The president of a California school district committee resigned over the weekend after he was accused of paying high school choir students to perform at a “private adult party” with a “dirty Santa” and alcohol.
Steven Llanusa submitted his resignation from the Claremont Unified School District (CUSD) Board of Education on Saturday, the Claremont Courier reported. A 17-year veteran of the CUSD Board, he was recently re-elected as President in November.
Llanusa’s resignation came a day after a special CUSD meeting where parents expressed disgust at the news that he had invited the high schoolers to a risqué private event at his home.
“[The students] were encouraged to participate in meals and festivities. The students started their scheduled performance over an hour later and were offered alcohol by partygoers among inappropriately dressed adult entertainers,” lamented Sabrina Ho, one of the teen’s parents, at the meeting.
Another parent, Gabriel Lozano, said his daughter and the other teenagers who went to the party were questioned by local police.
“They were offered an open bar and they could meet with half-naked men, dirty Santa Claus, who made obnoxious remarks to our children,” said another parent, Gabriel Lozano.
The Claremont Police Department did not immediately respond to the Post’s request to confirm the incident is still under investigation.
Parents’ anger was fueled in part by photos from the December 3 gathering leaked by local media, with one image showing shirtless male entertainers flexing their muscles while the high school choir is nearby.
In a statement to the community after Friday’s meeting, school board members said they were “appalled” by Llanusa’s actions.
As of this week, Llanusa is no longer listed on the school board’s website. CUSD Superintendent Jim Elsasser told the Claremont Courier that the board may hold a special election to find his successor.
Steven Llanusa didn’t immediately respond to the Post’s attempt to contact him via social media.
https://nypost.com/2022/12/13/calif-school-official-resigns-after-inviting-teens-to-adult-party/ California school official resigns after inviting teenagers to ‘adult party’