In 2015, judge Aaron Persky made national headlines by sentencing Brock Turner, a former Stanford student found guilty of three charges of felony sexual assault, to a mere six months in prison (of which he served only three).
In 2018, Persky was recalled from his bench as a result of this decision but was recently hired to work as a high school tennis coach at California’s Lynbrook High.
How did he get hired?— Megan Lynn (@Just_Nag_Em) September 12, 2019
At the time, Rachel Zlotziver, a spokesperson for the school district, explained the decision.
“He was a highly qualified applicant for the position, having attended several tennis coaching clinics for youth, and holds a high rating from the United States Tennis Association.”
🤯 Was the school out of its mind to even hire *him* to coach *girls* after *that* judgment?????????— Reshma Nayyar (@ReshmaNayyar) September 12, 2019
The decision to hire Persky was announced late on Monday, September 9, and faced immediate public outcry.
A petition to remove him from this new role was created and quickly collected over 3,000 signatures.
By Wednesday, September 11, the high school was forced to rethink its new hire. Zlotziver issued another statement, saying:
“Effective September 11, 2019, Mr. Persky’s employment with the District as the Junior Varsity Girls Tennis coach has ended.”
She also noted:
“Please know that we are deeply committed to maintaining an effective, safe, and positive environment for all students.”
Good. People who think rape is a-okay shouldn’t be shaping young minds.— hella tidy (@sarahgayle695) September 11, 2019
In the 2015 trial, Persky sentenced rapist Brock Turner to only six months in prison despite a potential sentence of 14 years after he sexually assaulted Chanel Miller while she was unconscious. Two men interrupted the assault and chased Turner away from his victim.
In his now-infamous ruling, Persky said:
“A prison sentence would have a severe impact on him. I think he will not be a danger to others.”
Karma!— Judith Cimino (@judith_cimino) September 12, 2019
Persky also noted the influence of alcohol and other “mitigating factors” in his decision to give Turner such a lenient sentence.
He may be qualified to couch tennis, but not for the teenage girls team. Maybe some penitentiary is looking for a tennis coach - he can apply there.— Missing Marbles (@MissingMarbles4) September 11, 2019
Now, it seems Persky will have to continue his search for a job elsewhere.
Good. Suffer forever, tbh. https://t.co/SL2Vsze9wQ— Iron Spike (@Iron_Spike) September 12, 2019
Chanel Miller—who was only identified with a pseudonym during the trial—broke her silence in 2019. Her memoir, Know My Name: A Memoir, of how Turner’s choice to rape her affected her life—something Persky seemed oblivious to—is available for preorder here.
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