Moreno Valley Administrators Replaced After Teen’s Death

The Moreno Valley Unified School Board has replaced two middle school administrators in the wake of a 13-year-old student’s death, ABC News reports.

Landmark Middle School’s principal and assistant principal were replaced last Tuesday, one day after Diego Stolz’s family filed a $100 million legal claim against the district. The family says their son, who was reportedly attacked in a bullying incident, had been assured that his taunters would be suspended from school. On the day of the attack, he was surprised to see them show up on campus. The family believes his death could have been prevented if the school had taken proper action.

Rafael Garcia, a former child welfare coordinator, has been appointed as the new school principal. Two new assistant principals, Iesha Smith and Stephanie Williams-Mayrant, have been hired along with a new assistant administrator of instructional improvement and academic coaching named Diana Cobian.

On Friday, the two boys who allegedly attacked Stolz were released from Juvenile Hall. They each face one count of voluntary manslaughter. They have pleaded not guilty to the charges.


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