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She said Kobe Bryant’s death was ‘karma.’ She just resigned from her job

A high school principal resigned after her controversial comments about Kobe Bryant

Liza Sejkora, now-former principal of Camas High School in Camas, Washington, went viral after she posted on Facebook about Bryant’s death. In this March 10, 2016 file photo, Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, left, and Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James wait for play to resume during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles.
Liza Sejkora, now-former principal of Camas High School in Camas, Washington, went viral after she posted on Facebook about Bryant’s death. In this March 10, 2016, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, left, and Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James wait for play to resume during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles.
Danny Moloshok, Associated Press

The high school principal who called Kobe Bryant’s death “karma” resigned from her job this week, ABC News reports.

What happened?

  • Liza Sejkora, the now-former principal of Camas High School in Camas, Washington, went viral detailing her post on Facebook about Bryant’s death. She said: “Not gonna lie. Seems to me that karma caught up with a rapist today.”
  • The post was a reference “to a 2003 sexual assault accusation against Bryant. The criminal charge was dropped. Bryant acknowledges that while he viewed the encounter as consensual, his accuser did not. Bryant later settled a civil suit with his accuser,” according to CNN.
  • Bryant died on Jan. 26 in a helicopter crash, which also killed his daughter, Gianna Bryant, and seven others, as I wrote for the Deseret News.
  • She deleted the post. She wrote a separate message that read: “You are free to judge me for the post just as I am free to judge the person the post was about.”

How did she apologize?

  • Sejkora apologized over her comments, admitting regret.
  • “I have some personal experience that generated the visceral reaction,” Sejkora told KATU. “This was a situation where I didn’t think before I posted, and I’m terribly regretful about that.”

How did she resign?

  • Sejkora resigned last Friday, according to ABC News.
  • Sejkora said in a statement: “Students and staff deserve to have a learning environment free of disruptions.”

What’s next?

  • Superintendent Jeff Snell told KPTV in a statement that the school wants to rebuild trust in the community.
  • Snell: “As a school district staff we strive to model a high standard for students. This situation did not meet that standard. We do appreciate Dr. Sejkora’s acknowledgment and will work to support her in rebuilding trust with the community she serves.”