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Parents demand school district break silence on Berkeley High principal’s unexplained leave

Berkeley High principal Sam Pasarow went on sudden paid leave Dec. 6. No explanation was offered to the school community, with the district citing confidentiality reasons. Photo: Mark Coplan The Berkeley PTA Council has launched a petition demanding that the school district explain why Berkeley High principal Sam Pasarow went on abrupt leave on Dec. 6. […]

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Update: School officials say threat to Berkeley High shared on Facebook is false

Berkeley High School is holding a special day of programming Wednesday in the wake of a racist threat that pinpointed Dec. 9. Photo: Nancy Rubin Update, 3 p.m. Berkeley Police said they are not investigating this as a crime. Update, 12:30 p.m. Berkeley High says that, after speaking with the Berkeley Police Department, it does not believe […]

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BHS student to be disciplined after racist statement

Students demonstrated last week after the discovery of a racist, threatening statement on a Berkeley High computer. Photo: Jackson Grigsby The student who posted an inflammatory and racist statement on a Berkeley High School library computer last week was a student of color, according to a school district spokesman. But the student, a male freshman, was not […]

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Berkeley High student linked to racist ‘screen hack’

Berkeley High Principal Sam Pasarow (left) said the student responsible for Wednesday’s screen hack has been identified. Photo: Lance Knobel Berkeley High Principal Sam Pasarow (left) said the student responsible for Wednesday’s screen hack has been identified. Photo: Lance Knobel By Emilie Raguso and Lance Knobel Berkeley High School administrators say they have identified the […]

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Berkeley High students walk out, rally after racist threats

Berkeley High students marched through the UC Berkeley campus Thursday in support of racial justice. Photo: Lance Knobel By Tracey Taylor, Lance Knobel and Emilie Raguso Update, Nov. 10: Listen to Berkeley High Principal Sam Pasarow, Berkeley High Black Student Union co-president Alecia Harger, and Berkeleyside co-founder Lance Knobel discuss the walkout and what provoked […]

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Racist threats posted on Berkeley High library computer

Berkeley High School, where a racist message threatening violence against African Americans was found on a library computer on Nov. 4. 2015. Photo: Nancy Rubin [Editor’s Note: The following story contains graphic language and images that are disturbing.] The Berkeley High School community is reeling after a racist message threatening violence against African Americans was found on a […]

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Berkeley’s 16 schools welcome students back for new year, Pasarow starts as principal at BHS

New Berkeley High principal Sam Pasarow at a preparatory meeting on Aug. 27, 2015 with teachers and staff at BHS. Photo: Mark Coplan More than 9,000 students returned to Berkeley’s 11 elementary, three middle and two high schools schools today. Detailed enrollments will be announced by the school district in the coming weeks, but spokesman […]