SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO (CBSLA) — Parents of students at an Orange County high school are firing back a principal who called some of their children racist, and they’re asking he get reprimanded for what they see as undue and unprofessional criticism.

Santa Ana High Principal Jeff Bishop claimed this week he saw posters reading “We Love White” and “Build the Wall” at last Friday’s game against Aliso Niguel. He also said a small number of kids said, “It’s not a great day to be Mexican now, is it?” Many of his students are Latino, and he took it upon himself to make his disappointment known on social media.

Both schools issued statements Wednesday saying they were trying to find common ground, but parents of Aliso Niguel students said Bishop is making that difficult.

“It’s fairly insulting to have somebody in a position of authority malign our children,” parent Dave Harrington told the San Juan Capistrano Unified School District board. “They’ve got enough going on without having to have some adult do this to them.”

“Mr. Bishop’s continued Facebook posts and quotes in other media outlets are inflammatory and could endanger the safety of my children and other students,” echoed another parent.

The students also spoke for themselves.

“Under no circumstance should an adult who leads the youth and constructs their moral compass and perspective be able to profanely attack a parent or another person,” said Maryam Izadshenas. “A staff member should never resort to share their grievances on social media where only one narrative or side can be shown and easily manipulated by others.”

Parents want Bishop to face some type of disciplinary action for his accusation that things such as students chanting “USA! USA!,” were racist. For example, they said he failed to acknowledge that along with the “We Love White” posters, there were also “We Love Red” and “We Love Blue” posters.

“Certainly, when the [Associated Student Body] made signs that said, ‘We Love Red,’ ‘We Love White,’ and ‘We Love Blue,’ they did not mean to infer [sic] that we love communism, we love white people more than other people,” said one parent.

A spokesperson with the Santa Ana Unified School District superintendent’s office told CBS2 News they could not confirm what Bishop posted on social media, but they did say he would no longer be speaking to the media.

Comments (3)
  1. Jean Bowers Poppa says:

    bull pucky; you are only reporting the Aliso Niguel side…and it appears David Harrington and others are the bullies – bullying SAHS principal…why should the principal be discipline for telling the truth through social media; Mr. Harrington, you be the hispanc on that football field when everyone yells USA USA when the other team scores or you see signs that say build that wall. THE person at fault is the one who did not announce at the game the purpose of segregating the red right and blue signs; no one should have been allowed in that had a sign that said build the wall; and the ANHS player needs to learn not to say insulting racist remarks to the players as they pass each other. Good for SAHS principal for voicing his comments – fight the bullies that were voicing racism at the game.

  2. Jay Gee says:

    Chanting USA is not racist, it is our country’s slogan which is comprised of all races. Only people who hate the “USA, our country, or are truly racist would ever take the chanting USA as racist. Only a racist would take a sign reading, “We like Red, We like White, and We Like Blue” and try and say it said, “We like Whites” then try and take the high ground. Racist always try to use race to bully people and from the outside it sure looks like it here.

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