Officials at San Ramon Valley High School in Danville, California have allowed a 17-year-old star athlete to return to school after a brief three-day suspension for posting a video on social media of a fellow student urinating.
Parents of the 16-year-old victim say their daughter was filmed urinating in a bathroom stall — she did not know she was being filmed. The suspect, who reportedly admitted to the offense, was arrested. However, the following day she was allowed to return to the high school and participate in a championship game, according to reports.
Denise Lynch, the victim’s mom, says her daughter is suffering because the perpetrator of the heinous offense is still on campus. Lynch says her daughter’s grades have declined and she has emotional distress. She feels that school district officials have failed to properly respond to the incident.
“When it is reported to you, you do nothing, you minimize it, you sweep it under the rug,” Lynch told board members during a Tuesday meeting.
Her husband, Sean Lynch, agrees. “Had my daughter not told us, or God forbid killed herself, everyone would be asking themselves: ‘What more could have been done?’ Now is the time to do something,” he said.
The video was posted on Instagram in April, but the footage was taken in November. The admitted violator used a cell phone to capture the images, taken under a bathroom stall.
Elizabeth Graswich, San Ramon Valley Unified School District spokeswoman, would not discuss the district’s response to the specific incident due to student privacy.
The juvenile offender was arrested, cited for a misdemeanor offense of invasion of privacy, according to Danville police spokesman Geoff Gillette. She will have her case will be reviewed by the Contra Costa County Juvenile Probation Department, according to Gillette.
Denise says her daughter has two more years in the school and has no protection from her perpetrator. She says there needs to be accountability. You can see her comments in the following video.
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