Fontana Police have made at least five arrests, including one teacher and three juvenile students, in connection with hazing in a classroom at A.B. Miller High School, located at 6821 Oleander Avenue on the north side of Fontana.
On June 22nd, Fontana Unified School District Police notified the Fontana Police Department of a possible hazing incident that involved the physical assault resulting in minor injuries to at least one student. During the initial investigation by school police, they determined the incident involved several students, and possibly a teacher. The school district police then contacted the Fontana Police Department for assistance.
The hazing appears to have been confined to one classroom at A.B. Miller High School and involved students that were enrolled in a single summer school class that began on May 31st. Early investigations indicate that the teacher initiated the hazing in an effort to control behavioral problems in the classroom. The manner in which the alleged hazing took place has not been released due to the on-going investigation, but there are unconfirmed reports that the assaults were sexual in nature. There are also unconfirmed reports of at least three male students who were victimized.
Detectives have interviewed numerous students from this class and determined that there were four students who actively participated in the assaults. Detectives also learned that the teacher, Emmanuel Del Rosa, 27, not only had knowledge that the assaults were taking place, but may have directed the students to assault another student due to behavioral issues.
It does not appear that any other district employees were aware of this activity. It is also unknown if the instructor has been involved in similar incidents in any other classes he has taught.
Fontana police arrested an adult student, Fernando Manuel Salgado, 18, and three juvenile students over the weekend for various charges related to the assaults and child endangerment. The instructor, Del Rosa, was also arrested for charges relating to child endangerment.
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Tuesday, June 26, 2012
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