Teacher who bragged about turning students into revolutionaries to get fired
California high school teacher caught on camera boasting he has ‘180 days to turn them [his students] into Revolutionaries” will be fired by the school district, the Natomas Unified School District said in a letter Wednesday.
A Project Veritas video captured Inderkum High School AP government teacher Gabriel Gipe explaining on camera his plans to politically radicalize and indoctrinate his students with his antifa-aligned far-left ideology.
The Natomas Unified School District said in a letter that it spent two days investigating Gipe’s actions and his classroom environment. The district placed Gipe on paid leave on Wednesday, but the district said it would then place him on unpaid leave before firing him.
“In this video, a teacher from Inderkum High School was recorded sharing his educational approach that is disturbing and undermining public trust,” the Natomas Unified School District letter read. “By taking a day and a half to investigate beyond the video, the district was able to learn more key facts for next steps.”
The Natomas Unified School District learned that Gipe violated the district’s political action guidelines which outline what staff can and cannot do while teaching. Gipe received and opened copies of these guidelines in 2018 as well as September 2020, according to the letter.
“For example, in addition to the inappropriate statements in the video, the teacher posted a sign supporting a personal decision for at least one local political issue, and possibly more,” the letter reads.
Gipe’s classroom was cleared of all posters and signage on Wednesday morning, according to the letter. On its walls, it hung an Antifa flag, a Pride flag, a poster of Mao Zedong, a flag of North Korea’s ruling party and a Planned Parenthood flyer, according to Pictures.
The Natomas Unified School District said Gipe bought stamps with his own money that included “an inappropriate image of Josef Stalin with an insensitive phrase, as well as other stamps featuring Fidel Castro, Kim Jung Un and others” .
The district’s investigation confirmed “that for at least 13 days this school year, he was using these stamps to mark student work as complete.”
The district also confirmed that Gipe encouraged students to attend events for extra credit, which isn’t unusual, but the district said some of the events shared by Gipe included sometimes dangerous activities. “The lack of parental involvement in this type of sharing was both unprofessional and irresponsible.”
Some current and former students have expressed support for Gipe on social media, but the district said it also listens to students who share their discomfort with their teacher’s opinions or actions. The district has apologized to students who have felt uncomfortable in Gipe’s classroom for the past three years.
“Some students shared that the teacher said he thought students would move left following his class,” the letter read. “This is unacceptable.”
The district said history and social studies teachers must teach content that may be controversial, but that district policy makes it clear that “teaching must be presented in a balanced manner that does not favor any point of particular view”.
Teachers should present content without bias or favor their personal beliefs and share facts with consideration for different perspectives, the letter says. “This teacher crossed that line and violated that trust.”
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