In a recent video gone viral this week, a Sacramento high school teacher admitted he offers his students extra credit to attend Antifa events and seeks to “scare the f—k out of them” in order to turn them into “revolutionaries.” The teacher has since been suspended with pay.
In the video, captured by the guerilla journalism organization Project Veritas, Inderkum High School AP government teacher Gabriel Gipe is seen wearing an Antifa shirt and says he has “180 days to turn [the students] into revolutionaries.”
“The Sacramento organization that is under the banner of Antifa is very loosely organized, right? So, like, when there’s right wing rallies and stuff, then, we like, we’ll create an opposition to that,” Gipe says.
“I post a calendar [of the Antifa events] every week,” he explains. “And I do it for extra credit so they get points for doing it. So that encourages them to do it. And I’ve had students show up for protests, community events, tabling, food distribution. All sorts of things. When they go, they take pictures, they write up a reflection, that’s their extra credit.”
The high school teacher says he and his wife have been “political organizers,” with Gipe himself organizing since he was 13. He says he has “gone back and forth” between being “on the front lines” and taking “a step back.”
“So, and Sacramento, as a city itself, is incredibly diverse. But, we’re surrounded by a bunch of right-wing rednecks,” Gipe continues. “I’m probably as far-left as you can go. So, like, I’ve gone down deep dark rabbit holes where like the idea of adventurism and just being like, ‘Why aren’t people taking up arms?’ Like why can’t we, you know — Taking up arms, like, against the state.”
Gipe comments that he is aware of other teachers in his department who have had parent meetings because a student “complained about, like, a pride flag and said that they felt uncomfortable,” adding that students have left comments in his end of the year anonymous surveys expressing similar discomfort with things in Gipe’s classroom.
“Like, I have an Antifa flag on my wall. And a student complained about that, and he said it made him feel uncomfortable … Well, this 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 is antithetical to,” Gipe says.
Every year, Gipe says his students take an “ideology quiz” and he puts a picture of each student on the wall depicting where they land ideologically.
“Every year, they get further and further left,” he says, smiling. “There is a reason why Generation Z, these kids, are becoming further and further left.”
“And I think that like there’s three other teachers in my department that I did my credential program with. And they’re rad. They’re great people. And they’re definitely, like, on the same page,” he adds.
Parents in the Natomas Unified School District were outraged by Gipe’s comments and called on the school board to fire the high school teacher. The district put Gipe on paid leave and said it is investigating the incident.
“We understand that parents and Natomas community members have expressed their concern about the content of this video,” the district said in a statement to Fox News. “We respect and recognize their expressions of concern. Natomas Unified, as always, will look into this matter and take any appropriate actions as necessary. District policy explicitly states, ‘Whenever civic education includes topics that may be controversial due to political beliefs or other influences, instruction shall be presented in a balanced manner that does not promote any particular viewpoint.’ This is always the expectation.”