California High School Teacher Punches Student, Breaks Nose

Teacher placed on administrative leave by King City High School

King City High School
Some teachers are tough. Others are ... tougher. A California high school teacher is on administrative leave after he allegedly beat up a 15-year-old student and broke his nose in November after finding the boy in a "compromising position" with one of the teacher's young female relatives, according to The Salinas Californian.

Michael Ciccarelli, 45, is a history and civics teacher and wrestling coach who has taught at King City High School for 20 years. On November 21, he noticed that the boy, who has not been named, and a 15-year-old female relative of Ciccarelli were missing from wrestling practice. Both the kids were on the wrestling team and dating each other. According to the Monterey County Sherriff's office, Ciccarelli left the school and went to the boy's house. He literally knocked the door to the teen's bedroom off its hinges and found the two together in some state or other. Ciccarelli allegedly "punched John Doe with a closed fist several times in the face, and at one point kicked him in the face while he was on the ground," according to a sheriff's office release quoted by Gawker. The boy was treated for injuries at Mee Memorial Hospital, according to the Monterey County Herald.

Officers arrested Ciccarelli on Tuesday, three weeks after the alleged incident, when the county district attorney's office reviewed a report, according to the Californian story. That, in turn, set off an investigation by the South Monterey County Joint Union School District. "Anytime we get a report like this we need to do that (administrative leave) until we have all the facts of the case," said administrator Daniel Moirao.

Substitutes will take over Ciccarelli's classes, which include world history, honors world history, civics, and AP government and politics. An assistant coach will take over his duties with the wrestling team. The investigation is expected to take at least through the end of the school's winter break.

Ciccarelli's lawyer, Joseph Cisneros, of The Biegel Law Firm in Monterey, suggested to the Californian that the teacher had "used such action to protect a family member" and would ultimately be exonerated.

Breaking Bad theories of education aside, this is not the first time the school has found itself in a difficult position. King City lost its accreditation after senior graduation in 2007 because it was behind in leadership and collaboration in curriculum development, involvement of all stakeholders in improving learning, use of achievement data to modify the teaching process, teaching strategies and practices, and a collaborative and cohesive organizational structure, according to the Monterey County Herald.

The school regained its accreditation the next year before graduation but the entire school district was taken over by the state in 2009 because of "years of financial instability," according to the Monterey County Herald. There is a possibility that the district could regain local control by next year as the paper reports.

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December 20 2013 at 12:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

both on the wrestling team? This story is a perfect illustration of both sides of a humanistic world view. Girls are no different than guys right. This is where it leads. Girls must be protected by guys by any means possible... no matter what the law is. This represents two sides of the same relativistic no God no Law approach we have devolved to in America. Am I a boy or a One wife, two wives, six "individuals" be it human animal or spiritual. Choice. It must be admitted these were unheard of views a generation or two ago. Wait till we perfect these views. Chaos, revolution, death. This is our inevitable destiny on our current trajectory. Inevitable without humility and real change!

December 16 2013 at 10:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It has been well known and documented since the time of the cave men that fifteen year old Pu%%y will get you in more trouble then it's worth. However, it appears that well established knowledge still does not stop the male brain drain syndrome. but in this case the broken nose and kick to the groin might

December 14 2013 at 12:37 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Indi, Fort Worth

Good for the teacher!!! We need more teachers like him!

December 13 2013 at 11:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

After reading this article several times, the only conclusion i can come up with is that the teacher is completely in the wrong. the 15 year old students were dating each other, and until further information is released, there is a reasonable assumption of consent between both of them. The teacher went to the students house; a place where the students have a reasonable expectation of privacy; ie they were not fooling around in public, exploring their natural urges responsibly behind closed doors ( i say "responsibly " meaning they aren't going to unwillingly be subjecting another individual to situation that may or may not be deemed offensive.) the article states that they were caught in a "compromising position", but that term is open to interpretation. That could be anything from a sex act, erotic photos, dancing, or playing dungeons and dragons. Granted we all are pretty sure we know exactly what was meant by "compromising position", that still gives absolutely no justification to the intrusion and attack from the teacher. I hope he is punished to the maximum extent of the law. I've seen several other news reports of students at play, pretending to throw a grenade, pretend to shoot another student(who is an active participant ) with a pretend bow and arrow, pretend to shoot a fellow student playing cops and robbers, using an airsoft gun in their own frontyard while waiting for the bus, who chewed there poptart into the shape of a gun, or who brought a tiny 1:32 scale gi joe gun to school, or had a magazine about hunting and woodslore that featured guns, most of these students 12 and younger, and they faced the threat of suspension and possibly expulsion over ridiculous "zero tolerance" agendas in the name of "safety". this teacher activley tracked down, cornered and assaulted a student; one whom we can assume he established a relationship with through teaching and coaching on the wrestling team, and then he used all that experience to find an attack that student on a personal grudge in an act of vigilant justice. Disgusting behavior, especially from an adult of 45 years of age, and one trusted with classrooms full of children for 20 years. Never allow this man to teach again. Had the teacher been caught consensually banging a student, even one over 18, he would be terminated and not allowed to to teach again, ( due to the teacher possibly being able to use his/her authority to coerce the student into a relationship that may not be wanted and it is considered unprofessional) the precedence for that scenario has already been set by courts around the country. I dont see this physical assault in uncontrolled anger to much different than a sexaul assault: both harm the student in an emotinal capacity one way or another, both show a total lack of control by the teacher; how can this man ever be trusted with students again whether it be one on one, or one on a class room. I wonder, does this man bully students he doesn't care for?

December 13 2013 at 10:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to BoogerHog's comment

i see the article has now been amended, and changed the wording that teacher beat knocked the door off its hinges to find the teens "in a compromising position" to "in some state or other".

December 13 2013 at 11:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It took three weeks to arrest this man? There is nothing he did that is right. Maybe the girl is his daughter and if that's the case, at least I could understand his complete loss of control, although I cannot condone it. A girl and a boy get together, that's the way of the world. It's nature. Now if we think they are getting together too early, that's a thing for parents to handle, preferably before they get together. In this case, there is no use of the word "forcible". We can assume this was consensual on the part of both kids. I wonder how many of the people applauding this ape's actions lost their virginity prior to the age of 15. Get real, people.....the kids did what kids do and this man clearly broke the law and pretty much every other tenet of civil conduct. Some people have even suggested he should have killed the kid!! Wow.

December 13 2013 at 10:26 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to spook651's comment

The kid broke the law too, its called statuatory rape.

December 13 2013 at 10:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to ChrisS's comment

your right lock HER up for "raping" that young man

December 13 2013 at 10:59 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down

Since we are assuming from the report that whatever took place was consensual, it is not any sort of "rape". According to California Penal Code Title 9, Chapter 1, both the boy AND the girl are guilty only of a misdemeanor crime of "unlawful sexual intercourse". I did not find a definition of sexual intercourse, but let's assume we know what that means. I find it hard to believe any prosecutor would entertain the finding of criminal charges against two 15 year old lovers. Fifteen year old people have simply not lived long enough to have adult judgement. Such judgement can & should be expected from a 45 year old man. He exhibited deplorable judgement and should be punished. The children might benefit from gentle counselling by their parents or a professional counselor selected by their parents, but certainly nothing more.

December 14 2013 at 12:51 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down
Matilda Carr

GOOD !!! Teach the student how things are in the real world.... I am a teacher.... lol..... wrong or right, out in the streets stuff like this is normal your mouth and actions.... someone just might call you out

December 13 2013 at 8:12 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

I am your substitute teacher, Sister Mary Elephant
Class, attention, attention, class, class, shut up!
Thank you

Now class, Sister Rosetta has informed me
That your assignment for the last two months
Has been to write an essay entitled
'How I Spent My Summer Vacation'
Who would like to read theirs before the class?

Class, class, cla, shut up!
Thank you

December 13 2013 at 6:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

And he's bad, bad Michael Ciccarelli
The baddest man in the whole damn town
Badder than old King Kong
Meaner than a junkyard dog

........class dismissed!

December 13 2013 at 6:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Derek Schloesser

My question is how did he get inside the house to knock the door off it's hinges. If the parents let him in why didn't they stop him from beating the kid up. If he just walked in isn't that breaking and entering.. Hmmmm.

December 13 2013 at 6:08 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

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