Some parents of students at a South Bay area high school were surprised by evidence of a school employee sleeping on the job.
“There have been times when he's sleeping but no one says anything because he’s an adult I guess,” said student Tatiana Patterson.
Patterson attends class at Eastlake High School in Chula Vista, south of downtown San Diego.
She spoke to NBC 7 with her parent’s permission about an image showing a security guard seemingly asleep while sitting in a golf cart on campus.
We wanted to know, how often does this occur?
“Several occasions. More than one,” she said. “A lot actually.”
The image of a campus assistant whose duties include security was captured on campus and sent to NBC 7 and signed by a concerned parent who wanted to remain anonymous.
Other parents appeared to be surprised at the incident.
“Well I would hope not he's getting paid to do his job and he's sleeping that's probably not a good thing,” parent Mike Erickson said.
“I haven't heard about it but I definitely would not be happy about it because you're expecting them to keep an eye on the kids,” Michelle Glamen said
While a spokesperson for the Sweetwater Union High School District would say only that it’s a personnel issue that has been dealt with, Patterson told NBC 7 it happens with more than just one campus assistant.
“Whether it is a student or a teacher passing by we don't say anything,” she said. “They're doing their thing we just leave them alone.”
Parent Russell Michaud, whose children attended years ago, said he recalls something similar happening then.
“I remember it happening when my kids were here and that was about 8 to ten years ago,” Michaud said. “I don't like it, don’t think it’s safe.”
“It's a shame especially since they are supposed to be taking care of the kids and I can only imagine if somebody comes in with a weapon and he was not there protecting them,” she said.
NBC 7 tried to contact the campus assistant shown in the photo but we were unable to find him.