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Whiteaker only teacher on leave after alleged incident with student

February 18, 2018

An area television news report that a second teacher has been placed on administrative leave is not accurate, according to the Yuba City Unified School District’s superintendent.

“As of today (Friday), only one employee is on leave in relation to the (Jan. 22) incident,” Doreen Osumi said Friday.

She said she couldn’t confirm or deny specifics of any personnel matters.

Jim Whiteaker, a Yuba City High School physical education teacher and Sutter County supervisor, was placed on leave after it was alleged that he grabbed a female student’s buttocks as he was breaking up an interaction between two students. He denies the accusation, saying his knee touched her hip as he broke up what he thought was a fight.

Since then, at two school board meetings, former students, and parents, accused Whiteaker of misconduct in years past, dating back to 1998. The board decided Tuesday to initiate termination proceedings. Whiteaker will request an administrative hearing, his attorney said, where evidence will be presented and a three-person panel will ultimately decide his fate.

The TV report claimed that a second teacher was put on leave over charges of failing to properly report the incident to the administration.