The president of the Cudahy High School Republican Club says a teacher told his group to “jump off a bridge” during a presentation last week on the Electoral College, and three club members decided to do so.
One member of the club took a screenshot of the confrontation, which was captured by another student attending the workshop, according to the Sacramento Bee.
The meeting on Wednesday began with Southern California Republican Party Chairman Steve Stivers and Rep. Devin Nunes, the California Republican who was elected majority leader of the House this year.
Surveillance footage of the meeting shows attendees asking questions, including whether there were plans to start a movement like the Tea Party.
After responding to a question about how to nominate a vice president, the conversation turned to the Electoral College. Club members who had previously expressed interest in 2020 presidential candidate Ben Carson were asked to stop discussing the issue, according to an account from Stivers, the Bee reported.
“They said there are no jobs for young people so don’t talk about it,” Stivers told the Bee. “And then he walked off and basically said jump off a bridge.”
One student confronted the teacher and asked why he did not understand the reasons that people wanted to change the system, the Bee reported. The teacher, who has not been identified, was then confronted by the high school students, who asked why he thought they needed to be told to do so. The teacher responded by saying he feared that they would “behead” a Democratic representative, according to the account of Stivers.
“This is somebody who should be standing up and saying they regret the bullying that went on,” Stivers told the Bee. “The kids were totally shocked.”
Jimenez said the students were relieved to end the session when the teacher left, but they were shocked by the conclusion.
The Cudahy Unified School District and the classroom teacher both released statements Friday to local media outlets. The teacher, who has not been identified, told local media outlets that he was disappointed that his actions were captured by an improperly captured camera, the Bee reported.
“I’m sorry this happened,” the teacher said. “It was clearly not the intended outcome, and I was saddened that the students took my views to heart.”
The teacher’s comments to the Bee follow comments Thursday from district Superintendent Thomas Landwehr, who said school officials were investigating and would address the incident “swiftly and appropriately.”
“No student should ever feel bullied, intimidated or threatened,” Landwehr said. “We do not tolerate bullying of any kind, and I want our students to know that we do not tolerate bullying. We take this very seriously and will take appropriate disciplinary action, which includes dismissal, when appropriate.”