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    MENLO PARK, Calif. —  South of San Francisco, the Sequoia Union High School District serves some of the Bay Area’s wealthiest communities, such as Atherton, Menlo Park and Woodside, as well as some of its neediest, including East Palo Alto, North Fair Oaks and Redwood City. On Tuesday, the school district learned it had risen into a state tier that would allow high school students, if they chose, to resume on-campus learning. At the urging of many parents, district leaders on Wednesday announced an April reopening plan. That is when things got ugly. “How many deaths will you accept as collateral for your two months of school? Can you live with that?” Alison Mock, a teacher at East Palo Alto Academy asked the district’s board of trustees in a contentious Zoom meeting on Wednesday. Reopenings of high schools in the Bay Area provide a window into conflicts sure to...
    A California teacher has provoked outrage for a tweet dismissing  "rich white parents" for their concerns about their children’s mental health amid school closures, arguing that it only feeds the kids’ "sense of entitlement." "All the rich white parents suddenly concerned about mental health can take a seat," wrote Bethany Meyer, a special education teacher with the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), in a now-deleted tweet. Meyer deleted the tweet after it angered parents.  (Twitter) "Most of them are causing their kids’ anxiety by pressuring them to complete asynchronous work and feeding into their sense of entitlement. Sorry/not sorry," read the Feb. 17 tweet in a screenshot shared by the local news website, SFGate. Meyer’s Twitter account has since been set to private mode and her tweets are only visible to her followers. It remains unclear if Meyer has faced any disciplinary action. Fox News has reached...
    More California elementary school students could begin returning to their classrooms by the spring if Gov. Gavin Newsom and lawmakers settle their differences over when teachers and staff receive COVID-19 vaccinations, an agreement the governor suggested Monday could be reached in the next few days. The moves in Sacramento come as school officials and political leaders face increasing pressure to reopen campuses that have been largely shuttered for 11 months, with political jousting breaking out in recent days in Los Angeles and San Francisco. It’s becoming clear, however, that even a gradual reopening of campuses will be directly tied to a contentious issue: Should educators get a guaranteed place in line for COVID-19 vaccinations when there are not nearly enough doses to go around? Los Angeles school chief Austin Beutner leveled his own political salvo on the vaccine issue Monday, saying that if he got 25,000 COVID-19 vaccinations he...
    A former Redlands High School student has filed a lawsuit alleging he was sexually abused by former teacher Laura Whitehurst in 2007, and that teachers, counselors and administrators failed to report it to police. In the second lawsuit filed on behalf of one of Whitehurst’s accusers, the first of which resulted in a $6 million settlement in 2016, attorneys allege more than a half-dozen Redlands Unified School District and Redlands High School administrators, counselors and teachers were aware of allegations that Whitehurst was having sexual relations with students, but failed in their obligation as mandated reporters to notify police. The lawsuit, filed Friday, Jan. 29, in San Bernardino Superior Court by the Irvine firm Manly, Stewart & Finaldi, alleges Whitehurst, a former English teacher and soccer coach, began having sex with the student in 2007, when he was 14 years old. Whitehurst admitted to police in 2013 she had sex...
    A Millikan High School teacher is on paid leave after students said pornography appeared on the screen during a virtual class on Friday, Jan. 29. Students said the teacher, Thomas Lind, was screensharing with the class before calling roll in a QUEST Senior Project class early Friday. Students reported watching a pornographic website appear on the screen while search terms related to “high school,” including “high school girls,” were typed in. Lind did not respond to multiple requests for comment on Friday and Monday, Feb. 1. “Our school district received reports today that inappropriate material was shared on screen during a distance-learning class period at Millikan High School,” Long Beach Unified School District spokesman Chris Eftychiou said in a Friday statement. “The school district has notified the school community by email that we are investigating the matter,” he said. “Administrative leave allows the school district an opportunity to investigate the...
    A California high school teacher blasted Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for allegedly flaunting his “white privilege” during President Joe Biden’s inauguration in a Monday op-ed for the San Francisco Chronicle. “Sen. Sanders is no white supremacist insurrectionist,” Ingrid Seyer-Ochi wrote. “But he manifests privilege, white privilege, male privilege and class privilege, in ways that my students could see and feel.” “Sen. Sanders is no white supremacist insurrectionist. But he manifests privilege, white privilege, male privilege and class privilege, in ways that my students could see and feel.” https://t.co/uyAGMpAuR9 — SFChronicle Opinion (@sfc_opinions) February 1, 2021 A photo of Sanders looking “grumpy chic” went viral during the inauguration and over the following week. Sanders was dressed in a taupe coat, grey pants and large mittens. Seyer-Ochi said she “puzzled and fumed” over this, opening her op-ed by identifying the pro-Trump rioters that stormed the Capitol building Jan. 6 “white...
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An effort to reopen California schools is foundering, stoking frustrations across America’s most populous state from parents eager to get their children back in classrooms and a governor who wants them there. Parents and behavioral experts say many schoolchildren are feeling helpless or depressed and need a classroom setting to improve their mental health. An exasperated Gov. Gavin Newsom told school officials last week to “pack it up” if they fail to resume in-person classes soon. Teacher unions say they won’t send their members into an unsafe environment. They want all teachers vaccinated before returning to the classroom. While Texas, Florida and New York are among states that have resumed some classroom instruction, California’s 10,000 public schools have for the most part been closed since March. As most of the state’s 6 million public school students approach a one-year anniversary of distance learning, parents are grappling...
    A teacher with the Long Beach Unified School District was arrested after being accused of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl, according to the Buena Park Police Department. John William Gunde, 46, was arrested Dec. 30 on suspicion of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, Sgt. Mario Escamilla said. Gunde is a social studies teacher at Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo High School, authorities said. He was placed on paid administrative leave, said Chris Eftychiou, a spokesman for the school district. On Dec. 13, Buena Park police said, they received information about a man having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl. Gunde allegedly began corresponding with the victim on an online messaging platform and met with the victim where a sexual relationship ensued from October to December 2020, police said. Police asked that anyone with information about the case call them at 714-562-3901; tips can be anonymously reported to...
    A California teacher was arrested for an alleged sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl that he met online, a report said. John William Gunde, 46, who taught at Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo High School in Long Beach, is accused of engaging in a relationship with the teen from last October to December, CBSLA reported , citing police. Gunde was charged with unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, the report said. On the high school’s website, Gunde was listed as a social studies teacher, though it’s unclear if he was currently teaching there, according to the report. It was not immediately clear if the victim was a student where Gunde taught.
    By JESSIE WARDARSKI | The Associated Press When Marybeth Hearn was 10, she asked her parents if she could train a puppy to become a guide dog. It turned into a lifelong mission. Over more than five decades, Hearn has raised 56 dogs to assist visually impaired people. But her legacy doesn’t end there — the longtime, recently retired high school teacher has inspired several family members and dozens of students to turn out many more. “I like doing something good for somebody I just haven’t had the chance to meet yet,” said Hearn, who on Dec. 18 ended 33 years of teaching agriculture at Lemoore High in California’s San Joaquin Valley. When she approached her parents decades ago, prospects seemed unlikely. Her mom didn’t like dogs, and her dad secretly doubted she would be able to find a sponsor to pay for the cost of the training. Hearn was...
    The state of California has failed during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide a free and equal education to all students, violating the state Constitution and discriminating against Black, Latino and low-income families, according to a lawsuit filed Monday. These children have been left behind during months of distance learning, lacking access to digital tools as well as badly needed academic and social-emotional supports, according to the lawsuit filed by the Public Counsel on behalf of California students, parents and several community organizations. The suit also alleges that students have been harmed by schools that fail to meet required minimum instructional times and to provide adequate training and support to teachers. “The State’s abdication of responsibility and insufficient response to the challenges of remote learning have denied Plaintiffs the basic educational equality guaranteed to them by the California Constitution,” the complaint said. “Because the State’s pandemic response compels families to...
    A group of teachers has rebelled against the decision by a Burbank California school district to ban a list of classic literary works tagged as “racist” by local thought police. “Think cancel culture,” writes former Burbank teacher Brian Crosby in a collection of responses published in the Los Angeles Times on November 19. “The texts of these books teach anti-racism, decency and empathy” and these “literary treasures” ought to remain as teaching tools for educators. As Breitbart News reported last week, middle and high school English teachers in the Burbank Unified School District have been forbidden from including on their curriculum Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, Theodore Taylor’s The Cay, and Mildred D. Taylor’s Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. “The Burbank Unified School District has taken an anti-education stance in halting the teaching of the...
    Linda Darling-Hammond, a leading figure in California education policy, is heading the education transition team for President-elect Joe Biden. Darling-Hammond, 68, the president of the state Board of Education, said she would not accept the job of U.S. education secretary. Still, her role as leader of the transition suggests how Biden will likely move to alter policy, emphasizing stronger support for the nation’s public schools and their teachers. The Stanford education professor emeritus has long stressed the importance of teacher quality, with research and advocacy that stresses the value of top-tier teacher preparation programs, continued professional development and retention in the profession. Going into 2020, she helped set priorities for Gov. Gavin Newsom’s increased funding for education that were sharply curtailed amid the coronavirus emergency. She is the founding president of the Palo Alto-based Learning Policy Institute and also founded the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in...
    A man reportedly broke into a northern California home during two teenagers’ remote learning class, prompting their teacher to dial 911.  The man entered the home in Galt through a window, ran through the house and then out a back door before going over a fence, KOVR-TV reported Friday. Two teenage students were near the end of their remote class at the time, and their mother was not home.  SAN FRANCISCO MAYOR HITS SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR RENAMING SCHOOLS RATHER THAN REOPENING  Teacher Jennifer Petersen said she realized something was wrong when the teenagers did not log off at the end of the lesson from their home in the community 26 miles southeast of Sacramento. Petersen told the news station she has made a habit of waiting until all her students close out of the window before ending their class sessions. “I was just watching their faces and I can see their...
    As parents express widespread dissatisfaction with distance learning, two influential California teachers unions are pushing against growing momentum to reopen schools in many communities, saying that campuses are not yet safe enough amid the pandemic. Leaders with the California Teachers Assn., with 300,000 members, and United Teachers Los Angeles, representing 30,000 in the state’s largest school district, said that districts do not have the resources to provide the level of protection they say is needed to bring teachers and children together in classrooms. “Our teachers want to be in front of the students,” said E. Toby Boyd, president of the California Teachers Assn. “We can’t do it unless it’s safe.” Their stance carries weight in the coming weeks and months as teachers’ working conditions are part of union-negotiated contracts. Unions and districts need to return to bargaining tables to work out new schedules, classroom arrangements and workloads under the safety...
    (CNN)Three ex-employees of a shuttered Northern California alternative school each face an involuntary manslaughter charge after a 2018 incident in which an autistic student died after being restrained, a prosecutor says. Guiding Hands School Executive Director Cindy Keller, Principal Staranne Meyers and special education teacher Kimberly Wohlwend each face a charge of felony involuntary manslaughter, according to a Tuesday news release from the El Dorado County District Attorney's Office. They are scheduled to be arraigned late Wednesday afternoon. CNN is trying to contact the staffers and their attorneys.Guiding Hands School Inc., which owned the now-closed private alternative school in El Dorado Hills, will also be charged with a count of felony involuntary manslaughter, according to the news release.The 13-year old boy, whose name authorities have not released, was restrained on November 28, 2018 after he became violent, the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office said.Read MoreJUST WATCHEDWest Virginia teacher and aides...
    A California public school teacher was caught on video telling his students that those who say "Make America Great Again" — the slogan from President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign — actually mean "make it kinda racist and sexist again." What are the details?According to a video tweeted by Ryan Fournier, founder and chairman of Students for Trump, Patrick Casey was teaching a freshman honors English class at Oxnard Union High School last month when he told students what the "MAGA" phrase truly means.This is who is teaching our kids. Patrick Casey, a teacher at @OxnardUnion H.S. in California told his class that… https://t.co/lO7LIW1rqW — Ryan Fournier (@Ryan Fournier)1602270097.0"White men miss the old days where they could just be a white dude who walked up and grabbed women by their genitals and nobody said anything, right?" the teacher was seen saying during the video excerpt from the class. "But you...
    Two California teachers were placed on leave after they apparently forgot to log out of a virtual class and started bad-mouthing the students. The virtual learning mishap involved two Jesse Bethel High School teachers following an English class on Thursday afternoon, news station KGO-TV reported. Footage posted to Facebook captured one of the teachers remarking to another that the students were “technologically illiterate.” “Older staff members will say these kids are so technologically advanced …and I’m like no, they’re f—-king not,” the other educator replied. The first teacher agreed saying, “The things that impress them are so sad.” “Oh, you’re impressed that a kid can record a TikTok… it’s literally one button,” the teacher continued. Chanel Bonner, a parent who recorded the conversation, said it was clear that they didn’t realize they forgot to log out of the online learning session. “Other students were still logged in, other parents were...
    A San Bernardino City Unified math teacher was charged with federal child pornography crimes on Thursday, Sept. 24, and has been placed on unpaid administrative leave during the investigation. Josue Gamaliel Vidal Quintanilla, 28, of Fontana, teaches at Shandin Hills Middle School in San Bernardino. He was arrested Wednesday morning during a search of his home, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a news release. The school district is conducting an internal investigation. Authorities did not indicate that any district children were among the suspected victims, said Maria Garcia, a spokeswoman for the district. “Counselors will be available Friday to help students and staff process news of the teacher’s arrest,” Garcia added. The district hired Quintanilla in 2018. Quintanilla is charged with one count of transportation of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. If convicted as charged, he faces a maximum sentence of 40 years...
    Udomratsak has been on bed rest for over eight weeks. Janet Udomratsak/Facebook Janet Udomratsak is starting her 11th year of teaching from a hospital room. The pregnant mother was put on bed rest, but she was determined to keep teaching until her newborn son arrived. She started the academic year teaching third graders, but after just two weeks, she was moved to another classroom at a new school. However, Udomratsak has stayed positive through it all. Her students have kept her smiling, along with her nightly calls with her son and husband.  Sign up for our new parenting newsletter Insider Parenting here. On August 17, Janet Udomratsak virtually greeted her class of 18 third graders for the first time. When the students looked at their computer screens, they spotted a smiling Udomratsak in front of a colorful "welcome" garland, calendar, and dry-erase board. What they didn't know...
    Former California teacher Rebecca Friedrichs asserted on the first evening of the Republican National Convention (RNC) that her court battle against the teachers’ unions became an even greater struggle when the Obama-Biden administration and then-California Attorney General Kamala Harris intervened to defeat her cause. In her lawsuit against the California Teachers Association, Friedrichs and her fellow plaintiff claimed a First Amendment right to withhold financial support from a union whose positions they did not share. The teachers argued they could not assert their right through the union because there is no accountability in the relationship between the union — the collective-bargaining agent — and the individuals it was authorized by law to represent. The Supreme Court heard Friedrichs’ case in late 2015, but Justice Antonin Scalia’s sudden death in February 2016 left the high court with a 4-4 tie vote. As a result, the lower court’s ruling that the union’s agency fees were...
    Rebecca Friedrichs, a veteran California teacher and school choice advocate, touted President Trump as the candidate for the education system at Monday’s opening night of the 2020 Republican National Convention — while warning against the agenda of the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris ticket. “We’ll keep fighting for the country and children we love, just like President Trump,” said Friedrichs. “He’s breaking the unions’ grip on our schools. That’s why unions have tried to destroy him since the day he was elected.” Friedrichs’ lawsuit against the California Teachers’ Association, seeking to liberate teachers from forced unionism, was argued before the Supreme Court in 2016. “Do you know who intervened against us?” she asked. “The Obama-Biden administration and California Attorney General Kamala Harris.” By contrast, she said, “President Trump isn’t afraid to fight for what’s right. He won’t back down. His courage gives great teachers renewed hope. “President Trump stands with America’s families,...
    An anonymous California teacher says she was shocked when she learned her mandated training would include material based on Karl Marx's "Critical Race Theory," which argues that data, facts, and the scientific method are exemplary of "whiteness" and are "inherently racist." She joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to reveal the details and provide documentation of the Marxist training teachers in her school district are required to complete. "A couple weeks ago, the week before school starts, we have a training. And I know this is a training on race," explained the teacher, who had her voice disguised in fear of retaliation from her union. "So, I open up the training [document] and right across the top, it says 'Critical Race Theory.' "Glenn, I wanted to quit on the spot," she said. "Or go on a crusade. Or text all my friends...
    Facebook The screenshot that Herrera-Avila took. A 13-year-old special education student was shocked when she logged into her class at San Jose’s Silver Creek High School and saw her that her teacher was shirtless, according to what she told ABC-7 News. Her mother was also shocked to discover that someone using a photo and name which matches the same teacher from the webcam incident had a Twitter account in which he commented on two tweets featuring pornographic imagery. The girl’s mother has expressed disgust, while the school district has said it is investigating the virtual webcam incident, according to ABC-7 News. Please be advised this article links to that account and to the individual’s posts, which feature sexual imagery.Herrera-Avila Snapped A Photo Before Logging Off Makaylah Herrera-Avila, a freshman, said that she was in a class with 10-15 other students when she noticed that her teacher, Richard Cabral,...
    Lynn Lorenz, a retired teacher who lives on a bluff above the Newport Beach harbor, emerged from her home Thursday morning wearing a mask. Nobody turned and stared, as if she were wearing a lampshade over her head. But Lorenz definitely stood out. On the first 15 minutes of her daily stroll, we saw more than a dozen people, and nobody was wearing a face covering. Not walkers, not runners, not dog owners, not a woman headed to the park with three kids. Lorenz said she’s gotten dirty looks from people for being masked. As if she’s the one who’s a bad neighbor. “They’re thinking either that I’m a liberal, or that in Newport Beach, having to wear a mask is an infringement on their rights,” Lorenz said. Jumping into the fray is nothing new for Lorenz. I met the former French and history teacher several years ago when she...
    David Gehrke, who represented Mary Kay Letourneau, said that Vili Fualaau cared for his ex-wife '24/7' during her final months. Gehrke's former client died on Monday The lawyer who represented Mary Kay Letourneau and grew close with his client, Vili Fualaau, and their families says that Fualaau gave his ex-wife '24/7 care' in her final moments before she died of colon cancer on Monday.  David Gehrke, who represented Letourneau throughout her trial, said that he knew that the former teacher was not doing well but he was still hurt by the news of her death.  'I ran into her once [recently]. She obviously was not vibrant, was anxious to see people and all of that. I did run into her and exchanged greetings and best wishes, and she ended up home bound, bed bound, and that's where she passed,' Gehrke explained to KIRO radio. 'She just was not out and about near...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The founder of an international music program who was accused of giving semen-tainted flutes to California elementary school students was sentenced Wednesday to 18 years in state prison, the state attorney general's office said. John Zeretzke, 61, of Ventura was sentenced in Orange County Superior Court after pleading guilty to six counts of committing lewd acts against five girls under 14. For more than 30 years, Zeretzke was a teaching artist for the Music Center of Los Angeles, during which time he would share music lessons with students at Southern California schools. In 2009, he founded Flutes Across the World, through which he contracted with schools to help children craft and decorate PVC pipe flutes. The nonprofit also participated in mission trips to share music lessons in countries such as Haiti, Honduras and the Philippines. Prosecutors alleged that in 2017, Zeretzke recorded himself ejaculating into flutes...
    SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A teacher in Northern California's South Bay region, accused of coughing on a 1-year-old boy at a San Jose Yogurtland, is no longer employed, the school district confirmed on Saturday.The district released the following statement to ABC7 News:"As many know, there have been allegations that a District employee was involved in a videotaped incident in which the person appeared to have intentionally coughed on a baby at a local Yogurtland. We want to inform our community that the District employee who was alleged to have engaged in this conduct is no longer an employee of our District. The Oak Grove School District's highest priority is the safety of our students and the well-being of all of the children in the community we serve. We do not tolerate conduct from any employee that compromises any child's safety. As we welcome our students back for learning this summer...
    A music teacher accused of giving semen-tainted flutes to elementary school students has agreed to plead guilty to state and federal charges involving various sex crimes against children, authorities said Wednesday. John Edward Zeretzke, 61, of Ventura agreed to plead guilty to a federal charge of production of child pornography, along with six state counts of lewd or lascivious acts with minors under 14 years of age. Zeretzke pleaded not guilty to the state charges in April 2019. The Orange County Register reported that state attorneys accused Zeretzke of recording himself ejaculating into flutes that were then distributed to five girls at elementary schools across Los Angeles and Orange counties; he then took photos of the girls using the flutes. Court records show the alleged violations occurred between January and April 2017. Federal charges brought against Zeretzke in June 2018 included five counts of sex crimes against children. The Times...
    A woman caught on camera intentionally coughing in a baby's face at a California yogurt shop is reported to be a special education teacher.   Surveillance footage of the incident, which occurred June 12 inside a Yogurtland in San Jose, quickly went viral and set off a public search for the suspect.  Posts on social media claim the woman claim the culprit is employed with the Oak Grove School District in San Jose - although police are yet to confirm those allegations.  A woman caught on camera intentionally coughing in a baby's face at a California yogurt shop is reported to be a special education teacher. She is said to work with the Oak Grove Public School District. Police have not publicly confirmed her identity  Nonetheless, the school district released a statement Thursday slamming the 'despicable' act and claiming the suspect is off work until police provide further information.  'The...
    A Southern California teacher was shot in the leg with a pellet gun Tuesday during a preschool graduation celebration, authorities said. Teachers and parents were enjoying a drive-thru year-end parade around 11:35 a.m. at Oak View Preschool in Huntington Beach at the time of the incident, police said. Some teachers wore costumes and parents honked their car horns as they drove by. Someone then reportedly yelled “shut up,” possibly upset at the honking cars, according to Gina Clayton-Tarvin, president of the Ocean View School District. A teacher then felt “something in her leg and saw a little bit of blood,” Huntington Beach Police Department Officer Angela Bennett told KTTT-TV . “The other teacher came over to me and said, ‘I think I’ve been shot,’” teacher Kathy Blythe told KABC-TV. “I said ‘What? She goes ‘I think I’ve been shot!’ She had blood all around here and a little hole...
    A Southern California teacher was shot in the leg with a pellet gun Tuesday during a preschool graduation celebration, authorities said. Teachers and parents were enjoying a drive-thru year-end parade around 11:35 a.m. at Oak View Preschool in Huntington Beach at the time of the incident, police said. Some teachers wore costumes and parents honked their car horns as they drove by. Someone then reportedly yelled “shut up,” possibly upset at the honking cars, according to Gina Clayton-Tarvin, president of the Ocean View School District. A teacher then felt “something in her leg and saw a little bit of blood,” Huntington Beach Police Department Officer Angela Bennett told KTTT-TV. “The other teacher came over to me and said, ‘I think I’ve been shot,'” teacher Kathy Blythe told KABC-TV. “I said ‘What? She goes ‘I think I’ve been shot!’ She had blood all around here and a little hole [in her...
    A Southern California teacher was shot in the leg with a pellet gun Tuesday during a preschool graduation celebration, authorities said. Teachers and parents were enjoying a drive-thru year-end parade around 11:35 a.m. at Oak View Preschool in Huntington Beach at the time of the incident, police said. Some teachers wore costumes and parents honked their car horns as they drove by. Someone then reportedly yelled "shut up," possibly upset at the honking cars, according to Gina Clayton-Tarvin, president of the Ocean View School District. A teacher then felt "something in her leg and saw a little bit of blood," Huntington Beach Police Department Officer Angela Bennett told KTTT-TV. "The other teacher came over to me and said, 'I think I've been shot,'" teacher Kathy Blythe told KABC-TV. "I said 'What? She goes 'I think I've been shot!' She had blood all around here and a little hole [in her thigh]." CLICK HERE TO GET THE...
    A California school teacher has issued an apology for her vile rant at a Black Lives Matter protester that was caught on camera.  Carrie Maxwell says her moment of “anxiety, frustration and panic” was triggered in part by news coverage of peaceful protests turning into riots and looting. So when she heard demonstrators gathering near her home in northwest Bakersfield on Friday, she attempted to shut it down.  Maxwell initially called police but was told there was nothing they could do, WJTV.com reports. That’s when she decided to take matters into her own hands.   Erika Baze and her daughter were part of the group of protestors who gathered over the death of Gorge Floyd and police brutality. As they were wrapping up for the evening and heading back to their car, they were confronted by Maxwell, who told them they weren’t welcome in the area.  RELATED: Virginia man who drove...
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