By Robert Haugh
Since Jenn Wadsworth of Metro Newspapers broke the Dominic Caserta scandal on May 8, the Santa Clara Unified School District (SCUSD) has sent out two press releases this week.
They’re long. They talk about a lot of policies and how to report harassment. But none of them mention Caserta — the Santa Clara High School teacher accused of sexually harassing multiple students and minors. If you read the press releases, you’d have no idea what the entire Bay Area press and the entire Mission City has been talking about nonstop for a week.
You can read the SCUSD releases below. (Note: drink coffee first). There’s not one word about Caserta in two long press releases –none.
Here’s an interesting comparison. In a story in the Mercury News yesterday, the South San Francisco School District reports an arrest of teacher:
On the home page of the school district’s website, Superintendent Shawnterra Moore addressed the arrest and wrote that (teacher Joseph) Toy was placed on on administrative before criminal charges were filed.
“The teacher remains on administrative leave and will no longer be on any of our campuses pending the outcome of this case,” Moore wrote. “District and school leaders are cooperating closely with SSFPD officers as they continue their criminal investigation.”
Santa Clara City Council Meeting
Councilwoman Patty Mahan wouldn’t say Caserta’s name either Tuesday night. That’s when the major agenda item was about Caserta and his alleged victims. Some of them claimed that Caserta sexually harassed them and stalked them. Some said that their teacher verbally and physically abused them. It was terrible news and led to his resignation.
Mahan tells Caserta’s victims in the audience that their alleged abuse is like her having cancer. Huh? It was a strange moment for everyone in the room. This sign shows how people felt about Mahan’s odd speech:
Then, Mahan goes into a tirade about how they need to let the voters select a new councilmember. No kidding. You can watch her for yourself on YouTube from 1:27:45 to 1:32:35.
Is Caserta now Santa Clara’s Voldemort? That’s the Dark Lord who’s the evil figure in the Harry Potter books. No witch or wizard will say his name. They have to refer to him instead as “You-Know-Who” or “He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.”
Maybe the next SCUSD press release will refer to “Former Teacher You-Know-Who.”
Maybe at the next council meeting Mahan will refer to “Former Councilmember He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.”