Editor's note | May 23, 2014 | Palo Alto Weekly | Palo Alto Online |

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Cover Story - May 23, 2014

Editor's note

The Weekly is publishing this article on dating violence to examine how and whether Palo Alto schools are equipped to handle situations of harassment and assault between students. It was undertaken with the consent and cooperation of the family of a Gunn High School student who last fall was harassed and attacked by her ex-boyfriend and who later filed a complaint with the federal Office for Civil Rights alleging the school violated Title IX in its handling of the matter.

Superintendent Kevin Skelly declined numerous requests to participate in interviews for this article or provide answers to questions. Through spokesperson Tabitha Kappeler-Hurley he indicated no other district or Gunn officials would comment.

Skelly and Kappeler-Hurley said they would be unable to discuss the topic of dating violence, how schools are trained to handle these situations, what resources schools have available to them or other topics related to the implementation of policy without at the same time revealing specific confidential student information.

"This is based in the need to be confidential about student information," Kappeler-Hurley said.

Skelly commented: "I am uncomfortable adding more scrutiny of the students involved in the situation."

Skelly instead provided general written information about school policies and prevention efforts related to sexual harassment. He also said he didn't think it was appropriate to run this story at this time, citing the ongoing Office for Civil Rights investigation.


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Posted by Don't act surprised
a resident of Barron Park
on May 23, 2014 at 7:18 am

You expected anything different given the number of unsubstantiated hatchet jobs you've done?

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