A preschool teacher has been removed from the classroom after allegedly playing a "touching tongue game" with a student in February.
The announcement only came Thursday night, despite the incident having occurred several months ago.
According School Director Dr. Judith Wagner, she was asked by investigators not tell parents about the alleged incident.
"That the investigation was to be thorough and that our obligation was to be confidential throughout, we lived up to that,” Dr. Wagner told KCAL-TV.
The California Department of Social Services (CASS) issued a finding.
“Based on this information, it has been determined that the personal rights of child #1 were violated when staff #1 played the touching tongue game with child #1," it read, according to KCAL-TV.
CASS also noted that “continued or future contact with clients or presence in any facility licensed by CDSS constitutes a threat to the health and safety of the clients in care.”
Dr. Wagner also added that the school had conducted its own internal investigation into the incident.
“For me, our policies and procedures are to make so highly unlikely but licensing came to a different conclusion,” she said.
The Whittier Police Department has reportedly closed its investigation into the matter.
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