To protect the girl's privacy, the Voice is not publishing her name, nor the name of her mother.
"I think some administrators are guilty of this," Gaona-Mendoza said. "They should have known that the restroom was with no supervision."
Superintendent Jeff Harding said the district conducted an "immediate and thorough" investigation into the allegations of sexual assault in the restroom shortly after the incident was reported. While the district has to abide by confidentiality laws and administrators can't reveal specific details, Harding said district officials concluded last month that no assault took place.
"The investigation revealed unambiguous and definitive evidence that no sexual assault occurred on the Los Altos High School campus," he said in a statement to the Voice on Monday.
The school's student newspaper, The Talon, reported late last month that the bathroom in question was closed off to students because of "inappropriate behavior and actions," according to a sign posted on the bathroom door.
The district installed an internal lock on the bathroom, located at the end of the 300 East classroom wing of the school, as a means of providing a gender-neutral bathroom to students, according to district spokeswoman Cynthia Greaves. But school administrators discovered in January that students were misusing the bathroom for "inappropriate activities," she said, creating a situation where the students it was intended for felt uncomfortable using the bathroom at all.
Since its closure, students seeking a gender-neutral bathroom are directed to facilities located inside the school's attendance office.
The alleged victim's mother told board members through Gaona-Mendoza that the district refuses to provide for her child's safety at Los Altos High School, and that transferring the girl to another district school would be inadequate. Instead, she requested that the district pay for her child to attend a private high school. She said that she has also filed a complaint with the federal Office for Civil Rights, which investigates allegations that school districts did not respond adequately to reports of sexual assault or harassment.
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