LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – A principal has been found guilty in a California case that dominated Santa Clara headlines. Lyn Vijayendran has been found guilty for failure to report child abuse. At the time, Lyn was a principal at O.B. Whaley Elementary School
Santa Clara County prosecutors filed the charges against the 36 year old former principal after they believed that she failed to report abuse by a teacher of a student. The case stem from a State law requiring administrators and fellow teachers to report other suspected abuse.
The former principal defended the case upon a reasonable standard. She claimed that she did what she thought was right at the time. The court, however, applied a reasonable standard. It felt that the jury could conclude, as it did, that a reasonable person would have reported the conduct.
The matter stemmed from alleged conduct between teacher Craig Chandler and a student during a lesson about Hellen Keller.
Santa Clara County Judge Deborah ruled “I agree with the jury’s verdict. You did what you thought was right, but I don’t think it was objectively reasonable at the time.” Ryan added “I know it will have far-reaching consequences for your career. I do think you made a very bad judgment that day.”
She was quickly sentenced to two years probation, community service and a few fines. The former principal has been reassigned to new position.