LAUSD Superintendent Reacts To Employee’s Controversial ‘Occupy LA’ Remarks

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The “Occupy Wall Street” movement is now global with protests popping up in cities across the country and around the world, including here in the Southland. There were concerns Monday night from Jewish leaders that some of the protesters were expressing anti-Semitic messages. Witnesses say they’ve seen demonstrators carrying signs that read, “Jews Control Wall Street” and similar statements circulating online.

One local teacher has lost her job after making controversial comments against Jews while protesting.

“I think that the Zionist Jews that are running these big banks and the Federal Reserve, which is not run by the federal government, need to be run out of this country,” said protester Patricia McAllister.

In response to McAllister’s remarks, LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy released the following statement:

“As Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), I want to emphasize that we condemn the remarks made recently by Patricia McAllister. Her comments, made during non-work time at a recent protest rally, were her private opinions and were not made in the context of District services. At LAUSD, we recognize that the law is very protective of the freedom of speech rights of public employees when they are speaking as private citizens during non-working time. As a day-to-day substitute teacher, Ms. McAllister was an at-will employee. As of today, she is no longer an employee of the LAUSD. I further emphasize to our students, who watch us and look to us for guidance, to be role models and to represent the ideals by which LAUSD lives, that we will never stand for behavior that is disrespectful, intolerant or discriminatory.”

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  1. jk says:

    What do they mean “at will employee”? Does that mean that teachers give up thier right to freedom as soon as they accept a job with the district?

  2. alex says:

    You shouldn’t be intolerant just of peoples right to be human – we are all racist in some way. So what that’s what makes us different from each other. How we think how we act. It’s what makes us individuals. It’s the basis for human beings and essentially our existence.

    Theres an old joke about a guy that goes in for his physical and he doesn’t eat red meat, have sex, smoke cigars or get angry and the doctor basically tells him it shouldn’t then matter how much time he has left.

    That’s what these instances draw us closer to, an unthinking unfeeling herd or automatons that for all intensive purpose are no longer alive.

  3. ALFRED SONG says:

    Is thiis guy, John Deasy a JEW? If so, he showed arrogant and yet histerical reaction to the teacher! My God! Kick this guy out of the position! LAUSD must respect the Constitution that guarantees civil rights and freedom of speech. Even after mentioning it, he fired her? LAUSD did what it should NOT! Besides, what she said was ABSOLUTELY RIGHT! EVERYONE KNOWS IT. Restore her and FIRE this despicable F#%khead JOHN DEASY! GOD!

    1. noneoff says:

      The remarks that Shirley McAllister made are akin to the attitudes of WWII Nazi Germany. While Shirley McAllister certainly has the right to speak her mind, it is not always the best thing. There is a saying; “It is better to keep one mouth shut and be thought of as a fool then to open ones mouth and remove all doubt”. Her remarks are anti-Semitic and inflammatory.

  4. John says:

    No, teachers don’t give up their right to freedom any more than any other employee. ANY employee can be terminated for not maintaining the employer’s moral standards or hurts their image. Just ask any sports player, actor / actress, politician, talk show host, nude fireman, Miss America, and on and on. She was not terminated; she was employed on a on call basis. They just won’t be calling her any more.

  5. charlie says:

    was it true ? Is that why a phone call was made, and she was fired almost immediately ?

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