Gabriel Gipe, an advanced placement government teacher at Inderkum High School, may be fired after a video revealed his radical teaching strategies to the public. In the video, Gipe admitted to having an Antifa flag in his classroom and claimed he had “180 days to turn [the students] into revolutionaries.” Parents from the school district were outraged by his teaching style and the Natomas Unified School District is taking actions to rectify the situation.
In a message to parents, the district’s superintendent, Chris Evans, wrote that the undercover video – which conservative group Project Veritas released to the public – shared Gipe’s “educational approach that is disturbing and undermines the public’s trust.” Evans admitted that that “the district is aware of the approach of the interview and the editing used to create the video.”
The Natomas Unified School District will reportedly follow “due process, the law” after spending “two days investigating the alleged teacher actions and his classroom environment.” The district announced in its statement that Gabriel Gipe was “placed on paid leave” and that the district “will be taking the legally required next steps to place the teacher on unpaid leave and fire the teacher.”
In the now-viral video, Gabriel Gipe was being interviewed in what looked like a café. The tattoo-riddled California teacher told the interviewer that in order to transform his students into revolutionaries, he has to “scare the f—k out of them.”
He continued, admitting that “I have an Antifa flag on my [classroom] wall and a student complained about that — he said it made him feel uncomfortable. Well, this [Antifa flag] is meant to make fascists feel uncomfortable, so if you feel uncomfortable, I don’t really know what to tell you. Maybe you shouldn’t be aligning with the values that this [Antifa flag] is antithetical to.”
It was not immediately clear if Gipe knew he was being filmed by the interviewer. The “under-the-table” camera angle led many to believe it was not Gipe’s intention to be filmed.
“I post a calendar every week … I’ve had students show up for protests, community events, tabling, food distribution, all sorts of things … When they go, they take pictures, write up a reflection — that’s their extra credit,” Gipe added. The teacher admitted that he and his wife are left-wing political organizers.
Gabriel Gipe said in the video that every year he forces students to take a political ideology quiz. He claimed he noticed that kids’ views are continuously transitioning to the extreme left.
He said “they take an ideology quiz and I put [the results] on the [classroom] wall. Every year, they get further and further left … I’m like, ‘These ideologies are considered extreme, right? Extreme times breed extreme ideologies.’ Right? There is a reason why Generation Z, these kids, are becoming further and further left.”
“Like, why aren’t people just taking up arms?” Gipe asked in the video. “Like why can’t we, you know — take up arms against the state? We have historical examples of that happening, and them getting crushed and being martyrs for a cause and it’s like — okay, well, it’s slow going because it takes a massive amount of organization.”
According to the school district’s guidelines, teachers are not supposed to “conduct political campaign activity during working hours or in an instructional setting” or “use the authority of an office or employment to encourage or discourage political activity by any other person,” among others. The district claimed that “from the evidence gathered so far” it is clear that Gabriel Gipe violated the “political action guidelines.”
Gipe’s classroom was clear of all posters and signage, though the district admitted that “not all of the material was inappropriate.” It was also reported that the teacher used stamps with images of Josef Stalin, Fidel Castro, Kim Jung Un, among others, and stuck them on students’ papers to mark their work as complete.
The high school’s administrators stated that “they do not remember the classroom looking as it did in years prior,” according to the school district’s statement. It was also pointed out that “the actions and approaches taken by one teacher do not represent the overall staff, students and school community.”