Around 11 am on Tuesday, police were called out to Montgomery Elementary School. According to a communication from Principal Sally Plicka, “We had a police car at our school, but everyone is safe and all is going well. “
She wrote, “There was a report made by students about a substitute teacher. The students did just what they were supposed to do and told their concerns to another adult in the classroom. The concerns were taken seriously and the substitute was removed from working with students.”
She added, “As part of the investigation, the police responded and the issue was resolved with care for students, staff and the person involved. I cannot share details of the student concerns or the investigation, but I can tell you that my staff and I take the safety and care of all of our students seriously and I am proud of the way everyone responded today. It is important to me to keep our parent community informed and to answer questions when possible. I consider this issue an unfortunate issue for our campus but one that was resolved well.”
According to Deputy Chief David Delaini, there was an adult on campus who was acting strangely and police were called out to the school based on reports from the students.
They searched the car and found concentrated cannabis in the building.
Danette Boles, 53, a substitute teacher, was cited and released for a violation of Health and Safety Code section 11357(d), “Except as authorized by law, every person 18 years of age or over who possesses not more than 28.5 grams of marijuana, other than concentrated cannabis, upon the grounds of, or within, any school providing instruction in kindergarten or any of grades 1 through 12 during hours the school is open for classes or school-related programs is guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500), or by imprisonment in a county jail for a period of not more than 10 days, or both.”
—David M. Greenwald reporting