High School Principal Resigns After Calling Kobe's Death "Karma"

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A Washington high school principal posted to her Facebook page that Kobe Bryant's death was "karma".

The Camas School District said in a statement Tuesday that it was placing Camas High School Principal Liza Sejkora on administrative leave while it looked into the post she wrote on her personal Facebook page on January 26, KGW-TV reported.

After being called on the carpet, the school administrator apologized in an email to parents, admitting that her post was "inappropriate and tasteless", and "a personal, visceral reaction" to Bryant's history.

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The 41-year-old retired five-time National Basketball Association champion and former league most valuable player died with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others, near Calabasas, California in the Los Angeles metro area last month.

The posts were in reference to a 2003 sexual assault accusation against Bryant. "Sejkora and concern from our community", according to the Portland, Oregon, TV station.

"Honestly, I think she should step down, personally", said Logan Schmidt, a senior at Camas.

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Sejkora apologized Monday, but Snell said the following day that because Sejkora had received threats, she had been placed on administrative leave while the district investigated. "This was a situation where I didn't think before I posted, and I'm terribly regretful about that", Sejkora said. "However, I've been impressed with the level of professionalism our staff members have displayed as well as the caring and compassion from our families". "I want to apologize for suggesting that a person's death is deserved". The criminal case was dismissed because the woman refused to testify.In a statement after the case was dropped, Bryant apologized to the woman. "Students and staff deserve to have a learning environment free of disruptions".

The Camas School District's superintendent, Jeff Snell, says police found no evidence the gun threat was real, adding that it started among students on a school bus speculating about threats.

"I'm embarrassed that I made such a poor decision and let down my students", said Sejkora. "Those types of things, you just really can't be saying that". A civil suit brought by the accuser in August 2004 was settled out of court on March 2, 2005.

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"I have some personal experience that generated the visceral reaction", Sejkora told KATU on Tuesday. "I'm hopeful that my regret will garner me some trust moving forward".

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