Parents React to Special Ed Teacher's Arrest

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    Olympian High School in Chula Vista.

    Charges against special education teacher Loren McDonald were shocking to parents and grandparents of students that attend Olympian High School.

    Chula Vista teacher Loren McDonald was arrested Monday at the Magdalena Avenue campus on multiple charges of sexual misconduct involving a minor.

    McDonald was ordered held on $2 million bail.

    The charges do not involve students at the school. Still parents at Olympian High were shocked to hear the news.

    “It sure is a big concern,” parent Javier Wong said. “You got to watch out for our children.”

    “You hear more and more of that coming out. I think what are people coming to,” grandparent Louis Martinez said.

    Sweetwater School District said McDonald was never alone with students in his class.

    “In a set class room of ten or twelve you sometimes have 4, 5 or six staff members in the class at the same time,” spokesperson Manny Rubio said.

    Rubio said the parents of his students were notified and encouraged to report any complaints. So far no parent has come forward officials said.

    Other district parents were not alerted.

    NBC 7 San Diego obtained a letter from the district superintendent addressed to the board that explained the charges.

    The letter said the accused teacher was immediately placed on administrative leave. The school board will be given information on this case during a meeting on Monday.

    Court records obtained by NBC 7 San Diego indicate McDonald was sued for domestic violence two weeks before his arrest.

    We spoke with the complainant, late Thursday night. She lives with her children in the same home as McDonald. She would not discuss either case.

    The school district was not aware of the domestic violence complaint.

    McDonald is scheduled to appear in court again on May 16.

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