Officers from San Rafael Elementary College and Pasadena Unified College District, try to determine how the varsity’s custodian, who has labored on the faculty for 14 years, wound up on the bottom in handcuffs and detained by police Sunday.
One trainer who spoke with CBSLA mentioned she’s outraged that this occurred to considered one of her colleagues when, in keeping with her, he was simply doing his job.
“How ridiculous and there’s no cause for it,” mentioned San Rafael Elementary train Juana Orozco. “That might’ve additionally been myself. That is what he instructed me after I noticed him this morning, that we each would have been on the bottom, weapons drawn.”
Orozco, who has been a trainer on the PUSD faculty for six years, mentioned she noticed the custodian on Saturday, as they have been each making ready school rooms for the varsity week.
“He had talked about to me that he was approaching Sunday as nicely to proceed no matter he needed to end,” Orozco instructed CBSLA.
On Sunday, police have been referred to as to the varsity on a report of a housebreaking in progress.
“I simply noticed any person scaling a fence of the San Rafael College,” the 911 caller will be heard saying on the decision. “They have been carrying a backpack and a bag. Seemed like a tall feminine, however possibly it was a male. It is arduous to inform. It regarded white and uh, I’d say of their 20’s, of their 30’s possibly.”
Orozco disputes that the custodian was scaling the fence on the faculty.
“There was no proof of him climbing over the fence and that was the explanation why the police got here,” she mentioned.
When police arrived, she mentioned that the custodian recognized himself and even had his uniform together with his title and title on it.
“He mentioned he was there for about half-hour or so, till, I suppose, the principal got here to establish him,” she mentioned.
The custodian was ultimately launched.
In response to Sunday’s incident, PUSD Superintendent Brian McDonald, Ed. D. put out the next assertion:
“A deeply regarding incident occurred on Sunday, August 14, 2022, involving a Pasadena Unified College District (PUSD) custodian and quite a lot of cops from the Pasadena Police Division at San Rafael Elementary College.
On Sunday, August 14, 2022, the San Rafael Elementary College head custodian who has labored for PUSD for 14 years, was on campus performing extra work requested by the varsity administration. He was carrying his District uniform and had a set of college keys in his possession. Pasadena cops arrived at campus apparently in response to a report of a potential intruder on the faculty.
I’ve issues in regards to the method through which the PUSD worker was apprehended and the way in which he was handled. I even have questions on misstatements probably made by the person who referred to as the police.
Yesterday, I spoke with the interim Pasadena Police Chief to voice my issues. He has pledged to research. I additionally spoke with the interim metropolis supervisor in the present day who additionally pledged to look into the matter. I’m in search of a full rationalization of how this case was dealt with.
Whereas we see the Pasadena Police Division as a associate company in our metropolis, as with all Pasadena neighborhood members, we count on that regulation enforcement will act respectfully and appropriately when coping with members of the general public, together with our PUSD employees. We’ll proceed to collect data earlier than figuring out any additional motion.”
The Pasadena Police Division forwarded a report back to CBSLA from the personal safety firm contracted by the varsity, through which a safety guard acknowledged he seen Principal Ramirez’s “irate demeanor” when he arrived on the scene.
Principal Ramirez is about to satisfy with dad and mom Monday at 7 p.m. on a zoom name to debate the scenario.
In the meantime, Pasadena PD additionally continues to research.