Claremont party furor: Why was choir at ‘dirty Santa’ event?

The president of the Claremont Unified Board of Education resigned Saturday after parents accused him of allowing members of a high school choir to attend a private Christmas party that included alcohol, shirtless male entertainers and a “dirty Santa”.

Steven Llanusa had just won re-election to the school board in November, but the 62-year-old educator resigned just hours after angry parents accused him at a board meeting of exposing students to inappropriate behavior during the party at his home.

Claremont Unified Support. Jim Elsasser confirmed to The Times that Llanusa has resigned from his post, effective immediately.

“The board will discuss the next steps in filling this position during the regularly scheduled board meeting this Thursday,” he said in an email.

Llanusa’s resignation comes after several parents said Friday that their children, members of Claremont High School’s choral program, had performed at Llanusa’s home to raise money for the program.

The parents said the students were at the Dec. 3 party about an hour before their performance and during that time saw a “dirty Santa” making inappropriate comments, as well as shirtless male entertainers.

One parent, Gabriel Lozano, told CBS Los Angeles some students were “offered an open bar” and that Santa “made disgusting remarks about our kids” at the party.

Another parent, Sabrina Ho, also claimed students were offered alcohol by guests.

The Claremont Police Department confirmed that an investigation had been launched into some of the allegations made by the parents during the board meeting, but declined to give further details about their investigation.

Llanusa did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

During Friday’s board meeting, several parents called on Llanusa to resign.

Kathy Archer, vice president of the board, said no other current or former board members attended the Christmas party. Llanusa was absent from Friday’s meeting, which was called to address parents’ concerns about the party.

“We are appalled by the allegations, which understandably cause distraction, disruption and pain, as reflected in community members’ communications to the board and superintendent,” the board said in a statement.

After the meeting, the board members held a closed session with school board attorneys regarding the allegations. Although the board is not legally permitted to disclose what was discussed with attorneys during the closed session, the board later said it encouraged Llanusa to step down “to begin the healing process and bring our focus back to the students and their welfare.” “.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-12-12/claremont-school-official-quits-dirty-santa-party Claremont party furor: Why was choir at ‘dirty Santa’ event?

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