CALIFORNIA - Parents, school officials and police are still in shock over accounts by seven-year-old students that their classmates had stripped or engaged in oral sex during class in a school in norther California.
As investigation continues at Markham Elementary School in Oakland, Associated Press (AP) reported that a second-grade teacher had been placed on leave. The male teacher, whose name has not been released, is barred from campus at least until the investigation is completed.
According to media reports, the teacher claimed he did not see any of the acts that authorities suspect occurred last week.
Describing what allegedly happened as "unthinkable", Troy Flint, spokesman for the Oakland Unified School District, also told AP: "We believe if the reports are true, there was a serious lapse of judgment or lack of supervision in the classroom."
Principal Pam Booker learned of the allegations after a student gave an account to a teacher's assistant.
She told reporters: "We have interviewed all the student participants who were implicated, as well as their teacher, and we continue to investigate the matter aggressively."
One incident involved several students who partially undressed and acted disruptively during class, while the other involved students who engaged in oral sex, officials said.
A CBS video on the incident has since been removed from online viewing. No reason is given on the website.
Meanwhile, counsellors went to the school last week to speak with students.