A former teacher at Rancho Cucamonga High School, who was arrested for carrying a loaded firearm into her classroom, has filed a lawsuit saying her constitutional rights were violated and her conservative political beliefs. was selected for.
On May 7, 2019, Joseph Nguyen was taken from their classroom by Principal Carrie Wilbourne and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputies Ana Mata and Kristin Garcia after officers received a tip about a loaded gun brought to campus .
Nguyen confirmed that his bag contained a loaded gun in a bag kept in a locked cabinet. As a sworn reserve police officer, however, he claims to be able to carry a firearm while off-duty, according to a civil suit filed in the US District Court for the Central District of Los Angeles on April 24, 2020.
One of the defendants in the lawsuit, Chaffee Joint Union High School District, said in a response filed in court that no one except campus security officers could carry a loaded gun on school premises. Earlier, in a prepared statement shortly after the incident, the district said, “The California Gun-Free School Zone Act makes it an offense for a person to possess a firearm within or within 1,000 feet of a school campus.”
Whether Nguyen was allowed to have a gun on the campus or violated state law would most likely be brought to a trial, which Judge Stephen V. Wilson’s presidency will begin on Tuesday, November 30.
The sample jury filed with the court questions whether school personnel and sheriff’s deputies detained Nguyen because of his political beliefs or acted properly in accordance with school district policy.
“I filed the complaint because I didn’t do anything wrong,” Nguyen said in an interview on Monday, November 22. “I was in lawful possession of a firearm. As a Level I Reserve Officer for the City of Irwindale, I am allowed to carry a concealed carry weapon.”
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Manual on Policy and Procedures, Level I Reserve officers have full peace officer powers and are both off-duty and authorized to carry off-duty weapons.
School District Attorney Daniel S. In a court document filed by Modafari, the district refutes the claim that as a reserve officer, Nguyen may have carried a gun in class.
“The District denies that the Plaintiff at any relevant time carried a firearm on the premises in accordance with his lawful authority as a sworn police officer. The District acknowledges that the Plaintiff was in possession of a gun on the school grounds.” was in violation of district policy,” court records show.
Nguyen named the school district, San Bernardino County, and various school and district personnel in his complaint. He claims that he is the victim of false arrest, unlawful search and seizure and other violations of his civil rights and has suffered mental distress and loss of earnings.
His trial alleges that two deputies took his gun, badge, backpack and cell phone and interrogated him and kept him in custody for more than two and a half hours. When allowed to leave, his bag and keys were returned. A sergeant at Rancho Cucamonga Sheriff’s Station told him he could not take his gun back because it allegedly violated school policy. The lawsuit says Nguyen withdrew his gun sometime in June.
Nguyen said that on May 16, 2019, school district superintendent Kern Oduro, also named in the complaint, asked her, “Why do you have a Ronald Reagan license plate. Obviously you are a right wing conservative. Maybe it has something to do with why you brought a gun to campus,” according to the lawsuit.
Nguyen said he was “ruined” by district personnel for being a Republican and a Christian conservative. He was put on administrative leave. Parents and residents supported the science teacher at a rally held on 10 May 2019.
Modaferi defended the school district’s actions and wrote in the court’s response that political affiliation was not a factor.
“The District and its employees and agents exercised due diligence in the discharge of their duties, and all such duties and obligations have been properly, fully, and fully performed and discharged,” the district said. Said in court records.
“Any and all adverse employment action,” the district continued, “was taken for legitimate business reasons, was not retaliatory, and was not related to any discriminatory or retaliatory motive or hostility.”
Soon after the incident, Nguyen was transferred to Colony High School in Ontario. He said that he is currently on sick leave.