By Anthony Saude
Chino – Students at Don Lugo High School in Chino were accused of sexually hazing other students in a classroom that was not being supervised by a teacher.
A student caught some of the incident on video. The video shows two football players holding another player down on the ground while simulating sexual acts.
In the video everybody is clothed, but Irene Hernandez Blair says there have been other reports that the alleged assaults were even more graphic.
Some of these reports state that was actual flesh to flesh contact. Blair is not only a parent of one of the alleged hazing victims; she is also a Chino Valley Unified School District Board member. Blair spoke about these reported incidents at a recent board meeting on June 14.
“These are the facts: Egregious acts took place while the kids were unsupervised,” she said in a recording of the meeting.
She said she was notified by the school superintendent and other board members last November about several videos showing football players performing lewd acts on other players, including placing genitals on students.
“I wanted parents to be advised that their sons were being interviewed and the reason as to why,” she said.
The school board decided not to inform the parents what their children were being questioned in reference to the incidents. Technically the school board doesn’t have a legal obligation to notify parents that any students were even being interviewed, much less about what.
Chino police have been contacted and the incidents are currently under investigation.
Blair said the school district conducted their own investigation and human resources recommended terminating head football coach, Gred Gano, for leaving the class of students without any adult supervision.
But school board members voted in favor of the coach without any disciplinary action whatsoever.
Blair recused herself from the vote because her son is an alleged victim.
It was reported that four students were expelled and a 14-year-old boy has been cited by Chino police.
Two of those students were eventually reinstated and one was allowed back on the football team.
Should Coach Gano have been held accountable?
The school district released the following statement:
“At Chino Valley Unified School District, the safety of our students is our highest priority. At this point, we cannot comment on pending litigation.”