Principal Withholds Student Government Election Results For Strange Reason

On October 10, Everett Middle School held its election to elect leaders for the student body government. Yet, because Principal Lena Van Haren didn't like the results, she decided that she would cancel the turn out without showing them to any one.

Van Haren didn't think the results were “representative” of the school’s ethnic makeup. Van Haren said, “That is concerning to me because as principal I want to make sure the voices are all heard, from all backgrounds." The election was democratic in nature.

Student Sebastian Kaplan said, “The organizers are saying things like, ‘we want everyone’s voice to be heard,’ but in truth, the voters’ voices are not being heard. Most kids are in agreement that the results need to come out because kids worked really hard on it.”

Van Haren told Sebastian that the school could add more positions to better reflect the culturally diverse nature of the students. Kaplan added, “The whole school voted for those people, so it is not like people rigged the game, but in a way, now it is kinda being rigged." Since students and parents complained, Van Haren released this statement:

“When we reviewed the results of our Associated Student Body (ASB) elections on Friday, October 9th, we saw that it was not fully representative of our school population. I made the decision to pause on sharing the results with the students in order to capitalize on a teachable moment. I wanted to have a conversation with all of the candidates and ask for their ideas to make sure that all voices and groups are represented in our ASB. In retrospect, I understand how this decision to pause created concerns. Today I visited classrooms to announce the winners of the elections.”

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