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What happened at Lodi Middle School?

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Posted: Saturday, January 28, 2012 6:32 am

A teacher supposedly shoves his boss at a middle school, and the boss makes a citizen's arrest.

The recent events at Lodi Middle School are baffling — and disturbing. The county prosecutor recently declined to move forward with charges, leaving many questions unanswered.

Was the teacher out of control? After all, in the private sector, an employee who shoves his boss (especially, frankly, a man shoving a woman) will likely be fired. Was his boss, the vice-principal, over the line in contacting police? Is there an undercurrent of teacher-administrator tension at the school? Throughout the district?

Just what the heck happened at Lodi Middle School?

Assistant Superintendent Odie Douglas is conducting a review of the incident, but district officials won't say much more.

There is always the possibility of a civil suit, but the D.A.'s decision probably means these troubles will now be reviewed through administrative process rather than a court of law.

Personnel actions are typically confidential, and that's fine. However, we hope at some point the district can release to the public an account of these events.

It will help us all understand the peculiar happenings at Lodi Middle School.

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