The Rancho Campana Scandal: An Appeal to Camarillo’s City Leadership



By Mike Smith

Since at least 2013, the Oxnard Union High School District has been challenging efforts by the City of Camarillo’s leadership to maintain the city’s good image. The most recent test comes from Rancho Campana High School, one of two Oxnard Union high schools in the city. Rancho Campana has been operating for less than a year and is already undergoing its first scandal. As reported on Fox News, it has been discovered that a Rancho Campana teacher recently expressed dismay at having lost a $100 bet that President Trump would be assassinated. This sentiment was voiced in front of students on the taxpayer’s dime. But that’s only the beginning.

This event is not so scandal-worthy simply because of what the teacher said, incredible as it is. In addition, Rancho Campana and OUHSD officials have stonewalled concerned citizens, done nothing to discipline the delinquent teacher, and are aggressively hiding the incident from public view. This is all within a month’s time. Of course, Rancho Campana and OUHSD are not working alone; the Ventura County Star shows no interest in increasing taxpayer awareness of this.

Unfortunately, the Rancho Campana incident follows a set precedent of OUHSD failing California taxpayers, students and the city of Camarillo. In 2013, Camarillo High School, just a few miles from Rancho Campana, also made national news over the suspension of students concerning their wearing of American flag bandanas and chanting, “USA, USA” on campus. According to the principal, these were racist actions directed at campus Hispanics. The OUHSD superintendent concurred, and that was that. With the principal of one city high school labeling peaceful, patriotic students as racists and a teacher at another betting on the assassination of the president—and administrators aggressively covering it up—Camarillo has a real problem that threatens its good quality of life reputation. As most parents living there have no public school choice ability, public school quality is a very big factor.

One has to wonder how many parents would approve of knowing that they’re paying for the moral corruption of their sons and daughters, and the cover-up that surely keeps it going. No public school district employee, anywhere, has the right to do anything other than that which taxpayers pay him or her to do. Something must give here. And given the severity and timeline of the two aforesaid incidents, it’s unlikely OUHSD will remediate without outside pressure. The timeline alone casts doubt on these two incidents being isolated. Camarillo’s mayor and city council members should understand that despite dereliction by OUHSD and the Ventura County Star, still not all of the people can be fooled all of the time. If they are serious about maintaining Camarillo’s good image, they will issue a public statement condemning the actions of the Rancho Campana teacher and those OUHSD employees in the city who are denying parents the right to know how their tax dollars are being used. It’s better to make a statement now, than allow the problem to worsen until it can no longer be hidden. Sooner or later the full truth will come out. The question is, on what terms do Camarillo’s city leaders want to address it?

Editor’s note: 13 incidents were reported at Rancho Campana H.S.: Voters, students protest Oxnard Union High School District teacher bias

Mike Smith is a writer, Millenial and nationalist conservative living in Camarillo. He reasons through the written word so clarity can outdo agreement. He desires a government strong enough to protect America, even from itself, so leftism fails.

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