Student Addresses BUHS School Board Concerning Alleged Privacy Violations by Fellow Student

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BRAWLEY- Possible charges are pending against one juvenile Brawley Union High student who allegedly filmed a female athlete while she changed in a locker room in one of the school gyms, according to a Brawley police representative. The purported incident also involves other male BUHS students who allegedly retransmitted the electronic images via their cell phones. However, no charges have been brought against any other students, according to Brawley Police Sgt. Kelly Brown.

“We have conducted our investigation and forwarded it to the District Attorney’s office,” Sgt. Brown said. Brown said other agencies were involved in the investigation to aid in retrieving technology-based evidence.

Details of the pending case came to light following a tearful speech during the public comment portion of Brawley Union High School’s board meeting April 15 in which the alleged victim pleaded with the board for definitive action concerning the enrollment status of the other male students allegedly involved.

The purported actions violate California Penal Code 647 (j), a statute which makes it a crime to secretly videotape, film, photograph or record another identifiable person in full or partial states of dress when there is a reasonable assumption of privacy, as in a dressing or locker room.

It is the policy of this newspaper to not identify juvenile victims or alleged juvenile perpetrators of crime to give them a measure of privacy.

In front of a filled room, the young female athlete tearfully pleaded with board members to transfer three male students out of the school who allegedly were involved in spreading the images of her while changing her clothes in a locker room back in February of this year. The female student was unaware that her privacy had been violated until another athlete informed the family about the video.

“This experience has hurt me socially, academically and emotionally,” said the female athlete to the board members.

“It was like a betrayal,” said the girl’s mother during an interview with this newspaper. “These kids have been over to our house for BBQs and birthday parties… and now this.”

According to the female student, the campus police were notified after the alleged incident and they confiscated the phones of several young men. In district action, one student was removed from the school while two others were suspended for five days, one month after the parents notified the school of the alleged incident, according to the female student.

Letters obtained by this newspaper from the alleged victim’s family to the district, and a letter in response from the superintendent, confirmed that one student was removed from the campus following the incident while two others were removed for several days.

The victim’s mother said they have a meeting scheduled with the county District Attorney’s office on Friday.

When a phone call was placed to the Imperial County District Attorney’s Office, Deputy District Attorney Jodi Miller said, “We cannot talk about it since it involves minors. We cannot confirm the case is pending, as it involves minors.”

In a phone call, the alleged victim’s mother said they sent a letter to Superintendent Dr. Hasmik Danielian on April 1 stating that they would like the school to take further action regarding two other students allegedly involved who are still in attendance at BUHS.

The district superintendent replied to the family’s letter April 16, following the female athlete’s comments at the BUHS board meeting.

Brawley Union High Board President Rusty Garcia said since the matter was reported, it is being looked into by the administration and law enforcement. He said the trustees would leave any further public comments and disciplinary decisions to District Superintendent Dr. Danielian.

“We cannot divulge anything about our students,” said Danielian. “The student’s concerns have been addressed and we are continuing the investigation. I assure you that we are taking this very seriously.”

Despite the ongoing investigation, the suspects were still allowed to participate in state competitions, said the female athlete’s mother.

“As a parent it’s frustrating. It’s like if a kid doesn’t bring a gun or drugs to school the school doesn’t really care what else happens,” said the victim’s mother. “This is a life-changing event in my daughter’s life and these boys are just living life like nothing happened,” continued the frustrated parent. She said at this time it seems to be too late to do much to protect and help her daughter, but that they want to encourage the school administration to change its procedures for possible future incidences.

41 COMMENTS

  1. They made a mistake .. Young and dumb..The girl is not innocent like she says the boys yes did wrong and should be punished but now the girl is hares sing one boy so two wrongs make a right . She wants to play with the guys boys do crazy things

  2. So the school should “anticipate” that your little sweetie is going to plant a recording device. There’s nothing wrong with the facility were she changed . I’ve changed there . Few kids just had bad intentions. He didn’t tell others to stop until he heard girls older brother was looking for him. Now that’s really the truth. No matter what your selling

    • Okay because you were there, correct? You know exactly what went on in that room, right? As someone stated the boy never even told his side so we should believe co-conspirators who are at risk of adult charges if they tell the truth? The ignorance is really on the shoulders of those who don’t dig for the truth and would rather take things at face value. The naivety of some is just overwhelming.

  3. Anonymous, I agree that witnesses should have come forward earlier and I don’t believe these are bad apples they just did a bad thing. nothing else you say has any truth and if you don’t realize that , I do. Quit protecting the guilty boys and deflecting blame and minimizing what was done by anyone involved. It’s BS and you know it. No one tried to protect this girl except the ones that reported it to her just after being shown the pictures. Especially the one your referring to mom,dad, or whoever you are. It’s obvious

  4. How were these students allowed to continue to compete in their respective sport? The administration, athletic director, and coaches need to be held accountable. If the students had been in a fight on campus they wouldn’t have been allowed to compete! Even more sickening is that these boys are going to be allowed to attend prom. Don’t let your daughter change on campus at BUHS, because the school will not respect her privacy.

  5. I cannot believe all the negative comments about the victum,and these are by women,every day you hear about a young girl killing her self after she has been tormented,bullied or raped etc etc by people she knows and thought were her friends,this is just another case of the same,you see a beautiful vibrent talented young girl be betrayed,abused or what ever by supposed friends and she becomes a quite,subdued ,tormented, depressed,afraid and not sure of any thing any more and then she does not want to live and face it all another day,these boys and their friends are doing all of this to this victum and you all are so concerned about them getting in trouble, and people are defending them,no matter what happens to these boys it will never be enough for trying to destroy this beautiful young girl,I am a true believer if you do bad you will receive bad back,so hold on boys your day is coming and I hope real soon

    • As a young woman who has been exploded myself I believe in prosecuting the sorce, With social media the way it is today there is no way to stop it from expanding. Kids at the age of 17 or 18 do not have the mental capacity to understand the repercussion of their actions. The child that video taped the girl changing is dead wrong. He knew he was wrong and punishment should fit the crime. I have niece and I understand your frustrations but being impartial I believe in fair judgment. Do you really believe they require equal punishment. Nonsense! go directly to the source!

  6. one boys phone recored this,he sent still pictures to other boys and those boys sent them to others,any one that sent the pictures on is guilty,only one boy has been punished the other were only given 5 days while one is permenent,they are all as guilty as the first one,I love the way you blame the girl,you are the same people that blame a rape victum,just remember this cam happen to any girl if this is not stopped,my som would never be allowed to carry a cell phone again in my home,all these comments just show hjow ignorant people are by blaming the victum,it does not matter where she changed cloths,it was a private room with a door,these boys planned this and the one in real trouble tols how they planned it,the other lied but they all thought they could just send out the pictures and that she had no friends,most that got these pictures went straight to her and told her,the others were stupid and sent them to people and had a great time doing it,now it is time to face the music and pay for the crime,because this is a crime,and all you young ladies that think it is a joke,I cannot wait till this happens to you and we will see how you like your life being destroyed by people you thought had your back

    • Friend, I am sorry, but I have to question some of the statements in your comment. How do you “know that the girl changed in the room with privacy at Any time previous to this becoming public?” No one would have ever known about this unless the One Kid (the one being blamed for everything) didn’t come forward and tell her friend what was going on. You stated that several boys knew what was going on and LATER reported it…First of all that didn’t happen. The only person that said anything about what was going on was the One Boy being accused, and He reported it to a mutual friend of his and hers. Second, if things Did happen the way you said and other boys saw it or knew of it, why didn’t they report it immediately. Even if they weren’t involved in the actual offense, if they Knew about it and didn’t report it, they are guilty, also. The Truth of the matter is that the boy being accused of Everything told this girl’s close friend-a mutual friend- with the hope that that friend would help him get the others to Stop. It’s shameful how We read something and assume we know the facts! What happened to this girl Should Not have happened, but, unfortunately, it did. All of those involved should be punished, but the school is ultimately responsible for allowing this situation to take place. There are NO pictures of this girl out there, they Never reached the internet, and in the end we are left with this: a female student entered a predominantly male sport at a school that did not take the effort to make sure she would be protected. There are approx. 70 (give or take) athletes involved in her sport and only approx. 4 are female. As awful and hurtful as it is for the girl, the fact remains that The school should have anticipated that the boys (majority factor) who’s ages ranged from 14-18 would be expected within their age to act in a curious and immature way. Being a part of a predominantly male sport comes with a certain comfort zone. In looking at this sport at this school, the boys in question (and others) have done the same-if not Worse things- to each other. My whole point is that the One Boy being mentioned and blamed is a Good kid that thought of this girl as a Friend, and in an attempt to stop this from happening further to her and not get his so called ‘friend’s in trouble, is now taking the full brunt of the responsibility, and is in jeopardy of losing his future. Please get the full story before you comment! Actual children’s lives are on the line!

      • I know for a fact. And your information is false. You were fed the wrong story. Yes, there should have been preventative measures taken. But the boys chose to do what they did. They went out of their way to set up the camera when nobody was around.

        • Please tell me what is false about my information. I was not ‘fed’ the wrong story, but I believe you may have been. Something wrong took place. The school failed these students, and Good kid is taking the fall for it all. Those are the Facts. If you have any other information, please inform me-and all of us.,

      • WTF is all I have to comment to you,what about the girls future,ever think about her,,but we must protect these little boys,stupid is as stupid does,if you donot have the time do not do the crime,and this is a crime

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        • As a respectful adult I do not find it appropriate to curse . No one is protecting anyone stupid. Children may not alway make the best choice.but there is need for derogatorily comments. Please keep it resentful for everyone’s sake.

  7. All these post keep referring to the BOYS that video taped this girl. You mean the ONE BOY that video taped this girl by HIMSELF and sent it out to different kids. So your telling me that the kids that received this message should get the same punishment as the one who videotaped it. I think that’s ridiculous.

    • I have Hurd that the two boys who have send the pictures of the female had only sent it to one either person it is not lik they didn’t do wrong they did do wrong so I don’t know why they are being accused of sending it to multiple people

  8. Has anyone felt the need to hold the coaching staff accountable? Allowing this female student to undress and use this storage room as her own personal dressing room is not at all acceptable! Had she been in the girls SCHOOL’s OFFICAL girls LOCKER room all this could have been prevented!

  9. This whole situation is very unfortunate! First off, from this very paper’s admission, there are minor’s involved. Where and how did the ‘alleged suspects’ and ‘alleged victim’ have access to each other while changing clothes? Was the girl changing in a secure ‘girls’ facility? Where were the coaches and school faculty? How were these boy(s) allowed access to her changing area? Also, there are always two sides (sometimes more) sides to every story. I have heard that the boy they are accusing has not even been interviewed by the investigating officer, nor has a BUHS representative, faculty member, school principal, etc, even spoken to the accused minor since the day that the alleged incident was discovered. From what I have heard, the person being accused of wrong doing is not getting a ‘fair accounting’. I have not personally seen the proposed ‘evidence’, but have heard first hand that the accused has not been personally (nor through an attorney’s statement) given his side of the story. I don’t know everything, but it’s vital to question why a female athlete involved in a sport with males would not be provided with a gender specific changing area and was not checked by a coach or faculty member prior to allowing the female athlete to enter. Any school classrooms, gyms, offices, weight rooms, locker rooms, wrestling room, etc. should remain locked and monitored by responsible school faculty/employees when such areas are unlocked. What happened to this girl SHOULD NEVER have happened and although definite steps should occur to make sure something like this NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN, it definitely seems to me like the school is trying to crucify the one boy without giving him a proper chance to tell his side and is willing to put full blame and accountability on the boys involved rather than accepting that the school itself is responsible for allowing this incident to occur in the first place. This is just my opinion. I in NO WAY condone what happened to this girl. I also have trouble believing that the student being accused acted alone as stated. I wasn’t there and have never been involved in any legal or disciplinary issues but I find it very difficult to believe that someone would or could actually believe that a teenage boy single handedly orchestrated this invasion of privacy. This statement is very unrealistic to me. That assumption on its own should raise a flag of doubt. I am seriously praying that the truth and justice in this case will be brought to the public, and upheld!

  10. The female student was not in the appropriate area to be undressing in , the “locker room” stated is an actual storage room. Now you say RECIEVING content of sexual nature is the same as a sexual predator define PREDITOR ! How many of your children have received , taken, and sent photos of sexual content ?! I can bet All of them.

    • this room is not a boys locker room. It’s cannot be viewed from outside and can be locked. Female has used this to changed with 100 percent privacy for a year and a half till several boys were witnessed by male students (who later told the girl and staff and administration) planted a phone in a place hidden from view and placed it on video-record. This is what is alleged.

      • It is nor a girls locker room either. Just because it is private doesn’t make it acceptable, that’s saying anyone is allowed to undress anywhere s long as it is private. example: changing in a classroom, gym , or the cafeteria would be acceptable because doors lock and it’s private?! And she was allowed to do this for a year?!!!! Wow !

    • Diane so you think this is OK , and it is her fault?and all your kids do this?or are you a friend of one of these boys?or girl friend or relative?you must not have a daughter or you do not care if this happens to her,these boys define the word preditor,plan and execute to take naked pictures of a yound girl and distribute them to all the boys in her school ,preditor

      • No I am not the mother, I do have nieces, and I do feel this female student should not have been allowed to undress in an area other than the girls locker room. What happened is unfortunate, and calling those other students predators because they received pictures is absurd! There were others that received the same, and just cause they didn’t send out doesn’t mean they didn’t ASK to receive it. From my understanding They all viewed before deleting. I’m guessing on your definition of predator, that’s makes them ones as well???? Right?! So why don’t we just hang ALL of them instead of just 3 ?

        • if would not matter if the girl was behind a shower curtail,no one has the right to hade a camera and take unwanted pictures and send them,these boys conspired togeather,if you did not send them ok,if you did they are all guilty,you can not help what is sent to you,but if you send them shame on you,I sure hope your nieces do not have this happen to them as you seem to care more about the boys that did this then the girl,shame on you,my name is on this,why not yours?

        • Let’s drop this notion that one acted alone. Witnesses went on record to say more than one person was involved in planning of this. The one that allowed his phone to be used and admitted guilt up front got book thrown at him. He told who co conspirators were and witnesses backed this up. This changing facility she used is every bit as secure as a girls restroom unless people sneak in ahead of time and place a hidden recording device. this was reported swiftly

  11. Most young people do not read the newspaper so this may not help. For those who received these inappropriately taken photos, when they send them to a friend they are immediately guilty of distributing child pornography! Parents, when you purchase electronics, they are not toys, can be weapons and playing around with pictures can become felonious behavior.

  12. This whole situation is very unfortunate! First off, from this very paper’s admission, there are minor’s involved. Second, where and how did the ‘alleged suspects’ and ‘alleged victim’ have access to each other while changing clothes? Was the girl changing in a secure ‘girls’ facility? Where were the coaches and school faculty? How were these boy(s) allowed access to her changing area? Also, there are always two sides (sometimes more) sides to every story. I have heard that the boy they are accusing has not even been interviewed by the investigating officer, nor has a BUHS representative, faculty member, school principal, etc, even spoken to the accused minor since the day that the alleged incident was discovered. From what I have heard, the person being accused of wrong doing is not getting a ‘fair accounting’. I have not personally seen the proposed ‘evidence’, but have heard first hand that the accused has not been personally (nor through an attorney’s statement) given his side of the story. I don’t know everything, but I am inquisitive enough to question why a female athlete involved in a sport with males would not be provided with a gender specific changing area and was not (at least briefly) checked by a coach or faculty member prior to allowing the female athlete to enter. I also want to know what time this alleged infraction occurred. Regardless of the time, any school classrooms, gyms, offices, weight rooms, locker rooms, wrestling room, etc. should remain locked and monitored by responsible school faculty/employees when such areas are unlocked. What happened to this girl SHOULD NEVER have happened and although definite steps should occur to make sure something like this NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN, it definitely seems to me like the school is trying to crucify the one boy without giving him a proper chance to tell his side and is willing to put full blame and accountability on the boys involved rather than accepting that the school itself is resposible for allowing this incident to occur in the first place. This is just my opinion. I in NO WAY condone what happened to this girl/student/athlete! I also have trouble believing that the student being accused acted alone as stated. I wasn’t there and have never been involved in any legal or disciplinary issues but I find it very difficult to believe that someone (from the response of some to this article) would or could actually believe that a teenage boy single handedly orchestrated this invasion of privacy. This statement is very unrealistic to me. That assumption on its own should raise a flag of doubt. I am seriously praying that the truth and justice in this case will be brought to the public, and upheld!

  13. How were the boys able to record her l, while she was in the lockers and how did the boys access this area?

    • hide a cell phone that is recording,then take still pictures of the pictures you want by one of the other boys phones and send them all out to the boys and have A REAL FUN TIME DOING ALL OF THIS,and then blame the girl for you getting in trouble,that is how it is done

  14. You would think the parents of these young men would step in and say their children are wrong for doing what they did. I as a parent would remove my child from any sports or extra curricular activities myself. Allow them to accept responsibility for their actions. That’s the problem with today’s society. A slap on the hand as one person stated,because of being a jock sends the wrong message. Which is a small price to pay for knowingly trying to humiliate a student, regardless of gender. This is wrong! The young lady was in a private place. For the comment of two sides to every story, shame on you! Do you really think, she would have been okay with it all, if she knew she was being filmed? I think not! Choice’s have consequences, they knew exactly what they were doing,the friends should have been the first to speak up. Guilty by association is what it is called. I pray God would guide the family in the right direction. This should not be allowed to happen or taken lightly.

  15. There are always two sides to every story and unless there is evidence supporting these accusations the only known fact is that ONE male student recorded a female student. In no way receiving a video is at all the same as recording a video. Therefore the three boys SHOULD NOT RECEIVE THE SAME PUNISHMENT! Just because they were friends does not mean they are all GUILTY! Hear say does not prove anything.

  16. I’ve heard the boys involved are going to be allowed to attend prom, which is absurd. If the administration’s response is only a five day suspension then why would any parent allow their daughter to change on campus?

  17. If those same boys had been caught with alcohol or drugs (use or possession), the school would have suspended
    Right to participate in graduation ceremony as they have a 45 day rule as it relates to those issues only. This was the case a few years ago with a student. BUHSD has to immediately revise its discipline plans – as they don’t meet the current ed code and laws as they relate to suspension. This would not necessarily mean that these males would have harsher consequences, however. The school has to follow the law as it relates to suspension and expulsion.

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