Another YouTube video spurred controversy surrounding the Alhambra Unified School District. Four days after a woman posted a video accusing a former Alhambra High School administrator of sexual abuse, an eighth grade student posted a video claiming her permit to attend an AUSD school was revoked after she protested the construction of a fence around the campus.
Maia Wu, 13, posted Jan. 21 a video, entitled "Student Body President Asks to be Allowed to Attend School," in which she claims that AUSD administrators revoked permits for her and two of her siblings to attend Monterey Highlands Elementary School, which is outside of their home district in Los Angeles. Wu claims the move is retaliation for the family's summer protests of the school board’s decision to install fences around the school.
On Jan. 17, Wu received a letter from the school board saying that she, along with her 11-year-old sister and 8-year-old brother, could no longer attend Monterey Highlands starting Jan. 30 based on their “unwillingness to cooperate with school officials and abide by district policies and procedures,” the Pasadena Star-News reports. The Wus appealed the permit revocation but lost.
While school officials are aware of the video, they deny Wu's claims, the Star-News reports. “The District cannot go into detail regarding the circumstances here, but denies that it retaliated or that the transfer permits were inappropriately revoked,” AUSD Superintendent Laura Tellez-Gagliano said in a statement to the Star-News.
“I was kicked out because I am a free-thinker and can think for myself. I was kicked out because I am not afraid to be heard,” Wu said in the video’s description. “I want to learn in an environment that welcomes free thinkers and welcomes opposing view points as a positive means to perpetuate the democratic process. If this is the current environment, we will produce children who live in fear of authority and not have the ability to think for themselves and will only use ideals given by higher authorities rather than trying to formalize their own.”