Parents and their students crammed into the multipurpose room of Nicolas Junior High School to confront Fullerton Unified's superintendent and the school's principal. Friday, 8th grade teacher Melissa Lindgren was arrested for sexual misconduct with one boy, possibly three.
Dr. Robert Pletka assured the parents that their children were safe at Nicholas Jr. High School despite the arrest.
There were a lot of questions and comments from parents, a student, even a former student. Asking for assurances that this wouldn't happen again and worried that somehow Lindgren would be back. Pletka emphatically said, Lindgren "Will not be teaching your kids here or in any place in Fullerton school district."
He and principal Matthew Barnet also sympathized with the parents who told tales of their children's feelings of betrayal and confusion. They mourned their children's loss of innocence, but there seemed to be no anger in the room. One mother said, her daughter asked, who is she to trust now, when she looked up to Lindgren. Pletka reminded the parents that the entire staff was on their children's side and that this case was an aberration. This is the first case of this kind in Fullerton Unified.
Melissa Lindgren is out on $100,000 bond. She is scheduled for arraignment on April 9. She could face felony counts of child molestation, child annoyance and dissemination of harmful matter to a minor; in other words, text messages.
That was likely the evidence that allowed the school to act so quickly and Fullerton Police to make the arrest Friday.
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