Canyon High Administration Zinged By District Investigation Into Mexi-Mocking "Seniores and Señoritas" Dress-Up Day Scandal

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As the new school year starts this morning at Canyon High in Anaheim Hills, there will be several changes stemming from an investigation into the 'Señores and Señoritas' fiasco of June. The Weekly first exposed the sad spectacle of students dressed as cholos, cholas, border patrol y más complete with photographic evidence!

Though school administrators reacted to the situation that day, two formal complaints were filed by a former and current student at the time with the Orange Unified School District (where Canyon High pertains to) as this type of activity took place in the past and nothing was done about it.

One lodged by Jared Garcia-Kessler stated the actions of students that day on June 6 and the year before were racist and offensive to his culture. He also alleged that Mexi-mocking photos were even published in yearbooks. Canyon's student body demographic breakdown largely mirrors the mostly white surroundings of the Hills.

In her probe, Aileen M. Sterling, Executive Director of Secondary Eduction for OUSD, examined photographs, conducted interviews and, of course, read my Navel Gazing reporting. Based upon the evidence, she concluded that "there was a lack of oversight/supervision and that the school administration should have never allowed this activity."

You think! She went on to write that, "even if strict guidelines were provided the result would still lead to hurtful and demeaning messages about the Mexican culture and to students of the Mexican, Hispanic, and Latino descent."

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The "I forgot my greencard" screenshot

Canyon High Principal Greg Bowden claimed to the Weekly in June that Senior dress up day had been held for "3 years prior with no issues." That turned out not to be fact, but a straight up mentira as the investigation found that in 2011 "some students had dressed inappropriately (border patrol and INS agents) but not to the extreme that occurred in 2012" and other students told the Weekly this sort of Mexi mock-up had been going on for years.

The fallout from all of this? Plenty! For starters, all Señores and Señoritas pendejadas are permanently eliminated from senior spirit week now and forevermore. Sorry kids, you can no longer play dress-up as cholos, pregnant teenagers, jardineros, and la migra on campus! If you want to do that, you'll have to come to the flats and see how that all works out given everything that's happened this summer.

In addition, cultural appreciation will be inserted into history class discussions and activities during "International Week." An Ethnic Studies elective community college course will also be offered to students.

For the higher-ups, among other things, Canyon High School Administration will have to undergo diversity/sensitivity training this year. May I suggest viewing A Better Life starring Oscar-nominated actor Demián Bichir for starters? It's a film that could make even a Know Nothing like Lou Dobbs turn on the waterworks!

The actions of district employees as it pertains to the complaints will be forwarded along to the Human Resources Department for further review. Any disciplinary measures taken will remain a confidential matter. 

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jeffery.haynes101
jeffery.haynes101

They should do this for the entire year so that this act will be eliminated promptly. The school who handles these students should undergo investigation training if they want to discipline them on their own.

Fcmanu12
Fcmanu12

How many of you have actually been to Anaheim Hills lately? The "all-white" stereotype corresponding to Anaheim Hills is false. I'm an incoming freshman at Canyon (this incident happened when I was in 8th grade) and the majority of students is not white. Nearly half of the students are Asian, with about one quarter to one third white. The rest are Latino or another race. From what I've seen these last few weeks, including throughout middle school, the white people are more discriminated than any other race. The news publishers only show the point of view of the side that will gain them more viewers. Visit Canyon to see the truth if you do not believe me.

Highway39
Highway39

@jeni131 Yep, it's true. I work in public education, so I meet a lot of Mexican kids who are angry. If a journalist were to deconstruct and examine the basis for their anger like you have suggested the OC Weekly do, you do understand that demeaning, administratively sanctioned festivals organized to publicly shit on their culture at the school they are required by law to attend would be identified as enormous fuel for that fire, right? This is an article about the shocking incompetence of highly paid public school administrators. I don't understand what other perspectives this article could be examined from unless you're suggesting that it incorporate the perspective of someone who thinks it's acceptable to teach our children that clowning on immigrants (like OUR great-grandparents) is an intelligent and productive skill that will help them earn a living when they grow up. I'd also like to suggest that if you had to raise your precious daughter in the unrelenting, unmerciful poverty that millions of people in Latin America are forced to endure, you would walk your ass across our border too. I promise you that I would. Any single person who says they wouldn't is a liar, and liars have no integrity.

Jeni131
Jeni131

Let me start by saying I do not agree with this.. I am actually surprised by it.  I have close friends who have children at Canyon and I have never heard of this.  It is always unfortunate when people are hurt due to their race or life choices.  As for Anaheim Hills, my daughter plays ball with many girls from the area of all races. In fact one of the most anticipated events for these girls and the residents of Anaheim Hills (i attended last year) is the Annual Fiesta Days at the San Antonio Catholic Church.  An event filled with a ton of Canyon students... again, students of diverse cultural & ethnic make up.  It feels to me that your article lends a bit of its own narrow view... leaning towards one point of view.. the author's.  That said, I can see how one might become emotionally charged upon hearing of this taking place on school campus,,, but to put all of the students and residents in Anaheim Hills into this all white demographic therefore racist category isn't cool.  Like I said, am shocked it took place and am curious to ask the people I know and trust who actually attend the school what in the world were they thinking??

 

i wonder if you would be interested in pursuing this article...  I live in Old Towne Orange.  Grew up here... love it here for many, many reasons,  Appreciated and am grateful for the friends I made growing up... my best friend's family referred to me as "Flaca" and my first boyfriend was Francisco Soriano in the 5th grade... I am blonde haired, green eyed and freckled of German descent and raised in rural Arkansas until I was 10.  I loved the Hispanic family cultural... the food, the music... the commitment to family.  Just so you understand.  The year before my daughter was to enter kindergarten, I walked by the elementary school on the end of my block (West Orange) and counted the children on the kindergarten playground.. of 25, 2 were white.  My friend from high school had recently given up her 1st grade teaching position there because it was impossible to teach when the majority of the kids spoke only Spanish. I opted for the local Magnet School where again, I am grateful that my kids are friends with Asians, Blacks, Middle Easterners and Latinos. I believe it was a year after that stroll by West Orange that our sweet, shy, and Caucasian neighbor who was about 9 years old started coming home terrified every day because the older Hispanic boys would terrorize her.  Pinning her against walls and demanding she suck their dicks in Spanish.  She had to switch schools and was no longer allowed to enjoy the short walk to her neighborhood school.  The son of a dear friend of mine attended his local elementary school, Cambridge Elementary in Orange, his first year of kindergarten (he is 13 like my daughter now), and he started wetting his pants and became withdrawn & sullen due to the constant bullying by the Hispanic boys.  I was told as recent as last year by baseball mom who supervised lunch at Cambridge that it is so sad...so many of the Hispanics are hate filled and mean to any kid not of their race.  They say crude, sexual things to the girls in Spanish and brag of their family in prison.  My nephew who is now 22, was terrorized anytime he rode his bike in my mother's neighborhood in the Olive Elementary district in Orange...Hispanic boys would chase him, call him names and taunt him for his blond hair.  The older sister of my daughter's best friend had to go to court to get permission to leave her neighborhood school, Orange High, due to the constant bullying by Hispanic girls.  I could go on & on with these stories... maybe this is an angle that should also be pursued in one of your articles?  I have 2 beautiful, amazing, kind, gate-identified kids who just want an education in a safe environment.  Just like I believe  my Latino friends want for their children.  My daughter plays travel softball on a team of mostly Hispanic girls... she loves it.  We laugh that every good team needs a couple of token white girls... it's her most favorite team she has ever been on.  I cracked up the day she asked me, "Mom, what is a "Wetta"?"  People are people.  I recommend Intercultural Communication classes and awareness for all :)

Meximando
Meximando

In 2010, I applied for a teaching position at Canyon HS. Makes me wonder why I didn't get hired. You don't suppose being Mexican had anything to do with it, do you? We're coming up Raza. Our time has arrived.

David Esc
David Esc

It's all fun and games until one of those young Republicans loses a condo.

Jeanine Robbins
Jeanine Robbins

When an event like this is allowed and even condoned at school it is promoting racial stereotypes and is shameful. I serisuly doubt that the school would have allowed a Muslim day or a African American Day The administration should be held accountable and censured.

JamesRobertReade
JamesRobertReade

I reject this behavior on campus. It is unacceptable for students to engage in discrimination. It is not nice and it is very hurtful. I have a Central American friend in Orange County I have known for more then a decade. He has his own business, his work ethic is incredible and his character is honorable. He walked through the hot desert for days with very little water to get to this country to be free. That is something those students have not had to experience. He received a text message last week that one of his best friends was murdered by gangbangers in Honduras. The family refused to pay extortion money. He is disgusted by the gangbanger lifestyle in Anaheim. James Robert Reade

Elvi Ileana Delgado
Elvi Ileana Delgado

Hot sauce is what they were probably going for! My look on this pathetic cry for attention is hilarious if your willing to dress up and waste your money to dress as a "mexicant" then go fuck a Mexican and dress the same way you already do, you'll have a Mexican inside you and poof welcome to the club putos

Elvi Ileana Delgado
Elvi Ileana Delgado

How is it portrayed as them being Mexican by dressing as a pregnant cunt? They wanna be the next 16 &pregnant seem like the school is crying out for MTV to go and cast new undergraduates that aren't going to make it in life. Border patrol agent isn't offensive I dressed as one for Halloween and even let my cockasian friend use it, we find it funny. There's no such thing as a white cholo the correct term for them "dressed" like that is called a "crack head". "banditos"

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young

Figures some bureaucrat pulling down six figures of money confiscated from white taxpayers would make a ruling like this.

 

White folks, you had better wake up -- not engaging in ridiculous stunts like this but serious political action to stop your continued dispossession.

Adrian Duron
Adrian Duron

Haha awesome. I graduated from Canyon in 01 it was shit then and still is now.

Highway39
Highway39

Do they save the cross burning for prom, or what? That IDIOT principal needs to go.

yoguirisaurus
yoguirisaurus

@GustavoArellano tell a real chola to pay em a visit and watch em cry! That'll be fun!

meghan132
meghan132

Wow, just wow. They could also use some critical thinking skills as well.

Rico Lozano
Rico Lozano

..James, you sound like the Classic case of, "you Spot it, you Got it"...

James Hall
James Hall

Seems like the chicanos of the OCweekly get their feelings hurt too easy..also it seems that they want to pull other chicanos, Mexicanos, Hispanics, and Latinos in the sensitive pool with them.. Kinda like a FATT girl crying to other FATT girls that everybodys Laughing at them. this is 2012, no need to join Hate groups unless your a democrat! thats one thing their good at..they sure can't fix the economy!

Rico Lozano
Rico Lozano

...since most Canyon High kids ARE White Trailer Trash... it's their School Uniform...

Nestor Jaimes
Nestor Jaimes

the oranges don't fall far from the conservative orange tree

moiyanez
moiyanez

@GustavoArellano I can't comment on your FB until you add me WTF? Censorship! lol

Robert Reyes
Robert Reyes

Rene- You're right, those are themes for parties. It's been a few years since I've been in High School and things might have changed but I don't remember having 'White Trailer Trash' theme days. The point here is that it's being condoned at schools.

René Bruce
René Bruce

I also remember fro themes and 80's themes. Get a grip who cares

René Bruce
René Bruce

Why then is it ok to dress up as white trailer trash then ??? Seen that theme dozens of times an white trash peeps dont go crying !!!

edgarveloz1978
edgarveloz1978

Keep it classy Anaheim Hills, the faculty knew about this but because it became public now they are "making changes" BS I say

Renae Marquez
Renae Marquez

What are we teaching our kids? This is so disgusting.

AnaheimMommy
AnaheimMommy

I can't believe that they actually got away with this for the past three years! This is so offensive! When I went to Canyon H.S. back in the 80's that type of behavior never happened! 

Luie Carrion
Luie Carrion

It's not right but that's how the world sees us because of those who live up to the stereotype. Sad but true.

kplo
kplo moderator communitymanager

That event probably wasn't the best idea.

gabrielsanroman
gabrielsanroman topcommenter

 @Jeni131 I stopped reading at the "to put all the students and residents in Anaheim Hills in this all white demographic and therefore racist category isn't cool," bit. I never wrote "all white therefore racist." That's your invention. I simply reported that the demographics of the student body mirror the area at large which is statistically MOSTLY white. Don't argue with me! Argue with the Census and stats. Have fun!

 

This expose was definitely aided by the efforts of good people who live in the Hills who rightly saw this debacle as offensive. You ascribe a Manichean frame to this that I didn't even deploy...so I won't bother with the rest of your manifesto.

 

NEXT!

ernestogoldstein
ernestogoldstein

 @Jeni131 Yeah, but this doesn't fit in with the Victimization Narrative that the OC Weekly wants to portray.

loveyamuchqt
loveyamuchqt

@GustavoArellano no prob! sad tho cuz u would expect that community 2 act that way! & c'mon the students had 2 complain? No parents? Shame!

Fcmanu12
Fcmanu12

@gabrielsanroman @Jeni131 Those stats must have been from 30 years ago and I go to canyon. I know that whites are not the major race. And as for the whole dispute, NOBODY AT CANYON CARES. We just want our hardworking principal to keep his job.

Jeni131
Jeni131

 @ernestogoldstein Ya..which is too bad.  Love the mag for the risks they take, but this issue starts to wear on me... it should be examined from all perspectives, including the fact that our country was founded on certain principles...when my great grandparents came from Germany they followed the law... integrity is something very important I would like to teach my kids.

moiyanez
moiyanez

@GustavoArellano Your To Famous for Facebook!! Keep up The good Work!

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