Statement on Santa Barbara High School Classroom Incident Involving Students Watching Short Video Clip of the New Zealand Mosque Shooting

StatementEarlier this week, a Santa Barbara High School student used his personal phone to display on a classroom television a short video clip of the New Zealand mosque shooting. The student acquired the video through social media.  Santa Barbara Unified School District can confirm that a portion of the video was displayed and that it was not appropriate. The teacher of the classroom was placed on paid administrative leave while Santa Barbara Unified School District investigates the matter.

All parents of the students in the class were notified and students were provided with resources and access to counselors. Students of the class participated in a connection circle to share with each other how they were impacted and felt about watching the video.

Santa Barbara Unified School District firmly believes that all students have the right to be educated in a psychologically and physically supportive environment. The district expects all teachers to exercise sound judgment in their classrooms in fostering positive learning environments, and students are expected to exhibit appropriate conduct that does not infringe on the rights of others.