District taking steps to fire Natomas teacher over controversial comments

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — A Natomas Unified School District teacher has been placed on leave due to a video of him making controversial comments.

Dozens of parents on Wednesday night showed up to a board meeting to let the district know they wanted the teacher removed from Inderkum High School, and the district and the board listened.

“It’s just as bad as we were told it would be,” said Superintendent Chris Evans.

The video was made by a group, which secretly recorded Inderkum High School teacher Gabriel Gipe. 

In the video, he expresses support for ​antifa. He was also recorded saying he has 180 days to turn his students into revolutionaries.

“It looked really bad,” Evans said. “It appeared to be that a teacher was teaching a government class, a U.S. government class, from a very biased perspective.”

“As educators, your job is academics — not morals, not values, religion, political ideologies or anything outside of academics,” said one parent at the public meeting.

Calls were made to take action.

“I never knew if he was a Republican or Democratic​, or if she was conservative or liberal. And that’s the type of discussion I expect in our social studies classes in this district,” said parent Richard Gilbert.

Gipe was placed on paid administrative leave from the high school, and Evans sa​id he will eventually be fired.

“I’m not going to give you a date ​’cause we still have to finish the follow-up investigations,” Evans said, referring to the firing of Gipe.

Evans said Gipe has been a teacher in the district for about three years and has gotten some support from his students. But even with the support, Evans said the teacher’s comments violated board policy.

There are no records of formal complaints against Gipe, according to Evans. But he is encouraging parents and teachers to speak up again if they continue to have concerns.

FOX40 reached out to Gipe but he did not respond.

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