Garside teacher furloughed after reporting student strip searches

The Garside Junior High School teacher who reported alleged strip searches of students was placed on paid administrative leave on Friday, her lawyer said.

Shushan Sadjadi has also been hit with seven new alleged violations, attorney Brian Berman said, totaling 24 teaching violations since she reported the strip search allegations in February.

Sadjadi, a math teacher, was confronted after class Friday by the principal of Garside and told she was “assigned to the house” while an investigation was underway, Berman said.

The principal, Marbella Alfonzo, took Sadjadi’s badge and keys, and the teacher was ordered to leave the school campus, Berman said. Sadjadi’s access to the school’s computer system was also revoked.

“I guess they’re setting her up for dismissal,” Berman said. “If I had to make up the facts, I couldn’t imagine a better case of retaliation.”

Sadjadi could not be reached for comment.

Clark County School District spokesman Tod Story said he could not comment on the administrative action because it was a staffing issue.

Sadjadi’s departure comes a day after the Review-Journal published an article online in which Sadjadi and Berman accused Garside administrators of taking revenge on her after she raised concerns about the alleged digs. bare.

Story and Alfonzo said the school was unable to substantiate the allegations.

But another teacher also reported on Feb. 11 that one of her students had experienced an “uncomfortable” search, according to a school district document.

Sadjadi, who teaches seventh and eighth graders, told the Review-Journal this week that students had voluntarily told him about uncomfortable searches by administrators and staff after suspicions of marijuana use.

Sadjadi said she reported the concerns to administrators at Garside on the morning of February 11 after students first told her about the searches the day before. She claims Alfonzo and Vice Principal Matthew Spurk were initially slow to respond to her concerns.

School district regulations state that strip searches can only be conducted in “extraordinary circumstances when necessary to avoid an immediate threat or danger to safety, welfare or health and that less intrusive means are impractical”.

Earlier on Friday, district police told Sadjadi they were investigating whether students had been strip searched, and they traveled to Garside to question him, Berman said.

Sadjadi had no violations of the teaching before raising concerns about possible searches, Berman said.

She was previously accused of being late for work, giving out her home phone number to students and not following proper policies with her student entrepreneur club’s bank funds, according to documents provided to the Review-Journal. .

The alleged misconduct included interviewing students about the strip search allegations before speaking to administrators at Garside and failing to provide administrators with the names of students claiming they had knowledge of the strip searches.

The latest offenses include interviewing students and conducting investigations on her own beyond the scope of her duties, a disciplinary document from Garside says. These interviews appear to be related to “student research” that she conducted in her room without administrative authorization, according to the document. There is no explanation of the research.

She is also accused of having “unprofessional conversations” with students about personal matters of employees and of interfering with the affairs of the Scholar Success Office, the student disciplinary unit at Garside where students were allegedly searched at naked.

Garside’s new document says Sadjadi would not give students passes to see administrators and asked students why they were in the office.

Contact Jeff German at [email protected] or 702-380-4564. To follow @JGermanRJ on Twitter. German is a member of the Review-Journal’s investigative team, which focuses on reporting that holds executives and agencies accountable and exposes wrongdoing. Support our journalism.

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