Trial asks whether school officials liable for teacher abuse

May 31, 2015 1:41 PM by News Staff

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - An upcoming trial will consider whether a San Jose school district and its former administrators are responsible for failing report suspected sexual abuse by a teacher.

The San Jose Mercury News reports that the trial begins Monday, two years after teacher Craig Chandler was found guilty of molesting five blindfolded students in his classroom at O.B. Whaley Elementary School.

The families of four victims brought the lawsuit against former top administrators in the Evergreen Elementary School District. The trial is expected to draw more attention to school compliance with state laws requiring officials to report suspected abuse.

In court papers, the families allege the district disregarded clear warning signs and explicit reports of bizarre abuse.

The school district says it did not have prior knowledge of Chandler's misconduct.

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