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Teacher no longer at Anacapa Middle School after recorded diatribe makes national news

Anacapa Middle School in Ventura

Anacapa Middle School in Ventura

An Anacapa Middle School history teacher is no longer working at the Ventura campus after an investigation sparked by a video of in-class comments that have made international news.

On Friday, Ventura Unified School District officials said the female history teacher was no longer working at the 100 S. Mills Road site. Officials declined to say whether the teacher was still employed by the district.

The story erupted earlier this week when CBS Channel 2 in Los Angeles aired an exclusive story that included audio of the teacher telling students that Hunter Biden had “child pornography on his laptop” and “was having sexual intercourse with his own niece,” among other politically charged topics.

During the seven-minute recording, the teacher also reportedly discussed vaccines and told students Donald Trump was currently president, according to the broadcast.

The mother of the eighth-grade student who recorded the session told the TV station when her son got in the car after class, he was “very upset” and announced he was never getting vaccinated and never getting any more shots.

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Then the boy reportedly asked: “‘Did you know Trump’s still president?'” the mother told CBS reporter Joy Benedict.

The mother said the encounter damaged her and her husband’s relationship with their son, who reportedly told them: “Dad, teachers know everything.”

The CBS story has been picked up by news outlets around the country and internationally and has drawn attention on social media.

The station did not name the teacher because she was not charged with a crime. The district did not release her name, citing personnel matters. The CBS segment identified the mother, but The Star has not yet made direct contact with her and is not naming her at this time.

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Marieanne Quiroz, spokesperson for the school district, said the recording was shared with school administrators on the evening of Oct. 18. An investigation was launched right away, she said.

Later that week, an administrative team from Anacapa Middle School reviewed the outcome, she said. The results came back just before the school closed for its week-long fall break on Oct. 25.

When school resumed on Nov. 1 – the same day the video was apparently released to the TV station – district authorities were in the process of taking appropriate action, Quiroz said. The probe was conducted according guidelines of the collective bargaining agreement for teachers, Quiroz said.

A call to the union representative for Anacapa Middle School teachers was not immediately returned Friday.

Quiroz said the district “does not condone the non-instructionally related discussion” that took place in class and said officials are working “very closely” to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

The teacher in question, she said, has “expressed deep remorse for what occurred.”

This story will be updated when new information becomes available.

This article originally appeared on Ventura County Star: Teacher no longer at Ventura school after comments make national news

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