Saturday, April 08, 2006

Assistant Principal Drives Teen to Suicide for Immigration Bill Protest

Brian
When it comes to assistant principals at junior high and high schools, there's bad and then there's Gene Bennett, who drove a fourteen-year-old to suicide with unconstitutional threats for his protest organizing:
Eighth grader Anthony Soltero shot himself on Thursday, March 30, after the assistant principal at De Anza Middle School told him that he was going to prison for three years because of his involvement as an organizer of the April 28 school walk-outs to protest the anti-immigrant legislation in Washington. The vice principal also forbade Anthony from attending graduation activities and threatened to fine his mother for Anthony's truancy and participation in the student protests."
Link (via Metafilter). Gene Bennett is the assistant principal at De Anza for at least a little while longer.

Indexed by tags politics, school, education, death, suicide, Anthony Soltero, Gene Bennett, De Anza Middle School, Ontario, California.

8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

How dare you! You don't know anything. Were you there when Bennett talked to the student? No. You have no idea what was said between Bennett and Anthony. I have worked as a counseling intern with Gene Bennett. I know him personally. He never threatens students. He tells them what their options are. Being truant is AGAINST THE LAW. Parents can and are fined when their child is truant. Bennett did not drive Anthony to suicide. Anthony was a trouble kid who needed to be evaluated. Get your facts straight before you post.

1:41 AM  
Blogger The Good Reverend said...

If these reports are true, Mr. Bennett misrepresented the truancy law and threatened harsher penalties because of the content of the student's protest.

1:29 PM  
Blogger Axion241 said...

I know Bennett personnally and he has done wonders at De Anza. He is a awesome vice principal and counselor. These aligations are false and unfactual. No matter how much people want to blame Mr Bennett, it won't bring Anthony back.

2:07 PM  
Blogger Axion241 said...

I know Bennett personnally and he has done wonders at De Anza. He is a awesome vice principal and counselor. These aligations are false and unfactual. No matter how much people want to blame Mr Bennett, it won't bring Anthony back.

2:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bet he has done 'wonders' at that school with such an attitude
Im sure he has cleaned up all those terrible
student protestors and made it such a nice lily white place to go to school now

axion is a typical school admin shill

1:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I attended De Anza Middle School from 1994 -1996. Gene Always use scare tactics against his students and was a buddy to troubled kids. He used his position to intimidated students and i am not surprised to hear what happened to Anthony.

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