SAN JOSE – The Oak Grove School District has confirmed one of its employees is a “person of interest” in a case involving a woman who intentionally coughed on a baby at a San Jose Yogurtland last week.
In a statement, the district said it was “aware of an incident allegedly involving one of our employees who was videotaped coughing on a baby.”
“We do not tolerate conduct from any employee that compromises any child’s safety,” the district said. “The employee who has been identified as a person of interest in this matter is currently off of work and not providing any services to our District students.”
The employee was not named in the statement. The district said it is cooperating with a police investigation.
San Jose police Sgt. Enrique Garcia said detectives are following up on leads and have not made an arrest.
The incident was reported at the Yogurtland at 5638 Cottle Road about 5:25 p.m. on June 19.
A woman, who was standing in front of a mother and her 1-year-old child, was upset that the mother was not “maintaining proper social distancing,” and removed her face mask, got close to the baby’s face and coughed two to three times, Garcia said.
The act takes on greater significance because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“There is no place in the Oak Grove School District for any employee who would deliberately cause harm to a child,” the district said in the statement. “If the District receives confirmation from SJPD that the individual involved in the Yogurtland incident is our employee, we will take immediate action.”
The district said it has received numerous threats of violence and damage to its schools in the wake of the incident.
“We understand and share the feelings of anger around this incident,” the district said. “However, we ask everyone to remember that the mission of the Oak Grove School District is to serve children, including those from some of the most vulnerable populations in our San Jose community. Violence or damage to our students’ schools only serves to harm the very population that those who are emailing the District seek to protect: our kids.”
Anyone with information about the incident can contact Detective Dan Bowman at 408-277-4161, or leave a tip with Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at 408-947-7867 or at svcrimestoppers.org.
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