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California Teacher Suspended Over Facebook Post Defending Teachers Who Had Sex With Students at Beach Party

January 23, 2015  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
California Teacher Suspended Over Facebook Post Defending Teachers Who Had Sex With Students at Beach Party Sean Patrick Kane - Image courtesy of nydailynews.com

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An art teacher at South Hills High School in West Covina, Calif., was suspended after he took to Facebook in support of two co-workers who were arrested after allegedly having sex with students at a beach party.

Sean Patrick Kane was placed on paid leave Thursday for his profane Facebook rant directed at the teens who were hot for the teacher: “You should have just kept your stupid mouths shut and enjoyed it.”

Sean Patrick Kane - Image courtesy of nydailynews.com

Sean Patrick Kane – Image courtesy of nydailynews.com

Now the suburban Los Angeles high school is reeling after investigations into five employees over four different incidents.

Melody Lippert, 38, and Michelle Ghirelli, 30, are accused of taking part in a sex and booze-filled beach party in December. Lippert was charged with suspicion of conspiracy and contributing to the delinquency of a minor over the weekend while Ghirelli got slapped with charges of oral copulation and unlawful sex with a minor, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

Michelle Ghirelli, (left), and Melody Lippert, (right) - Image courtesy of ktla.com

Michelle Ghirelli, (left), and Melody Lippert, (right) – Image courtesy of ktla.com

The school put the women on paid administrative leave, which prompted Kane to vent on social media.

“All I want to know is what the f— is in the heads of the dudes who banged these ladies and then squealed?” Kane wrote in a screed that got him suspended and prompted a Twitter revolt by students using the hashtag #FreeKane.

“We can’t dictate what somebody is going to put on their own personal Facebook page, but at the same time we would expect teachers to be professional,” district spokeswoman Michelle Van Der Linden told NBC Los Angeles.

The Kane mutiny is nothing compared to more serious allegations leveled against other South Hills educators.

Anthony Vidales, 29, the school’s part-time girls wrestling coach, was arrested Jan. 7 for allegedly having sex with a 17-year-old girl on his team, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported.

Anthony Vidales - Image courtesy of nydailynews.com

Anthony Vidales – Image courtesy of nydailynews.com

Vidales, who does not teach in the district, posted $20,000 bail.

Another wrestling coach who teaches at the school, Scott McDonald Stragier, was named in a suit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court by a former student who claimed Stragier choked and berated him in front of students during a March 14 incident, according to the SGV Tribune.

Stragier and the Covina-Valley Unified School District are named in the suit, which alleged the teacher put Joseph Leyba Jr. in a chokehold that caused him to nearly pass out.

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