Eva Rieder, a Californian math and English high school teacher, is taking a leave of absence next year after she alleged sexual misconduct against several male students.
Rieder, who said she’s been harassed at least 12 times in the last 15 years, claiming students have touched her and sent her obscene emails. Furthermore, she claims the school district won’t do anything to help her.
Speaking at a Tamalpais Union High School District board members at a meeting on February 6, Rieder said: “It’s time I say ‘Me Too.”
“I’ve been slandered by a student spreading rumors that I made a drunken sexual advance on him at a party. I have been touched more than once by a student who also argues that it’s OK to describe his masturbation habits in the classroom,” she said.
School board President Leslie Lundgren told the the Marin Independent Journal she was “very concerned” by Rieder’s allegations along with the allegations of another teacher. She declined further comment.
In an email to KTVU on Tuesday, Asst. Supt. of Education Services Tara Taupier wrote that the district has retained a lawyer to specializes in workplace investigations to look into the teacher’s complaints and review the district’s sexual harassment protocols. Taupier will also now be the second Title IX officer in the district to respond to complaints.
“We must wait for the investigator’s report before making any conclusions,” Taupier wrote. “Please know that the District takes complaints of harassment and sexual misconduct very seriously and responds expeditiously to complaints by investigating and taking any necessary corrective action.”
Rieder plans to take a leave of absence next year.