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Timeline: Palo Alto High sexual assault case

Original post made on May 15, 2017

From Oct. 25, 2015, to May 16, 2017, here are the events as they unfolded.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, May 15, 2017, 6:05 PM

Comments (21)

Posted by Justice Jim
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on May 15, 2017 at 8:20 pm

PALY District Meeting is [Tuesday] night. Interested to see what action is decided to be taken...


Posted by Concerned dad
a resident of Community Center
on May 15, 2017 at 8:35 pm

How many other times has this male student committed assault without victims courageously coming forward? Scary.


Posted by Mom
a resident of Fairmeadow
on May 15, 2017 at 9:06 pm

Will he be expelled from all the PAUSD schools immediately?
I heard that a student would be transferred to other PAUSD school when he did something wrong. That's why there was one class dedicated to newly transferred students and most of the classmates did something wrong when my daughter was transferred to that class at JLS from our old town in the middle of the year. Back then JLS was less populated among other PAUSD middle schools, so all the transferred students came to JLS first.
Will he come to Gunn without revealing what he did because he is a minor?
Well, students would know who he is probably by chatting behind. But how will I know as a parent which student is dangerous?


Posted by Paly Parent
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on May 15, 2017 at 9:07 pm

My child knows of someone in 12th who was affected by the male student. There are likely more out there who are too embarrassed to tell.

With the train suicides, principal and teacher being fired for sexual deviance, Diorio and McGee were probably hoping this wouldn't surface, as we are 3 weeks from the end of the school year. Thank you, KTVU. We need leaders who care about our students, not just the PAUSD reputation. We need more than just figureheads. Neither have addressed student stress.

And have you seen the cut-through traffic on Churchill in the morning, driving right next to our student bikers? Someone has gotten hit by a car but there have been no improvements there. The situation has fallen on deaf ears. Diorio is quite aware of the dangers on Churchill, yet she ignores it.


Posted by what
a resident of Greenmeadow
on May 15, 2017 at 9:57 pm

Well, this might explain Holly Wade's departure from the district Web Link


Posted by More than one school
a resident of Gunn High School
on May 15, 2017 at 10:13 pm

@Mom:

If PAUSD decides to expel this kid, the only way we'll know is through the kids. EVERYTHING will be kept private: type of discipline, what school he may/may not be transferred to, etc.

As a parent, we won't know who is dangerous except for the student underground. My daughter was recently groped at Gunn. After telling him to stop and setting boundaries, she saw him do it to another girl and reported it. The kid is still on campus and is kept separate from my daughter. But now he's hanging around my younger daughter and her friends. Daughter 2 knows what happened with her sister and is on her guard. I can see how this can be a learning opportunity as it's not as serious as what happened to the girls in this story.

Although I wouldn't necessarily call this kid "dangerous", I did ask my kids to be more vigilant and if they see him on campus to watch him/his actions around other girls.

But you will never be told by the administration (told to me by Gunn administration when I spoke to them re: my situation) due to federal/privacy laws.

Here's hoping he's not transferred to Gunn.


Posted by Kathy Jordan
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 16, 2017 at 2:36 pm

How can the District be considered credible in handling these issues? Dr. McGee doesn't seem much informed according to his statements and the timeline above. Does this mean he is out of touch? Palo Principal Kim Diary withheld reporting 25 sexual misconduct reports for three years from the last set of OCR investigated incidents. Was there ongoing harm to students then? What about for these victims now? Apparently, as of Monday, Ms. Diorio is stating in an Infocus video that she is a survivor of sexual harassment. 81% of girls in 8th - 11th grade have experienced sexual harassment, according to the NWLC. So just about every woman breathing is probably a survivor. Makes it even more odd she did not come forward and protect students by reporting their complaints. These incidents and how they are handled are student safety issues. How are we going to protect our children?


Posted by Hmm
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on May 16, 2017 at 4:31 pm

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Posted by Paly Student
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on May 16, 2017 at 5:19 pm

Another unfortunate thing the Paly administration has handled wrong and then tried to talk their way out of this year. I get that it's hard to not dig in one's heels in a situation like theirs, but if they owned up to mistakes and learned from those mistakes the first time around, things would be a lot better IMO. The InFocus segment did nothing but to lessen Ms. Diorio's credibility in the eyes of the students.


Posted by Former Paly Student
a resident of Downtown North
on May 16, 2017 at 7:42 pm

I think that the real problem is that punishment for crimes/school policy violations goes far beyond what the law/policy prescribes and no one is willing to ruin his life.


Posted by citizen
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 16, 2017 at 9:25 pm

Why is the student still at school? With such repeated behavior he should be getting psychiatric treatment, at the least. Why are we risking safety of other students?


Posted by More than one school
a resident of Gunn High School
on May 16, 2017 at 9:35 pm

@citizen:

The student is leaving campus...

Web Link

But I worry...will they transfer him to Gunn or is he leaving the district? We won't be notified by the district. How will we know?


Posted by Member
a resident of another community
on May 16, 2017 at 9:54 pm

Palo Alto High School failed to protect their female students from this serial molester. The girls were assaulted by the school athlete and then had to endure bullying for coming forward. The school did not pull all extracurricular privileges from this athlete as the school policy requires. The school officials should have been checking the school graffiti daily and social media in order to be aware of what is happening within their walls.

If this was my local high school I would be petitioning for the removal of McGee and Diorio. They should be held accountable for their roles in ignoring the rights of their female students.


Posted by Kathy Jordan
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 17, 2017 at 1:22 pm

While he won't be completing the school year at Paly this year, he is a junior. What about next year?


Posted by Local Self-Defense Instructor
a resident of Midtown
on May 17, 2017 at 1:26 pm

Do our students understand personal boundaries?

I find it interesting that PALY, GUNN and other local schools have repeatedly ignored my attempts to teach self-defense workshops at their schools. Even PAPD is interested in me doing this. Yet somehow the administrations of these schools have expressed no interest...

One of my senior Karate students even tried to set up a self-defense club at Gunn at the beginning of this school year and was turned down.

I have been teaching self-defense since 1989 (traditional Karate since 1984). I have quite a few PALY students in my bi-weekly self-defense classes (in Palo Alto). But EVERYONE should learn some self-defense skills. Some of what we work on is physical skills but we also talk about things like personal boundaries. I think many of our students (as well as others) could benefit from such conversations.

And yes, I am very much interested in speaking to the macho boys as well about respect, no-means-no, etc.

Oh. And I have been offering to teach these self-defense workshops at all our local schools for FREE. Yes. I am the high end for Karate instruction on the west coast and have very limited time available yet I am offering to do this for no charge. And I'm still being turned down...

Parents- Are you also interested in turning a blind eye toward the problem? I didn't think so. Please consider signing this petition: Web Link

Thank you. Your kids will thank you later. And hopefully the school administrators will thank me later as well. ;-)


Posted by Wow
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on May 17, 2017 at 1:51 pm

"And yes, I am very much interested in speaking to the macho boys as well about respect, no-means-no, etc."

There's the glaring red flag statement right there. If you don't see it you're part of the problem. Please do not get anywhere near our boys. Thank you PASD for denying this person access to our children. it was obviously a very sound decision.


Posted by Lean on facts...
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on May 17, 2017 at 4:34 pm

We seem to be very lean on facts...a lot of gaps in the timeline (even identified as missing by the timeline) which people are now filling with conjecture. The slow pace the district's attorneys are working at to wordsmith every email and press release isn't helping this matter. Questions that we need answered:
1. Assault on campus? No? How do you know? Because the DA declined to press charges? Why did they decline? Yes? What was the response? Why?
2. Can the district remove a student convicted of an off-campus assault? No? Why not? Yes? Why didn't they?

The 1st set of questions probably can't be answered because of privacy (of both students!) But the 2nd questions seem open to public discussion and germane to addressing people's concerns.


Posted by Consent 101
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 17, 2017 at 6:51 pm

@Wow... so you don't want your boys to learn about consent? Now THAT is just WOW.


Posted by Concerned Resident
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on May 19, 2017 at 3:44 pm

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Posted by Far Far Away
a resident of another community
on May 20, 2017 at 8:06 am

The only questions that matters now are how many more victims of this guy are out there and is anyone trying to find out.


Posted by Education
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 22, 2017 at 3:01 pm

@ WOW
I fail to see how the statement you quote is a "glaring red flag statement". Please explain.


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