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Teacher accused of calling student ‘Jew boy’ may leave district

December 27, 2011 |  2:53 pm

The La Cañada Unified school board members again took no formal action on a complaint filed against high school math teacher Gabrielle Leko, who allegedly called a student a "Jew boy."

The board unanimously agreed to direct legal counsel to reach a settlement with Leko that "would result in the employee's separation from the District," the La Cañada Valley Sun reported.

In addition, Leko's current students will have the option to switch to another class at the beginning of the second semester. Officials have placed a substitute teacher in the classroom with Leko.

This is the third meeting the board has held on the issue. In June, Cindy Wilcox, a board member at the time, filed a formal complaint with the district, alleging that Leko called a ninth-grade geometry student "Jew boy" and made other racial slurs.

Wilcox is a former board member, who declined to run for reelection when her term expired.

She and parent Debra Archuleta, the sole parent to add her name to Wilcox's comment, were the only audience members on Monday. The meeting was closed to public comment.

"I'm in favor of them reaching a settlement with the teacher, and I'm pleased to see them offering an alternative option to students for the second semester," said Wilcox. "I think they're headed in the right direction.


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