On the third day of school, one of the girls, who is the daughter of a teacher at the Mesa Public Schools in Mesa, California, is on her way home from school.
It’s not uncommon for girls to leave the house around 10:00 p.m., when they get back home, and then have sex in the car.
The girl’s father is a high school teacher in Mesa.
He says his daughter was never the subject of a sexual harassment complaint against her, and no one has filed a sexual assault complaint against him, though a teacher who knew her told Time that his daughter had been accused of inappropriate touching.
The Mesa school district says it’s not aware of any other sexual harassment or assault allegations against a Mesa teacher, but a teacher and other school staff say they’ve heard of girls being harassed on school grounds.
On Tuesday, the Mesa school board voted to move forward with an open house and to convene a committee to discuss the issue.
But while the school district has not yet publicly identified the teacher who was allegedly the subject, the teacher’s name was reported on a local news website.
The teacher’s identity is being withheld until the Mesa police department releases a copy of the complaint, which the district says will be made public once the Mesa Independent School District receives a copy.
The school district said it was unaware of any of the other allegations against Mesa school staff until after the open house.
The board voted unanimously on Tuesday to move ahead with the open meeting.
Mesa Police Chief Paul Baca said the school board is “very concerned” about what happened on Tuesday.
“We have had numerous allegations and we have investigated all of them,” Baca told the Mesa News Now station.
“It was not appropriate, and we are doing everything we can to take appropriate action to investigate this and put an end to it.”
Mesa schools Superintendent Dan Halloran said in a statement that he’s “very sorry for the embarrassment and frustration” caused by the open House, and said he “has been aware of the issues with this teacher’s behavior.”
He added that Mesa Public School District has a policy against sexual harassment.
“The Mesa School District does not tolerate harassment or any other inappropriate behavior, regardless of the gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religion,” the statement said.
“Mesa Public School employees have been trained in our policies and procedures to deal with inappropriate behavior and this incident is an example of the dangers that occur when a district doesn’t.”
A statement from the Mesa Unified School District read, in part, “We understand that some students are upset and want answers, and this open house is meant to help us do that.
We will be reaching out to the Mesa Police Department and to the district attorney as we determine what further action to take.
Mesa Public schools are committed to providing safe, nurturing, inclusive and supportive learning environments for all students, including transgender students.”
Baca also told the news station that the Mesa board will meet again on Monday to discuss this matter.
The district’s statement on Tuesday reads, in its entirety, “As an integral part of Mesa Public school system, the District is committed to ensuring all students receive an education that is inclusive of their unique identity, experiences and needs.
As the first in the state to pass gender-neutral restrooms in all of its schools, Mesa Public strives to make our school a safe and welcoming environment for all.”
“We are also committed to addressing these issues through ongoing school board meetings and schoolwide initiatives that are focused on fostering a healthy and inclusive learning environment.
We want to assure our students that we take this matter seriously and are taking all necessary steps to ensure the safety of our staff and students.”
On Wednesday, the district announced it would be providing a $1,000 reward to anyone who provides information about the Mesa teacher.
The reward will be paid to the anonymous tipster who provided information that leads to an arrest.
“I think this is a huge deal for all of us,” said district board member Marylou Neely, who said she hopes to see Mesa schools and Mesa schools in general become more inclusive.
“I think the Mesa schools will be a model for other districts.”