INSANE: School Suspends Student Elections Because ‘Not Enough Minorities Won’
A middle school principal is withholding the results of a recent student body election because they ‘weren’t diverse enough.’
Principal Lena Van Haren of Everett Middle School in San Francisco, Calif., said the candidates who were elected ‘weren’t representative’ of the ‘diverse student body.’
“That is concerning to me because as principal I want to make sure all voices are heard from all backgrounds,” she said in a letter to parents.
Van Haren also said she was calling a meeting with the student candidates and officials on Wednesday to decide how to make the election results ‘more diverse.’
The letter, of course, sparked outrage from parents.
“That should have been something [discussed] prior to elections and prior to the campaigning process,” parent Bianca Gutierrez told KTVU, adding that her son who was running in the election is now discouraged and no longer wants to be part of the process. “If we can’t teach them the right way it’s supposed to work, then we are really just letting our kids down.”
“My heart goes out to the kids because they’re confused still about the issue.”
And they should be because this is not how free elections work; the student body should decide who will represent them, not election officials.