School janitor accused of violent threats

Posted at 7:15 AM, May 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-16 23:12:45-04

A North County school district is alerting parents at three different schools about a janitor placed on administrative leave, but the district is not saying why.

San Marcos Unified School District officials are not discussing the action taken because it's a personnel matter, but according to an emergency temporary restraining order the district filed in court, the situation is much more serious.

An automated call was placed to parents late Friday afternoon that said: "When district administration was made aware of the recent allegations surrounding this employee, they immediately commenced a thorough investigation and the individual was placed on administrative leave."

However, what the call did not reveal were details from the temporary restraining order the district filed. According to the documents, the janitor is accused of aggression and hostility toward other school employees at several schools within the district.

The documents claim the janitor (who is currently employed by San Marcos Middle School and has worked for Woodland Park Middle School and Alvin Dunn Elementary School in the past) is accused of kicking a student, and state that he threatened to shoot up one of the schools, naming a specific principal in the threat.

"I'm glad that they're doing it for the protection of the kids, but I would've liked to have been notified, had something happened, as a parent, [I] have no idea that this happened three weeks ago. I don't like that," said parent Shannon Schmidt.

Schmidt and other parents first found out about the investigation from Team 10 after a visit on Thursday to the school where the janitor currently works.

The Team 10 investigation appeared to have forced the district to inform all parents by phone the following day.

For 10News at 6 p.m., Team 10 Investigator Allison Ash is reviewing the long list of accusations the district is leveling against the janitor, and she is also asking district officials for answers.

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