VISALIA, California (KSEE) – Black Lives Matter signs attached to a high school fence in Visalia were allegedly ripped down by a group of women Wednesday night, according to the person who filmed it while it was happening.
The activists who posted the signs say this is the third time they have been removed from outside El Diamante High School since they went up at the start of the month.
“This is to recognize and support all the lives that were taken away,” said Serena Salcido, one of those who put up the signs.
“This is for me, for me, to see this and to know that I’m not alone.”
Joseangel Peña says he filmed the group after a friend called to tell him the signs were being removed.
“I was trying to sympathize with them because I understand people have different political views,” said Peña. “But racism and bigotry, all that. That’s not a political view at all.”
In a statement to KSEE24 News, the Visalia Unified School District says it did not order the signs to be removed.
The District did not authorize anyone to take down these signs, was not aware that this incident would take place, and has no knowledge that any current District employee was involved.Visalia Unified School District
In a statement to KSEE24 News, the Tulare County Office of Education confirmed one woman seen in the video is a part-time temporary employee.
We are further investigating her role and actions during this incident. TCOE is committed to equity for all people as evidenced by our current and ongoing work with the National Equity Project and twenty-five years of leading character education in and around Tulare County.Tulare County Office of Education
Peña says the women told him they have family in law enforcement and were triggered by the signs.
“I can get where they’re coming from with all the anti-police, law enforcement posters, I get where they’re coming from with that, but any other sign, that’s just hatred, ignorance,” Peña said.
Peña adds that he has filed a police report and that and that the signs will be replaced.