A Central Valley superintendent will face consequences for orchestrating an active shooter drill without filling in staff or students.
Juan Sandoval admittedly authorized a janitor to wear a mask and carry a fake gun on a Raisin City Elementary school campus.
Teachers said the man banged on classroom doors and windows. The problem was, Sandoval didn’t let people know it was an act.
“I saw these kids crying. I saw these kids who wouldn’t go to the bathroom because they were afraid,” Danny Nason a Raisin City teacher said.
School board members called a meeting Tuesday and were in agreement — They came back from closed session with a 5-0 vote to discipline Sandoval.
They said they too knew nothing about this drill And do not condone his actions.
“I was afraid, and I think he should have had the decency to let us know that this drill was coming. We had no clue, and it was very scary,” said a teacher during the open comment period.
Supporters also stepping up for Sandoval, who was not in attendance.
“He made a mistake, but it was in the heart of what is good for everybody. It was in the heart of what was good for these children,” one man said.
The school ultimately decided Sandoval would face consequences for his decision. “By a vote of 5-0 the board will approve appropriate disciplinary action and the board will schedule another meeting and give mister Sandavol an opportunity to respond,” they said.
Those who called for Sandoval’s resignation will now have to wait for his response.
“With the board not knowing that that mock drill was even taking place, to me that should have been something (Sandoval) should have been fired for,” Judy Martinez the president of the Teachers Association for the Central Unified School District said.
Board members said they’ll talk about Sandoval’s future in an upcoming meeting, which will likely take place next month. They said the punishment could range from suspension to termination.