January 14th, 2013

SF School District bullying of teachers: United Public Workers for Action

From United Public Workers for Action announcing Jan. 17 press conference at SF Unified School District HQ regarding retaliation against UESF teachers, specifically Tobias Crane, who complained about former Martin Luther King Middle School principal, Natalie Eberhard. (415) 867-0628


Trouble at MLK Middle School seems rooted on bullying tactics of principal Eberhard.

On the anniversary of 2013 Martin Luther King’s birthday the San Francisco Unified School District under the control of Superintendent Richard Carranza is seeking to fire 40 year UESF member from MLK 63-y.o. Tobias Caine with a Skelly hearing. Tobias was injured requiring surgery last February when the principal at MLK personally intervened to sit on a student in an act of physical abuse. The principal Natalie Eberhard fell on Caine injuring him and now the district is seeking to fire not Eberhard but Tobias Caine.

This incident was part of a massive bullying campaign at the school against Tobias and 16 other teachers and staff who were driven out of the school by Natalie Eberhard, Assistant Principal Anthony Braxton and Associate Superintendent of Middle Schools Jeannie Pon. After this incident Tobias and other whistleblowers were retaliated against by the management of the district who also refused to make a full investigation of the incident.

In fact, despite the fact that Superintendent Richard Carranza said a full investigation had been done, Tobias Caine, SEIU 1021 member and school secretary Nancy Saloou and UESF teacher Linda Cooks who were aware of the incident and some were even witnesses to the incident they were never interviewed by the school district in their “investigation”. Assistant Principal Anthony Braxton actually produced a report that lied about the incident stating that Caine had been injured by the student who was sat on by the principal.
This criminal cover-up of this abuse incident has now led to a criminal investigation about the incident after police reports were filed.
At the same time the Superintendent has stated that these allegations were “slander”.

The installation of Principal Natalie Eberhard who has a record of bullying at A.P. Giannini and other schools also as her first act at MLK Middle School gave away the band instruments and eliminated the music and art program at the school. Is this a way to commemorate MLK at a school of a high percentage of Black and Latino students? Parents have protested, too.

The school is also part of the SERP program funded by the Bechtel Corporation and other “non-profits” pushing “core standards” more testing and privatization. While Bechtel and other billionaire foundations like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Broad Foundation have money for more testing and charters they apparently have no money to make sure that the music and art program is defended and counselors stay at this public school.

It is time for an investigation and prosecution of Principal Eberhard, Assistant Principal Anthony Braxton, Associate Superintendent Jeannie Pon and Superintendent Richard Carranza.

Call the District Attorney George Gascón and ask him to prosecute these bullies and the criminal cover-up of physical abuse of students at the school.

Let us honor the birthday of MLK by demanding justice for the students, staff and parents of Martin Luther King Middle School in 2013.

Stop the Firing Of UESF Member Tobias Caine (security officer) Here is his testimony at a SFUSD Board meeting.

Restore the Music and Arts Program At MLK

Return All Bullied Education Workers At MLK

For full investigation and criminal prosecution of criminal child abuse Stop Union Busting and Racism in San Francisco Martin Luther King Middle School

United Public Workers For Action

To endorse this action or receive more information (415) 867-0628


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