Santa Ana High School Students Walk Out To Protest Principal’s Resignation

SANTA ANA (CBS) — Nearly 300 Valley High School students walked out of school for about 40 minutes this afternoon to protest the resignation of their principal.

Principal Felicity Swerdlow had been the principal at Valley High School since the fall of 2009 when she resigned Monday, effective immediately.  School officials cannot reveal the reasons for her resignation.  Swerdlow was immediately replaced with the Principal of Carr Intermediate – a feeder school for Valley High — Patrick Yrarrazaval- Correa, who was met with the walkout his first day on the job.

“We believe it could be related to the transition of leadership taking place this week,” said Angela Burrell of the Santa Ana Unified School  District.

“Obviously (Yrarrazaval-Correa) knows the community and the students  and he’s got a track record of academic success so we’re looking for him to  bring that to Valley High,”

Students walked out of class at 1 p.m. and after approximately 40 minutes, school officials were able to herd them back to class.  According to school officials, the students could face detentions or suspensions, but each case will be handled individually.

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  • FN Cee

    Time to suspend all of them for the rest of the year and deny passing to the next grade level … let their parents babysit them for a few months.

    • steve

      Yeh, that makes a lot of sense. Let’s punish them for expressing their concern discontent with the issue by punishing them. Your logic is flawed. Free your mind, don’t be so shallow, be color blind and the rest will follow. Awww yehhhhhh hooooooooooooooo!

      • steve

        @ Onclewille it’s all about race. Free your mind, and the rest will follow, be colorblind don’t be so shallow. Mister Wennnnnndellllllll yeahhhh yeh. A skippity scoop bippity boop I am a true fu shnik!

      • Onclewillie

        It makes excellent sense. Why feed the kid’s sense of entitlement to break the rules? Let them learn that there are consequences to their actions. What does being color blind have to do with anything? I saw no mention that race was an issue in the article.

        I can’t imagine why someone would protest a resignation? That is just silly.

    • robert

      in my words of mine i think its really stupid how many students think their doing it for the right reasons it makes me laugh when some of the “valley kids” cause thats what they are little kids who dont know to handle things right. i go to valley but not gonna waist y energy to do something which i think has no hope on bring her back. be smart not dumb knowing we have dumb people wanna DITCH!!!! not walk out. come on grow up were not that good on walking out!! dont inmate what you cant do!!!

      • jose

        Its sad to hear that you believe that she can’t come back.. I guess it will be easy for anyone to violate your rights, since your not ever going to try and fight for them. Ya you are right, they were stupid kids that unfortunately took advantage of the situation to just switch and perhaps you are right that she might not come back, but please don’t give up. Maybe we can make it come back but at least we can make it clear to the almighty district that they should not just fire someone because it does not benefit them (even though it does benefit the school). You know that the district only cares about themselves not the students. If they care so much about the students Santa Ana would not be in the position it is now. Yes maybe don;t have great students, but trust me, they can become better people if they see someone cares about them, bc usually no one cares about them at home and thats why they end up like this.

  • drozone69

    They did as told.They are students bieng instructed,pawns for the teachers union.Gee the teachers are telling us we can walk out of class?Duh o.k.They are victims of mismanagment.

  • Moe

    did the students have a reason? there is no reason mentioned in the article so this article stinks.

  • Jerry Atricks

    FN Cee. Gee that’s a great idea. Let’s PUNISH them for standing up for what they believe in (assuming they are not pawns as drozone69 suggested), even though EVERY GOOD PARENT is supposed to teach them to do just that. *sarcasm*

    I hope you end up in a cheap nursing home.

  • the patriots

    i think its more to this replacement than meets the eye. perhaps she was more americanize than this replecament. HINTS THE RACE OF THE PRINCIPAL.

  • Lopez

    Resigned immediately, probably some sort of misconduct with students.

  • YA RLY

    She probably called one of the students an anchor baby. A lot of kids in Santa Ana Unified are.

  • Mr. T

    The school is unable to suspend close to 300 students. The school would lose a lot of money. The district would also forbade them to do so.

  • Ward C.

    Baby, when I think about you, I think about lllooooooooo oohhh uuhhh ovvvvvee. Darling, can’t live without you, and your llloooooo oohhhhh uhhhhhh ovvvvvee. That’s from the senior class to their principal. We love you Mrs.Cleaver!! Please come back to the our school and the Beav!!

  • Pathetic Enablers

    “Obviously (Yrarrazaval-Correa) knows the community and the students”

    What I’m getting out of this is that she was pushed out of her job because she was too white. Because the community is largely Hispanic, it would be better to have a Hispanic principal who “knows the community”.

    Yeah, about that. I don’t think making the school more “chicano friendly” will help Santa Ana’s ranking as being in the Top Ten Cities with students who can’t pass the 9th grade exam.

    • Been Around the Block

      The principal before Swerdlow was Hispanic and he’s now a football coach. The average parental education level for VHS students is grade 1. Think about, until SA wakes up and smells the coffee, things will never change! You are serving a population of low socioeconomic students, most of whom have immigrated to the US from Mexico and we expect these students to assimilate into our culture and maintain above average grades. IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN PEOPLE!

  • Susie Q

    Most of those kids aren’t smarter than a fifth grader!

  • Lis

    You’re all morons… If any of you were smarter than 5th graders you would know that these students’ actions are protected by the 1st ammendment. High school students have the “right” to assemble peacefully and walk-out. They did what was their CONSTITUTIONAL right. The district cannot suspend them for peaceful demonstration. And another thing: I am so disgusted at the constant racial slurs and immigration comments on this site. I thought KFWB listeners were classier people… Guess I’ll have to find my news elsewhere. So sad.

    • Pathetic Enablers

      School officials also have a right to take administrative measures when the students return from their truancy. Unless the students were expressly prohibited from walking out, no one’s 1st amendment rights were being walked on.

      The only thing being walked on are your feelings. Since you feel so strongly about a racial demographic’s (self created) plight and are anti-accountability, I’d ask for you to pay the share of my taxes that go towards supporting national mediocrity… but I know you’d rather shift that burden to the honest hard working people who aren’t deluded by idealistic Robin Hood mentality/utter nonsense.

    • J.Belushi

      “Classier people”? LMAO!! Get lost and get off your high horse. Please do read your news elsewhere, you’re not welcome here. Good riddance.

    • Sara

      Liz, please excuse those of us who refuse to sit idly by and watch our state be bankrupted and our nation overrun.

  • Lis

    @ Sara: “OUR nation” Really? Let’s ask the Native Americans what they have to say about that.

    • Pathetic Enablers

      I propose you give your house and all of your belongings to a Native American on the principle that the country’s foundations are illegitimate, therefore invalidated all of your personal rights and property.

      Pass me the peace pipe, I want some of the “classy” stuff you’ve been smoking that makes you highly educated and not prone to making completely ignorant, fallacious arguments.

    • Sara

      LMAO!!Really, the Native American argument? Newsflash, native Americans weren’t the first to set foot in North America. I’m all for LEGAL immigration, but illegal immigration is ruining our country. Excuse me and forgive me if I’m not willing to give up my country so some illegal immigrants can live here. And please stop with the Native American comment. Europeans made America what it is, not the Native Americans.

      • Feed Up!

        Nicely put! Finally someone who says it like it is. I too am so tired of yeilding to these left winged idiots and tired of looking at and supporting illegal immirgants. If we took all the $$ from SAUSD that is spent on educating illegals and truly helped the children of legal American Citizens-problem solved! These students are feed, educated, get their medical care for free… When was the last time you got to go to the doctor, have your prenatal and childbirth paid for, got WIC and food stamps to pay for your food, diapers and formula, received free medical care, sent your kids to school for free, had 2-3 meals per day provided free of charge at school, had assistance with your rent and paid no income tax?

  • Lis

    @ Belushi: If you are the one that speaks for KFWB, how sad. I never realized that because I chose to be educated, thougthtful, reflective and anti-ignorant, that it would out me on a “high horse”. It’s people like you that make me think there is no hope for the human race. Sad.

    • Sara

      Well it’s people like you that make me think there’s no hope for the future of America.

    • William

      @Liz, America is no longer in any position to be providing for anyone but its citizens. As cruel as you think it may be,that’s just the way it is. I think most people are sick and tired of the way things are. CA is bankrupt and jobs are nowhere to be found. Also,take a look at the LAPD’s Most Wanted list. Notice anything?

      • lol

        Lis and the people on the Most Wanted list have something in common: they are both under the impression that there is an easy shortcut to problems that require over a generation of work to resolve. Impatient, unrealistic, and unwilling to work for anything.

        It’s in my belief that America has already provided an amazing number of benefits and entitlements to legal citizens. Probably too many, in that many people are now unwilling to make reasonable efforts to improve their condition, and would rather put more effort into having hissy fits complaining about fairness.

    • Mark

      You’re not “anti-ignorant”, you’re a complete moron who is in denial because you’ve been brainwashed to be politically correct. You’re sitting by and literally watching California and other states be overtaken by illegal aliens. Why are they not held to the same laws that legal immigrants are? We’re just supposed to sit back and take it, because doing something about it would be “ignorant”? What a joke, go hug a tree.

  • dunno

    lol i go to dhat skewl :P u guys keep talking smack cuz no one cares!!

  • Gangstaz

    Did you know that all principals in the district known she will be “kick out” a month ago.
    Did you know the school was improved 49 points on the API last year?

  • low performing school

    Many low performing schools get extra federal dollars. If the scores were legit. Maybe the district was too afraid the school would lose those dollars. Sometimes the district wants improvement… just not too much.

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  • Rosemary

    I have worked with Mrs. Swerdlow; she was my mentor and encouraged me to continue my education and earn a Master’s degree and an administrative credential. She also taught me how important research-driven instruction and data is, especially in these highly political times.

    This woman truly believes that “No Child Should Be Left Behind” regardless of racen gender, or socio-economic status.

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