Five teachers at Pace High School have been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into one of the teacher's racist Facebook comments.
Lisa Dillashaw, a teacher who came under fire two weeks ago after Facebook posts she made began circulating on social media, was one of the five teachers placed on administrative leave.
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Dillashaw, who is also the National Honor Society sponsor and Beta Club sponsor at Pace High School, posted a status to her private Facebook page earlier this month addressing the Black Lives Matter movement and her thoughts on race relations.
"We have had a black president. He has held office for two full terms," part of the post read. "We have black supreme court justices. We have black lawyers and surgeons and doctors and engineers and teachers and professors .. black people have just as much voice as white people. ... But ... get this .. Black people have one up on white people."
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Dillashaw went on to say that "black people are considered a minority and are eligible for minority scholarships ... NOT OUR WHITE CHILDREN. I don't hear our white children complaining."
The teacher also elaborated that she didn't believe her generation had "mistreated" Black Americans, and that she shouldn't be held liable for actions of her "great great great great great great great grandparents."
"Also, if we really want to get into detail and get petty.. I have been called a 'honky' many times! Very derogatory!" she wrote. "I have never pulled up at a bar and honked my horn to pick up my slave!"
The Santa Rosa County School District launched an investigation into Dillashaw's comments. On Thursday evening, the school board approved putting her on administrative leave, along with four other teachers at the same high school.
It was not immediately clear what the other teachers' involvement in the case might be, although Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick said at the meeting that all five were a part of the same investigation.
The other teachers placed on leave were Scott Denny, Timothy Dillashaw, Stephanie Jernigan-Watson and Valerie Wright.
Wyrosdick did not return the News Journal's request for comment Friday. He said Thursday night that he and the school board members are limited on what they can say about the pending investigation.
"This is administrative leave pending an investigation," Wyrosdick told the school board at Thursday night’s meeting after they unanimously approved all five administrative leaves. "As soon as we complete the investigation, we will take action or dismiss the leave."
'It's time to change history'
The unanimous vote to place all five teachers on leave came after about a half hour of public forum in which community members spoke out staunchly against Dillashaw's comments and demanded the school board take immediate action.
Anita Totten, who has two young children she said she hopes to be educated in the Santa Rosa County School District, called for Dillashaw to be fired immediately.
"I teach my children about racism and anti-racism. I read them Black history books," she said, addressing the school board. "And I don’t want someone in the educational field who, quite frankly, does the opposite. So my wish would be that she would be terminated. … It would be my hope that she never gets to teach again, honestly. Because those types of comments are completely unacceptable regarding an entire race."
Madeline Gonzales approached the board "as a mother" and said she didn’t see how they could allow Dillashaw to continue educating students given her point of view.
"I truly feel that, how can you guarantee our children are going to succeed? You hold this in your heart and you grade our kids’ papers?" Gonzales said.
"This isn’t going to go away," she added. "It’s time to change history."
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