A letter of reprimand with directions for more collaboration, and no suspension or termination for the Raisin City Superintendent criticized after an active shooter drill, which teachers had no clue was coming.
“No matter what your intentions were, you still traumatized children, parents and the teachers, and that is not OK,” the daughter of teacher Kim Cooper said at Monday night’s special meeting.
Voice after voice, against and for Superintendent Juan Sandoval.
“Say the truth for God’s sake,” another woman said. “Just because you hate Mr. Sandoval, you have to take it upon our children?”
Sandoval under fire for allowing an active shooter drill, admitting to our station, staff was never told.
The drill involving a masked janitor holding a fake gun, who pounded on doors and ran through the school, terrifying students and teachers.
Tonight, the board hoping to move forward from the division seen all evening.
“Our goal is to provide the best education for our kids, and the way to do that is act as adults,” Raisin City School Board Member Dr. Anthony Montreal said.
“I think the situation was perpetrated way out of hand,” Sandoval said.
Tensions, running high.
At one point, Sandoval himself speaking, turning the problem, onto staff.
“If my teachers are not ready to lead, they are not ready to help our students succeed,” Sandoval said of the drill.
Sandoval saying the attacks against him are political, and he never saw any complaints. Also passing around a memo of support, appeared to be signed by nine Raisin City teachers.
Teachers like Kim Cooper, outspoken.
“There’s both sides,” Cooper said. “Some people are upset, and others, are kind of like, you know, they, they’re on, they think what he did is OK, I don’t understand how.”
Others in the community, carrying signs in support of Sandoval.
“He has changed the school in many ways, by helping us kids, and I’ve never felt so secured here,” 8th grader Ashley Mercado said. “And the drill, it actually helped me.”
Central Unified Teachers Association President Judee Martinez says, the meeting is not a matter of emotion, it comes down to the law.
“They have to consult with a representative from a law enforcement agency,” Martinez said. “Teachers didn’t know anything about the training.”
“As a supervisor, I need to analyze where my teachers are,” Sandoval said. “Is there ways of improving it, yes, but according to what they indicated, Ed. Code, Ed. Code was not violated.”
The board says they looked into the possibility, and saw errors in judgement, but did not believe it warranted termination.