Written by AARON CASTREJON
COVINA - Richard Sheehan, a superintendent beloved by many in the Covina-Valley Unified School District, has agreed to resign effective June 30.
The Covina-Valley Unified school board made the announcement after a closed session meeting Tuesday. Sheehan is mired in a criminal investigation involving three victims.
The Covina Police Department was contacted during an internal investigation conducted by the school district into misconduct with current and former students, according to a written statement by the Covina Police Department.
“We’ve asked the Glendora Police Department to assist us by handling this initial investigation. Our intent is to ensure a thorough and transparent investigation by law enforcement,” Covina Police said in a written statement.
Sheehan will remain on paid administrative leave until his resignation next month.
What Sheehan is accused of doing has run the gamut among the community, in real life and on social media.
Covina Police emphasized that Sheehan's alleged transgressions go beyond social media posts allegedly involving the embattled former superintendent.
In doing light research on social media, a video surfaced showing very brief flashes of a shirtless Sheehan flexing a bicep in a selfie -- his lower half was blocked by a black square insinuating he was nude. That same photo was seen elsewhere on Twitter sans the black square, showing he was actually wearing a pair of black shorts.
How these photos were acquired is not immediately known.
Parents took to the streets May 17 to protest Sheehan’s treatment by the district after learning of the plan to replace him — the same day the district announced he was placed on administrative leave.
Elizabeth Eminhizer was named acting superintendent by a unanimous vote May 18.
Written by AARON CASTREJON
COVINA - Four teens were arrested Wednesday after a feud between students of the Charter Oak Unified School district devolved to a brutal fight and social media threat of further violence at Charter Oak High School.
The reported threat of violence is supposedly to take place at Charter Oak High School Friday, November 22. Covina Police and San Dimas Sheriff’s deputies will have an increased presence to ensure the safety of students and staff, the Covina Police Department said in a written statement.
Social media posts suggest that the long-standing feud would allegedly escalate to gunfire and as the posts were shared more and more, people believed a school shooting was planned, according to Lt. Ryan Davis of the Covina Police Department.
“There isn’t any specific information that we can confirm as valid at this point,” Davis said.
The threat is fallout of an escalating fight between students at Charter Oak High School and students from elsewhere in the Charter Oak Unified School District -- the latter group entered a Charter Oak High locker room and a fistfight broke out November 20, Davis said.
“This was a planned fight. A mutual fight,” Davis said. “One of the the subjects from another school gets this kid into a choke hold and he ends up choking the kid unconscious.”
The subject kept the teen in a choke hold, even after the teen lost consciousness. The teen was dropped to the ground and kicked twice in the head, Davis said.
Police were notified the evening of the fight. Four suspects were identified. Police took them into custody Thursday, Davis said.
Among the charges are assault with a deadly weapon for the primary suspect, fighting on a school campus and trespassing, Davis said.
Some of the students were advised to stay away from the high school previously.
The Charter Oak Unified School District released a statement on the threat:
“The Charter Oak Unified School District, Glendora Police Department and Covina Police Department are aware of a fight at Charter Oak High School and video postings of the fight and are investigating rumors regarding potential additional serious disturbances on the COHS and/or Arrow High School campuses tomorrow, Friday, November 22, 2019.
“The entire COUSD administration is being proactive and is planning with the Covina Police Department, Glendora Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff to ensure a presence in the area tomorrow. Additionally, district leadership and Covina Police will be on campus at Charter Oak High School all day on Friday.”
Written by AARON CASTREJON
COVINA - A man accused of being under the influence of drugs was arrested on the Covina High School campus Friday and was found in possession of ammunition before officers located a gun nearby.
The man ran into a school office at Covina High School, 463 S. Hollenbeck Ave., at 7:54 a.m. He was acting erratic, claiming someone was chasing him, Covina Police said.
The Covina Police school resource officer arrived to the office and detained the man after believing he was under the influence of a controlled substance.
The man was placed in custody after a background check revealed he had outstanding warrants. A single bullet was found in the man's possession, Covina Police said.
After being questioned about a firearm, the man led the school resource officer to some bushes near the school and a loaded semi-automatic handgun was found, Covina Police said.
“The suspect was arrested without incident and any potential threat to the school was eliminated,” Covina Police said in a written statement.
34-year-old George Gonzales from Rialto was booked on suspicion of obstructing a peace officer and for being a felon in possession of a firearm. He is being held at the Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles in lieu of $105,000 bail.