Sweetwater Union High School District employees accuse some staff of racist treatment

CHULA VISTA, Calif. - Some employees with the Sweetwater Union High School District claim they are being harassed because they are black.

Crystal Evans said if it weren't for the students at Bonita Vista Middle School, she would have quit her job as a security guard a long time ago.

"Those kids at that school love me; that's the only thing that gets me out of bed," Evans said.

Evans is one of several black employees within the district who contacted 10News claiming they are continually harassed and mistreated by other staff because of the color of their skin.

"They say stuff like, 'Oh, I'm going to put her over there so I can keep my eye on her' or 'she's stole something out your office so you might want to check and make sure everything's there,'" Evans said.

David Boson recently worked as a school security guard at Chula Vista High School. He told 10News he's been insulted because of his race and for being a Muslim.

"The specific comment with that was, 'You have a suit on so that must mean you're dating someone that's Caucasian," Boson said.

A spokesperson for the school district would not go on camera, citing personnel issues, but issued the following statement:

"The district did conduct an investigation and did not find any wrongdoing. The proper procedures are in place and we encourage employees to speak with district officials if they have a problem."

Evans offered one solution she believes will help bring about a positive change: "I just would hope that they would send these people to some kind of training classes or something because they shouldn't be able to talk to people any kind of way."

The NAACP has received complaints from the employees, and the group plans to meet with district officials to come up with a resolution.

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