In response to the Antioch Unified School District abuse allegations claimed in a federal lawsuit and state claims, district Superintendent Donald Gill released a statement on the district's website.

Here it is in its entirety:

Superintendent's Message

On Thursday, April 4, 2013, the Contra Costa Times printed a story about a federal lawsuit that was filed against the District alleging abuse and mistreatment of students by a former employee.

I, as Superintendent, and the Board of Education of the Antioch Unified School District have no tolerance for any harm coming to our students by any individual employed in our District. Therefore, we were stunned and distressed by these allegations.

Please know that our District is fully cooperating with the Antioch Police Department as they continue to investigate these allegations. We will continue to monitor this situation and will provide periodic updates as appropriate.

While I cannot comment about specific details regarding the allegations contained in the lawsuit, I will be personally heartbroken, horrified and angry if these allegations are substantiated.



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