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Chula Vista School Faces 3rd Investigation

A Castle Park High School teacher is on leave for an altercation with a student



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    Castle Park High School is investigating three separate incidents involving its teachers and students just this year.

    While the principal says this is not a trend, the Chula Vista school is getting mixed reactions.

    History teacher Harald Werner has been placed on paid administrative leave after a parent filed a complaint about his altercation with a student. He is now under investigation by the school.

    "I'm not really shocked," said student David Anderson. "I'd just rather have him come back though."

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    The latest in a string of incidents at Castle Park High School involves a teacher placed on paid administrative leave. Brandi Powell reports.
    (Published Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011)

    Parent Julie Anderson said she is worried about the quality of teaching that is lost in circumstances like this.

    "And this gets me upset because you get substitute teachers," said Julie. " My concern is they're close to quarterly finals, and yeah, we need our teachers."

    Werner's leave comes less than a month after biology teacher Danika Garcia was arrested off school grounds on Nov. 7. The District Attorney has since filed a felony criminal case against Garcia for possession of methamphetamine.

    Garcia is now on unpaid leave until that criminal case is settled.

    "When I found out that it was my teacher from last year, I was just shocked," said tenth grade student Jake Anderson, "but I don't really feel any different about our school. I still feel safe here at Castle."

    Julie Anderson said as a parent, she can relate to the teachers.

    "You know, these teachers deal with 4,000 students on a daily basis," said Julie. "Me, as a mother, dealing with teenagers, it’s hard! I can just imagine [being] a teacher.”

    The school's first incident this year involved four football players who are facing charges related to sexual assault against another player in a hazing incident. The principal says the alleged assaults took place on Oct. 17 after practice outside the cafeteria.

    The four players appeared in Juvenile Court on Friday.

    "They're supposed to be together as a team," said prospective parent Josie Perez. "They're supposed to be, as a team, not against each other."

    In light of these issues, Castle Park High Principal Virginia Sandoval Johnson said the school is implementing some new monitoring methods.

    "Right now, we're doing them on a more frequent basis to make sure everything is back to its order and increasing supervision in the bathrooms, in the quad area, in the back fields," Johnson said.