A physical education teacher at Davis Middle School was placed under investigation last week for suspected sexual misconduct with a student, but the student’s father said he tried to warn the school several months ago.
The male teacher has been placed on administrative leave among allegations that he made a female student feel uncomfortable using hugs, nice words and allegedly watching her undress, according to the student’s father, whom we have named "Andres" to protect his privacy.
Andres said that when he approached school officials, the principal of Compton’s Davis Middle School advised him and his daughter to "stop lying."
Feeling abandoned, Andres said he talked to school and city police, both of whom referred him back to school staff.
Last week, his daughter came home crying, saying the teacher touched her inappropriately while giving her a hug, he said. Andres reported the incident and the teacher was put on leave the next day.
Some parents called for the teacher’s arrest, while others reprimanded school officials who they said were slow to act, regardless of whether they thought the allegations were true.
Parents were given a letter Monday sent home with students and signed by the school’s principal and superintendent.
The principal declined to comment on the case, while the superintendent said she would comment at a later time.