CORONADO (CNS) – A Coronado city official was placed on administrative leave on Monday and his wife was fired from her job at a private school in Riverside County following allegations that the couple made statements racist towards Asians.
The allegations surfaced after a video emerged featuring Roger Miller, the town’s director of golf and recreation services, and his wife, Sandra Miller.
The poster for the video, which said the incident happened over the weekend in Newport Beach, alleged that prior to the shooting the couple made racist comments, including statements about Chinese people spreading COVID-19.
In the video, the couple are seen in a parking lot walking away from the person recording the video.
The woman in the video can be heard saying “I like that we’re not in their country. I like that we’re not communism. I like that a lot.” Later, she tells the person filming, “America is a free country. Go back to China.”
At Monday afternoonCoronado City Manager Tina Friend said in a statement that “the individual involved has been placed on administrative leave pending an independent, full and fair investigation.”
Friend also released a statement on Sunday in which she said the city “took immediate action” once it became aware of the video. Neither statement names Miller as the person involved and only refers to the person in the video as a “city employee.”
Friend’s statement continues: “Our city’s culture and values are at the core of who we are and that culture is based on professionalism, service and respect. We take issues like this very seriously and the City has zero tolerance for all forms of discrimination.
Linfield Christian School, a K-12 school in Temecula, released a online declaration On Monday morning, it said Sandra Miller had been fired from her job at school.
The school’s statement said it was “aware of the video involving Ms. Sandra Miller. After speaking with Ms. Miller about the incident, Linfield immediately terminated her employment. Statements made by Ms. Miller do not reflect Linfield’s beliefs, are inconsistent with Linfield’s mission statement, and do not respect the behavior Linfield expects employees to adopt for its students.”