The Santa Maria Joint Union High School District is defending its actions surrounding an alleged sexual relationship between a Pioneer Valley High School teacher and coach and a 16 year old female student.
A SMJUHSD Assistant Superintendent says the District and PVHS administration acted swiftly and immediately once the alleged relationship was revealed to them, including notifying the Santa Maria Police Department as required by law.
The arrest of veteran Pioneer Valley High School teacher and girls basketball coach Brian Hook on felony charges involving allegations of him having sex with a 16 year old female student remains a shock for the school and the district.
?Whenever you have an incident like this happen, your read about them all the time, across the nation, you just hope it never happens in your district?, says SMJUHSD Asst. Superintendent Tracy March who is in charge of human resources for the school district.