Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) high school counselors that promoted and organized ‘drag shows’ at the high school has been arrested for having sex with a student. Zobella Brazil Vinik, a 29-year-old woman who identifies as trans reportedly groomed and molested a 15-year-old female student.
TUSC spokesperson Karla Escamilla declined to comment on the arrest, but provided this statment from TUSD Superintendent Gabriel Trujillo:
“On May 4th, 2022, detectives from the Tucson Police Department Sexual Assault Unit informed the administration of Tucson High Magnet School of an ongoing investigation into one of its counselors, Zobella Brazil Vinik. The administration was informed of an alleged inappropriate relationship between the counselor and a 15-year-old student from Tucson High.
Working with the Tucson High administration, the District administration acted swiftly to remove the counselor from campus and place her on administrative leave. Our School Safety Department immediately initiated a comprehensive investigation into this alleged incident, which is currently ongoing.
On Thursday May 5th, 2022, Ms. Vinik resigned her position from the Tucson Unified School District and is no longer an employee of the district. The Tucson Unified School District administration will continue to cooperate with the Tucson Police Department in its ongoing investigation. Our administration will continue to emphasize the health and safety of our students as our highest priority.”
Vinik, who promoted and planned school drag shows, identifies as ‘non-binary or ‘gender queer’. No word yet if the school will be held accountable for not providing students with a safe environment to learn.