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Black vice principal in Sacramento resigns after racist harassment

A Black vice principal is resigning from the Sacramento City Unified School District, saying the district did not protect her from a series of incidents of targeted racist harassment.

According to the Sacramento Bee, the n-word was painted on a campus building near West Campus High School Assistant Principal Elysse Versher’s parking spot in November 2021. In addition, anonymous people posted a series of hateful messages to her social media accounts. The school district opened an investigation but has not announced any findings.

“Unfortunately, the district has not taken this seriously and still does not take incidents of racism and hate crimes seriously, so I have to seek accountability through the legal system,” Versher said in an interview with The Sacramento Bee.

Versher said the harassment she experienced caused multiple stress-induced seizures in November and an unsuccessful suicide attempt in December.