2 Former Students Allege Sexual Abuse at Presentation High School in San Jose
By Matt Keller
November 22, 2017
Two former high school students are coming forward with their allegations of sexual abuse at a prominent South Bay high school. They say Presentation High School in San Jose covered it up for more than three decades.
Kathryn Leehane and Cheryl Hodgin Marshall are asking for changes they say will protect students from sexual abuse. Leehane wrote an article for the Washington Post back in October on her alleged sexual abuse experience back in 1990 at the all-girls Catholic school. She says that has sparked other former or current students to come forward about their sexual abuse by teachers.
According to our media partner, the Mercury News, Presentation's principal, Mary Miller sent parents a letter about the allegations. She wrote, "These cases are being thoroughly investigated by the appropriate authorities and we will not be able to share the conclusions of these investigations because of privacy law, but we want you to know what is occurring to ensure rumors and false information do not make their way through the school community."
The school disputed the claims in a response saying, "PHS has a 55 year history of empowering women. Any statement to the contrary is a gross mischaracterization."