Alleged roughhousing by man dressed as school mascot is another woe for Beaumont High
By Brian Rokos
In another dose of bad news for Beaumont High, the son of the school’s principal is being sued for injuring a powderpuff football game player when, the lawsuit says, he ran from the sideline in the Cougars mascot costume and grabbed the girl as she ran with the ball in the no-tackle game in 2016.
As of Friday, Oct. 20, the San Gorgonio Pass school has in the past 30 days endured two English teachers arrested on suspicion of unlawful sex with minors and the head varsity football coach suspended amid a video that surfaced that purported to show him punching a player.
Beaumont High English teacher Christina Jacobson, 37, was arrested on suspicion of oral copulation with a person under 18 years old and sexual penetration with a foreign object. (Courtesy of San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department)
The two English teachers had not been charged and the coach had not been arrested, as of Friday.
The Beaumont Unified School District has emailed statements to the media in which it expresses concern about the arrests and affirms its commitment to student safety, but otherwise officials have said little publicly, citing ongoing investigations and privacy regulations.
Meanwhile, two other districts, Alvord Unified and San Bernardino City Unified, have held town hall meetings in the past two months after employees were arrested.
Alvord’s superintendent and the principal of La Sierra High, where an assistant football coach was fired, attended that community meeting; the San Bernardino schools’ police chief and Paakuma K-8’s principal took questions at the other public gathering after a gun was found in a counselor’s car on campus.
Beaumont district spokeswoman Francinni Zabata said Friday that officials there are discussing how to best reach out to the community to answer questions and address concerns. No events have been scheduled, she said.
The school board on Tuesday […]