The principal of a Washington state high school who called Kobe Bryant a “rapist” and said “karma” had caught up to the NBA legend on social media following his death resigned Friday, the Camas School District superintendent confirmed, NBC News reported.
Liza Sejkora, former principal at Camas High School, was placed on leave this week over a now-deleted Facebook post that read, “Not gonna lie. Seems to me that Karma caught up with a rapist today” on Jan. 26.
Bryant died last month in a helicopter crash in southern California alongside his 13-year-old daughter and seven others.
Camas School District Superintendent Jeff Snell said in a Friday statement that he had accepted her resignation in the wake of the public backlash over the post.
“This has been a tumultuous week, however, I’ve been impressed with the level of professionalism our staff members have displayed as well as the caring and compassion from our families,” Snell said, NBC News reported.
“Our students and staff did not ask to be put in this situation,” Snell said in the letter, adding that “they deserve the space to move forward.”
Sejkora said in the statement that, “Students and staff deserve to have a learning environment free of disruptions.”
Sekjora also sent a letter to students and families in the school district earlier this week apologizing for the post, which she called “inappropriate and tasteless.”
“On January 26 after news broke of Kobe Bryant’s death, I made a comment to my private social media which was a personal, visceral reaction,” she wrote. “I want to apologize for suggesting that a person’s death is deserved. It was inappropriate and tasteless. Further, I apologize for the disruption it caused to our learning environment today.”
“While what I wrote was posted on a private Facebook account to people who are my friends and was quickly removed, I acknowledge that private does not always mean private,” she continued. “I love being principal at Camas High School. We have tremendous students, staff, and community. I’ve learned an important lesson and I hope that I can earn your trust back.”
The former principal told a local CNN affiliate that she had “some personal experience that generated the visceral reaction.”
“This was a situation where I didn’t think before I posted, and I’m terribly regretful about that,” Sekjora said.
Bryant was charged with felony sexual assault in 2003 after a 19-year-old woman accused him of rape. However, prosecutors dropped the case after the accuser declined to testify. The two later settled out of court in a civil lawsuit.