a faggot and challenged me to meet him around the corner has sought to be an administrator in our District. I am hopeful that his actions, in and out of the courthouse, and witnessed by many, will be taken into consideration when making a decision to bring him into District.

Not only am I certain that a person that has exhibited this type of behavior would be detrimental to our profession and that his arrival would not be welcomed by students . I am certain that our GLBT student organizations would be at the forefront of organizing protests that would be supported by the majority of our student population if he were hired.

No person should be harassed or discriminated against because of their sexual orientation. We must protect each other and our students.

I plan on continuing to attend the corruption court proceedings. I do not want to be harassed when I attend. I do not wish for our bargaining unit members that choose to take a personal day to attend the hearings to be harassed.

Alex Anguiano, SEA President

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