Thursday, October 28, 2021

East High students call out principal, wage walkout to support survivors of sexual assault

“(Livi) can’t tell us what the politics was,” she said. “To be honest, I’m only looking for a new director because our director handled it badly.”

“We’re tired of Mr. Leavey giving us roundabout answers. Without telling us what we need to know, the speakers shouted into a megaphone. “Now the school is using us and not giving us the justice we deserve. … (District) politics does not give victims the justice they deserve. “

Castaneda said rumors of the attack began to spread throughout the school Monday through Wednesday morning.

“There were boys in the school who made fun of the whole incident and made it look like it wasn’t,” she said. “Girls left their classes because they didn’t feel safe.”

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Castaneda’s father, Tony Castaneda, also attended the student support rally.

“The children told me that they felt in danger and did not feel safe at school because the alleged attacker was free to walk the corridors,” he said. “I don’t know what the actual policy of the administration is. Obviously, this is not enough. “

Tony Castaneda said the school should have some kind of protection for witnesses to such events.



Students gather on the front lawn of Eastern High School Wednesday to support victims of sexual assault.


ELIZABETH BEYER, STATE JOURNAL


Leavey apologized for his response to students who raised concerns about sexual assault – during a meeting that took place on Friday before the alleged attack on Saturday – in an email to families on Wednesday morning, ahead of the strike.

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