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Teacher accused of calling student 'Jew boy' may be fired

October 17, 2011 |  8:09 am

A member of the La Cañada Flintridge school board is calling for the ouster of a La Cañada High School math teacher who allegedly addressed a ninth-grade geometry student as "Jew boy."

School board member Cindy Wilcox said she filed a formal complaint — as a member of the public — against teacher Gabrielle Leko in June, saying she heard from numerous families of students at the school who were unhappy with Leko but weren't willing to go on record with a complaint.

"When I talked to the families and said 'Would you please file a complaint?' their response is, 'She teaches all the high-level classes. … We are going to see her again, and furthermore the siblings are likely to see her again. This is a teacher you just don’t want to make upset,' " Wilcox told the La Cañada Sun.

Leko did not respond to requests for comment.

In a statement, La Cañada Unified School District Supt. Wendy Sinnette said the district was looking into the allegations.

"The La Cañada Unified School District is committed to both academic excellence and the promotion of every student's social, emotional and developmental health and well-being," Sinnette said. "As such, allegations of this type are taken very seriously and thoroughly reviewed consistent with existing procedures established by the district's board policies and collective bargaining agreements."

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-- Megan O'Neil, Times Community News

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