The headmaster of a high school in Stockton, Calif., Caused a stir on Thursday when he appeared to deviate from the script during his address at the start of school ceremony.
Ben Nakamura, the former principal of Stagg High School, reportedly knew he would not be returning to school next year. He served for a year and was voted out of office by the school board. The Stockton Record reported that Nakamura told students he was voted out of office by the 4-3 school board earlier this week.
The newspaper said it was unclear why he was voted out and he still had support from some parents and students. He told the graduates that he was kicked out for loving school and the community.
“I came here to serve you, to love you, to interfere and grind with you,” he said. He told students that working at the school appealed to him after seeing a fight that took place there and made the headlines. He told the students that he loved his job there and encouraged them to do their best. He also used the struggles in his own life as examples of perseverance.
“I wanted to tell the children why I left, so that they know that I have not left them, I have not turned my back on them,” he said of the record.
Melinda Meza, a spokeswoman for the Stockton Unified School District, told Fox 40 that it was unfortunate that Nakamura “is using this platform for its own complaints.” At one point in his speech, he said that successful people “will do anything to step on others and pull them down to climb their way up”. He said these people don’t deserve respect.
Meza said he was escorted out and handed in his keys.
“There were strict COVID-19 guidelines, so no school principals were allowed to give a speech,” Meza said, according to the newspaper. She told Fox News in an email that a mother said, “My son worked hard during COVID and wanted it to be about him and his fellow students that day. Not just any HR stuff and drama. ”
Sofia Colon, a parent, told Fox 40 that the headmistress is loved by the students.
“This speech shows me how honest this principal is with his students. Tell students to mentor their little brothers and sisters. He told us where he came from, how relatable, how vulnerable. That was my conclusion: don’t be a sell-out, tell the truth, “she said.