Middle school refuses to release election winners, students blame lack of diversity

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — An election controversy has students and parents up in arms.

A middle school in San Francisco is refusing to tell kids the winners of the student body government election. It is because, as one student told KRON’s Justine Waldman, the principal does not like who won.

“I wanted to get more involved and change some things,” student Sebastian Kaplan said.

Kaplan is now involved in a slight controversy when all he wanted was to be his seventh grade representative at Everett Middle School in the Mission District.

“I feel like it is disrespectful to all the people who were running,” Kaplan said.

Sebastian said the results of the student government election, held on Oct. 10, have not come out yet. He and the other candidates were told this week it is because the principal believes the winners are not diverse enough.

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

While keeping the results secret, the principal told Sebastian the school could add positions to better reflect the student body. The whole issue has taught Sebastian a tough lesson in politics.

“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,” Kaplan said.

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