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Posted: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 11:40 am, Tue Jan 17, 2012.

Charges against the Lodi Middle School teacher who was placed under citizen's arrest by an administrator in December were dropped.

Jon Lapachet no longer faces an investigation by the District Attorney's office, according to Jeff Johnston, president of the Lodi Education Association. The court declined to follow up on battery allegations against Lapachet by vice principal Lurdes Rosales, with instructions not to resubmit the charges.

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  • Rocky Avitia posted at 12:58 pm on Wed, Jan 25, 2012.

    Rocky Avitia Posts: 20

    I Remember Mr. Lapachet. He was a good man. Hopefully he's consulted a lawyer.

  • Jackson Scott posted at 5:33 pm on Wed, Jan 18, 2012.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 392

    What is more interesting is that Cheryl, errrr, Joanne posted on this story but not on today's story which basically backs up my post from last night. Believe me, there is much more to this story.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 11:35 am on Wed, Jan 18, 2012.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Interesting comments, Mr. Scott. As the spouse of a former administrator of a MS for 15 years in a district that was much tougher than LUSD, I heard just about every night about the teachers who wanted to dictate punishments for unruly students.

    Unfortunately, administrators are bound by the CA Education Code, and what teachers want and what is legal are usually two different things. There was plenty of bullying from teachers who demanded certain things for certain students.

    Believe me, my husband is not a soft-touch - he is ex-military and has no soft spot for kids who are disruptive, and less for parents who coddle their kids and don't want to support teachers and administrators. But there is a code that must be complied with.

    As a teacher, he dealt with kids directly and rarely sent them to the administration. That's called "classroom management," a skill that many teachers lack and then blame admin for not supporting them.

  • Jackson Scott posted at 10:03 pm on Tue, Jan 17, 2012.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 392

    Great news for Mr. Lapachet. It is too bad that Ms. Rosales was compelled to do such a legal & public maneuver. And lets get this straight, this was planned as she waited overnight to do this, and consulted with her Principal.

    As Jeff Johnson's comments indicate, the teachers union does not favor the Principal or the VP. Read as: LMS Teachers. And LMS is one of the most pro-union schools in the district.

    The problem exists between not only Rosales & Lapachet, but between the Admin & the PE Staff. The 4 PE teachers are old school type of people, what do you expect they're all ex-jocks and highly competitive. The Admin lives in a daydream world filled with rainbows & unicorns. The PE teachers expect that when rules are broken that the stated consequences are to be given to the rule breaker. That is not the case at LMS. The Admin talks & talks & talks, and then gives the students a tiny wrist slap when the break a rule. For ALL of the teachers it is very frustrating. But I understand that the PE staff has vocalized their displeasure with the lack of punishment enforcement.

  • Alex Kennedy posted at 6:04 pm on Tue, Jan 17, 2012.

    Alex Posts: 215

    No duh case dismissed. A cop just wrote an editorial and stated that parolees are no longer being accepted into jails if they only commit a parole violation. We, as in every citizen and alien, cannot afford this blatant waste of resources. How could the administration have believed this was remotely appropriate? To involve LPD and eventually the courts with this seemingly internal matter shows a horrible lack of judgement which was exacerbated by their desire to talk to the press and terrible attempt at a Rosa Parks parallel that followed. And to think not one of them told the other that it may not be the best idea. The teacher could have been the worst teacher/coworker but he comes off as the rational coherent victim. I would hate to have either one of those drama queens as my boss. They should go and quickly or he should consider legal action. I mean who would want to work for people who arrest you willy-nilly?

  • posted at 10:42 am on Tue, Jan 17, 2012.


    This will cost the disrtict some major damage control money. Prepare to be sued. They can all thank this admin for talking to the paper.

  • posted at 10:41 am on Tue, Jan 17, 2012.


    This will cost the district some major cash for damage control. Lapachet will clean up for his name being slandered in the press. This admin will (should) get the boot.



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