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Junipero Serra HS teacher sues: Students took up-skirt videos

Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, California sued by teacher
Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, California sued by teacher

Kimberly Bohnert has filed a lawsuit against Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, California over an unnerving experience she had last year as a teacher at the school. According to the lawsuit which was filed last Thursday, students at the all-male high school took inappropriate videos of her while she was teaching. The videos were taken with the shots aimed up her skirt. Then, the photos were passed around to classmates, according to a Fox News report on Sunday. The video-taking was a competition, of sorts, among the students.

Bohnert, 38, asserts that she and other female teachers were subjected to the prank. Her concern, beyond being inappropriately photographed and those photos being forwarded for public viewing, is that the administration’s attitude has been “boys will be boys” which has allowed student misconduct to flourish. The teacher says that school officials have failed to protect her against her being subjected to sexually explicit images of herself and then being exposed on social media. The school administration said, on two occasions, they would investigate and take action but never did, according to Bohnert.

Besides suing the school, Bohnert is suing the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Francisco which is in charge of the school. The school’s administration argues that they have taken action by disciplining the students, according to the New York Daily News. They claim that they have also involved the local police. It is reported that the school eventually expelled six students over the incidents and suspended six others. Also, San Mateo police has referred the six juveniles who are most culpable for having produced and distributed the sexually explicit images of teachers to the San Mateo County Juvenile Probation Department.

The school has 840 students and 64 teachers. Twenty-one of those teachers are female. The school is known for its athletics and has had such well-known athletes as football’s Tom Brady and baseball’s Barry Bonds as students in the past.