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Middle School Election Results on Hold as Principal Claims Winners Aren’t ‘Diverse’ Enough


A San Francisco middle school principal is withholding the results of a student-government election because she thinks the winners aren’t “diverse” enough.

Students, freely choosing among a diverse selection of candidates, apparently didn’t vote in any blacks or Hispanics. This upset Principal Lena Van Haren to the point that she wanted to stop the results from being made public until school administrators can find a solution.

Not kidding.

The San Francisco Chronicle showed great understanding and support for the principal:

Her concern for a representative student government, given the preponderance of students of color at Everett Middle School in the Mission District, may have been understandable. What she did about it, however, swiftly raised a different kind of alarm.

Van Haren decided to withhold the results of the Oct. 9 election for more than a week, saying the school community needed to figure out how to have a more representative government.

“This is complex, but as a parent and a principal, I truly believe it behooves us to be thoughtful about our next steps here so that we can have a diverse student council that is truly representative of all voices at Everett,” she told parents in an e-mail Thursday.

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