UPDATED February 8, 2019
Media Statement Related To Arrest Of School Security Specialist
ELK GROVE, Calif. – February 7, 2019 – The Elk Grove Unified School District responded to a report alleging that a school security specialist, Tyrice Daniels, had inappropriate communication with a minor that took place off campus. All allegations of misconduct are taken very seriously. Upon learning of this allegation, school and District officials took immediate action to remove Daniels from duty and place him on leave pending the outcome of an investigation. At that time, Daniels was directed not to enter any District facility or property. Daniels resigned from District employment, effective January 1, 2019 and was arrested on February 7, 2019 on an outstanding warrant for sexual battery and annoying or molesting a child.
In 2013, Daniels obtained fingerprint clearance as a volunteer and as a substitute campus supervisor. In 2014, he was assigned to Sheldon High School and in 2015, he was assigned to Pleasant Grove High School. In 2016, his primary duties as a District school security specialist were to oversee and monitor students who are outside of class and at school sponsored activities both on and off campus.
Student safety is our top priority. When the District receives a report of inappropriateness by an employee, school and district officials act swiftly to immediately remove the alleged offender and cooperate with law enforcement during an investigation.
Thanks to continued outreach to students, staff and parents that “If they SEE something or KNOW something, to SAY something,” this incident was reported and handled expeditiously. While the District undeniably prefers that none of this situation had occurred, District and school officials are grateful this matter was brought to light so it could be appropriately addressed. The District will continue to foster an environment where students and staff feel comfortable coming forward and reporting inappropriate conduct.
The District follows preventative measures outlined for schools that are enumerated in a U.S. Department of Education study, “Educator Sexual Misconduct: A Synthesis of Existing Literature,” a Policy and Program Studies Service published in 2004 by the Under Secretary. The District recently communicated and enforced volunteer protocols requiring fingerprinting and background checks on all volunteers who work regularly with students at every school site. Furthermore, all employees must complete Mandatory Reporter Training.
About the Elk Grove Unified School District
The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) is the fifth-largest school district in California located in southern Sacramento County. EGUSD covers 320 square miles and includes 67 schools: 42 elementary schools, nine middle schools, nine high schools, five alternative education schools, an adult school, one charter school and a virtual academy. Offering a multitude of educational programs, including over 70 career-themed academies and pathways within 15 industry sectors, we prepare our students for college and career by supporting them with the means to be creative problem solvers; self-aware, self-reliant, and self-disciplined; technically literate; effective communicators and collaborators; and engaged in the community as individuals with integrity. We integrate rigorous academics with career-based learning and real world workplace experiences and ensure that Every Student is Learning, in Every Classroom, in Every Subject, Every Day to Prepare College, Career and Life Ready Graduates.
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