SAN JOSE, Calif. - A South Bay school district said on Wednesday that the woman seen on video, who appears to cough intentionally on a baby in a stroller, is a district employee.
San Jose police consider the crime caught on camera at a Yogurtland earlier this month, a felony assault because of the pandemic.
Oak Grove School District said they are aware of the alleged incident involving one of their employees, who they did not name.
"The employee is currently off of work and not providing any services to our District students," the district said in a statement.
Oak Grove schools said they are cooperating with San Jose police in their ongoing investigation.
East Bay Times reports no arrest has been made as of Wednesday night, according to police.
The Oak Grove School District’s highest priority is the safety of our students and the well-being of all of the children in the community we serve. We DO NOT TOLERATE CONDUCT FROM ANY EMPLOYEE THAT COMPROMISES ANY CHILD'S SAFETY. We are aware of an incident allegedly involving one of our employees who was videotaped coughing on a baby at a local Yogurtland. We have been in contact with the San Jose Police Department (SJPD), which is investigating this incident and working to confirm the identity of the individual involved. The District has been directed by SJPD not to take any action in this matter while the SJPD investigation is pending. We have been in regular contact with SJPD and have offered the full support and cooperation of the District in their investigation. We have also informed SJPD that a PROMPT investigation into this matter is critical so that the District can take all action available to it in addressing this incident if it does turn out to involve a District employee. The employee who has been identified as a person of interest in this matter is currently off of work and not providing any services to our District students.
The Oak Grove School District serves a diverse community in the City of San Jose. Our student population represents the rich diversity of our community and as a District we are extremely sensitive to protecting the rights of our students, their families, and our community members. The incident that occurred at Yogurtland is despicable. There is no place in the Oak Grove School District for any employee who would deliberately cause harm to a child. If the District receives confirmation from SJPD that the individual involved in the Yogurtland incident is our employee, we will take immediate action.
We have received numerous threats of violence and/or damage to our schools stemming from this incident. We understand and share the feelings of anger around this incident. However, we ask everyone to remember that the mission of the Oak Grove School District is to serve children, including those from some of the most vulnerable populations in our San Jose community. Violence or damage to our students’ schools only serves to harm the very population that those who are emailing the District seek to protect: our kids. We implore those in and out of our community to voice your concerns in appropriate and nonviolent ways so that our schools remain ready to welcome our students back for learning this summer and in the fall. Please be assured that WE HEAR YOU, WE SHARE YOUR SENSE OF OUTRAGE, AND WE WILL TAKE APPROPRIATE STEPS once the identity of the individual in question is confirmed.
Oak Grove School District