VIDEO: California student involved in bullying not allowed to return to school

DANVILLE, Calif. (KRON) — The student responsible for recording a video of a classmate urinating at San Ramon Valley High School in Danville, California will not be allowed to return to the school, according to school district officials.

The student was originally arrested for invasion of privacy after filming a 16-year-old girl urinating in a bathroom stall and then posting it to Instagram. However, the student was allowed to return to school after a short suspension.

The parents of the girl criticized officials with the school district for not doing enough to punish the perpetrator.

This is the latest in a string of controversial incidents dating back to 2016 that some view as bullying, racially insensitive, and Islamophobia in the district.

The school district reopened the investigation and “took action to ensure that the two students involved will never be enrolled at the same San Ramon Valley Unified high school campus again,” according to an email sent out Friday.

Dear SRVUSD Parents and Staff,
This is a follow-up communication to the one we sent you on Tuesday about the bullying
incident at San Ramon Valley High School. We want you to know that the Board of
Education absolutely does not tolerate this type of behavior, or any bullying, on any San Ramon
Valley Unified School District campus.

The Board of Education’s concern regarding this incident resulted in further review of the matter.
As a result, the District took action to ensure that the two students involved will never be
enrolled at the same San Ramon Valley Unified high school campus again. Federal and
California laws protect all students’ privacy. Therefore, we are prevented from sharing further
details with you.

The San Ramon Valley Unified School District is committed to protecting our students and
ensuring that they have a safe place to learn. Moving forward, we will ensure that additional
mandatory training on District reporting requirements and remedies related to bullying and
harassment takes place for all administrators in time for the 2017-18 school year. We will also
review and improve the policies related to student discipline and participation in schoolsponsored
extra-curricular activities.

We remain committed to continuing ongoing education and dialog for students and staff on
bullying and harassment prevention, reporting and resolution so that every child feels safe at
school. Thank you for your continued support of our students.

Sincerely,
Mark Jewett, Board President
Ken Mintz, Board Vice President
Rachel Hurd, Board Clerk
Denise Jennison, Board Member
Greg Marvel, Board Member
Rick Schmitt, Superintendent

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