SF school board receives online threats over Lowell High School admissions

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San Francisco city leaders are condemning what they say are threats against women of color on the school board.

It stems from heated debates at recent board meetings over the admissions system at the elite Lowell High School, which turned into a wider argument about racism.

One person took his anger to Facebook.

"We finally crossed the line," said Gabriela Lopez, member of the SFUSD Board of Education. "This is something we’re not willing to accept."

Lopez, who along with fellow board member, Alison Collins, was depicted in videos with a swastika superimposed on her head. Bloodied hands were shown burning their pictures. Student delegate Shavonne Hines-Foster said she has also been harassed on social media over the issue.

SFUSD Board of Education members discuss attacks on social media stemming from the controversial decision to change Lowell High School's admissions process for one year.
SFUSD Board of Education members discuss attacks on social media stemming from the controversial decision to change Lowell High School's admissions process for one year. Photo credit Kathy Novak/KCBS Radio

"This shouldn’t be our normal," Hines-Foster said. "When we discuss places like Lowell, this should be our normal that women of color and board commissioners are attacked, threatened and also harassed on the daily for speaking their mind."

The video in question has since been taken down.

Supervisor Matt Haney is among the city leaders who gathered Monday morning to condemn the virtual attack.

"This is disgusting. This is awful. This has no place in San Francisco," Haney said.

The person who posted it told KCBS Radio that he was provoked by the discussion at the board meetings, but he now sees that the video was offensive, threatening and counterproductive.