It’s high school graduation season and trustees from various school boards are often asked to say a few inspiring words to graduates to send them on their way. For Santa Ana Unified Trustee Ceci Iglesias, a short speech at Segerstrom High School’s graduation ceremony included a dig at her own alma mater — Santa Ana’s Valley High School.
And the comments are causing an outrage on social media. The above Facebook screen grab was sent to us to call our attention to Ms. Iglesias’ words. If it was meant as a joke, many didn’t get it or took it the wrong way.
Iglesias is up for re-election this fall; if she’s not happy with the performance of Valley High’s students or faculty, she’s done little to improve the situation during her time on the SAUSD Board of Trustees.
Iglesias is best known for two things — showing up with a small crowd, including children, to protest with homemade signs whatever she’s against; and being an early advocate against allowing transgendered students to use the restroom associated with the gender they identify with. Iglesias cut this spot in 2014 for the Young Kim campaign against Sharon Quirk-Silva trying to scare the heck out of parents about transgender kids.
Our conclusion: Iglesias owes Valley High and SAUSD families an apology for her bad attempt at humor. And it needs saying, her work in the anti-transgender bathroom spot exposes both her and Young Kim as intolerant bigots. Neither should be returned to their seats.