Calif. teacher, 4 students charged in hazing incident

A teacher and four students were arrested following an alleged hazing incident during a summer school session at A.B. Miller High School in Fontana, Calif. KCAL

(CBS/AP) FONTANA, Calif. - A Southern California high school teacher was arrested on suspicion of directing students to assault at least one other student in a classroom hazing incident, police said Sunday. Four students were also arrested.

The arrests were made after a student who said he was a victim of the hazing contacted school police, Fontana police Sgt. Robert Morris said.

Authorities said at least one student suffered minor injuries as a result of a physical assault on Friday. However, Jeff Nguyen, reporting for CBS station KCAL, said three students were victimized.

Police said the teacher, identified as 27-year-old Emmanuel De La Rosa, was arrested on charges relating to child endangerment. He was released on bail.

Investigators alleged that De La Rosa, a summer school teacher at A.B. Miller High School, knew about the hazing — and in at least one instance directed some students to carry out the hazing to curb behavior problems in the classroom, Morris said.

He declined to describe the nature of the hazing, citing the ongoing investigation.

One student arrested, 18-year-old Fernando Manuel Salgado, has been charged with assault, attempted sodomy and child cruelty, according to the Press-Enterprise. He is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Three other students, all minors, face various charges, including assault and child endangerment, and are being held at a juvenile facility in San Bernardino County.

Details of the incident - which police say occurred inside a classroom - was not released.

Police say they do not believe that any other school district employees were aware of the activity in the classroom.

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