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Court documents: Naylor officials allegedly ignored duty to report

Bernadette Rosthenhausler and Linda Archuleta. (Source: Tucson Police Department) Bernadette Rosthenhausler and Linda Archuleta. (Source: Tucson Police Department)

Tucson News Now has learned new details about an incident that led to the arrest of two school officials from Naylor K-8 School on Tuesday, March 14.

According to the interim complaint obtained on Wednesday, March 15, by Tucson News Now, Bernadette Rosthenhausler, 45, and Linda Archuleta, 60, were arrested on felony charges stemming from an incident involving two 12-year-old students on March 1.

According to the document, a boy grabbed a girl on her breast and a fight broke out. The school staff investigated, but didn't report the incident to the police.

Rosthenhausler, the vice principal, and Archuleta, a counselor, now face charges of failure to report. Stefanie Boe, a spokeswoman for Tucson Unified School District, said the two are on administrative leave pending the outcome of this investigation.

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The document also says that the girl's mother came to the school and wanted to prosecute. She met with Rosthenhausler and Archuleta, who allegedly told her they were not obligated to report the incident to the police. They provided her with the Tucson Police Department's non-emergency phone number.

She reported the incident on Monday, March 13.

According to the complaint, police interviewed Rosthenhausler and Archuleta. They said the school was investigating and allegedly admit they did not call 911 despite knowing they are mandatory reporters.

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The school district released the following statement on Tuesday, March 14:

"(The) district continues its own investigation into recent allegations involving mandatory reporting of an incident between students while also fully cooperating with the Tucson Police investigation," the Tucson Unified School District said in a news release. "Student safety is of the utmost importance and Tucson Unified School District is taking this matter seriously. Given the privacy rights of the students and staff involved we cannot comment further at this time."

Wednesday, Assistant Superintendent Abel Morado spoke with reporters. He said TUSD will investigate the incident aggressively and he called the situation regrettable.

Morado cited several instances of training that employees receive to make sure they are aware of the mandatory reporting requirements in case of sexual abuse or assault.

Principals and assistant principals were trained at the Back to School Conference in July, then again in December, according to TUSD records. Those principals and assistant principals are then expected to share that training with their employees, according to district spokeswoman Stefanie Boe.

She said the training at Roberts-Naylor happened the first week of August and the second week of January.

"What is really difficult is when you see incidents like this and it...has a tendency to shake your confidence because you believe you're doing the right things and believe your acting with fidelity and then all of a sudden it's like 'whoops', we need to address this issue," said Morado.

Administrators found the employees at Cholla High Magnet School violated district policy for how they reported a case of sexual assault on campus in October 2016, according to TUSD records. That case did not require criminal charges, according to Tucson Police Department.
With two similar situations of mandatory reporting in five months, Morado said the district does not want to lose the public's trust.
"We want to make sure the parents and the community understand that we're doing the right things and we're doing the trainings with fidelity because we know that when we do that with fidelity that our kids are safer," he said.

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