MODESTO — While a rally outside Modesto High celebrated and supported Jackie Munn, one mother says it led to bullying of her daughter and that she fears for her safety.
Mary Sanchez, mother of Gino Sanchez the boy who the embattled campus supervisor is accused of injuring after breaking up a March fight on Thursday gave a very different version of events from the Change.org petition that has drawn 126,000 signatures and counting.
According to Sanchez, Munn yelled at 16-year-old Gino for hitting a girl, then jumped full-force on him as he lay restrained on the floor, dislocating his shoulder and causing his nose to bleed and swell. Gino was put on home study after the event and cannot return to Modesto High until January because of his actions during the fight with the student, she said.
Sanchez said Gino should have walked away from the girl who bullied him. But she said it was the first discipline incident for her son, who is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 110 pounds. Sanchez also said Gino is in special education.
What she has been told, by her children and district administrators, was that Gino was accosted by a female student that day, who called him a gay slur and other names before throwing her open milk carton in his face and smashing her lunch tray on his chest. She said Gino reacted, throwing a milk crate back at the girl and running away before campus supervisors caught him and took him to the floor.
His younger sister watched, frozen, Mary Sanchez said, as it happened.
She had nightmares for a long time, said Sanchez.
On Thursday, the 15-year-old called her from school. She told us she was scared. A bunch of people were saying stuff about her brother, Sanchez said. Shes being bullied because of this protest. It just started today.
Munn should lose her job, Sanchez said. They fired her, and now I feel better. I dont hit my children, and I dont think anyone else should hit them, either.
Sanchez worries about her daughters safety but said she shouldnt have to leave her activities and friends.
Im not going to change schools. Shes going to stay there, and theyre going to have to protect her, she said.