Alleged Abuse At Private School (San Diego News Now)


A former student at Francis Parker School in Linda Vista went public Friday about a lawsuit filed against school administrators. The student claims the school ignored signs of inappropriate behavior by a former teacher. Meanwhile, there’s a new push by the federal government to reunite children who were separated from their parents at the border during the Trump Administration. Plus, an archive details the rich history of San Diego’s craft brew industry.

Good Morning, I’m Annica Colbert….it’s Monday, September 20th.

Allegations of abuse at Francis Parker School

More on that next, but first… let’s do the headlines….


An 8 year old was hospitalized last week after coming down with a rare disease triggered by coronavirus infections. cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome started popping up in kids early on during the pandemic. So far some 600 cases have been reported statewide, at least 80 of which have been here in San diego. it causes inflammation of the heart and while rare, can be deadly–

Dr. Adriana Tremoulet is an infectious disease specialist at rady children’s hospital where 8-year-old Eduardo Cortes has been for nearly a week.

“for eduardo’s specifically he did have a little bit of decrease in the function of his heart in the middle of his care but that has improved.” (:09)

Eduardo is doing well and could leave the hospital by early this week.


Meanwhile, San Diego county health officials reported more than 300 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, and no new deaths. There’s been a slight decrease in hospitalizations. Since March 1st of this year… 96% of all covid-19 hospitalizations and 89% of covid-related deaths have been among the unvaccinated. That’s according to a report released last wednesday from the county health and human services agency.


The unemployment rate in San Diego county fell to 6.6% in July. That’s revised from 6.9%. San Diego is doing a little better than the state-wide average of 7.5%. Either way, there’s been a significant improvement since this time last year when unemployment in the county was at 10.8%. This is according to data released on friday by the Employment Development Department.


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There are allegations of sexual abuse at an exclusive san diego private school. KPBS education reporter MG Perez explains that the alleged abuse happened a few years ago and why it is now recently been taken to court.

Grace Winn is finally telling her heartbreaking story…
CG: Grace Winn/Plaintiff
“I was 13 years old when I was molested and I was abused and I felt there was no safe place at Parker for me to speak out.”
Winn attended the prestigious Francis Parker School in Linda Vista from kindergarten to 12th grade. She graduated in 2019, delivering the commencement speech. What she was not ready to talk about at that time was her experience with Miguel Cembrano who was a history teacher and basketball coach for two years at the school starting in 2013 when he met Grace.
“After school he would tutor her in a classroom by himself ..rubbed her thighs and grabbed her butt and did inappropriate things that should never happen to a child.
Attorneys for the Winn family have filed a lawsuit against the Parker school claiming negligent supervision and a breach of mandatory duty. The family claims school officials were aware of Cembrano’s inappropriate behavior and did nothing about it. The lawsuit claims the school did finally terminate the teacher but did not report the incident to Child Welfare or any students or parents.
“After being fired here at the Francis Parker School in 2015…Miguel Cembrano found one last teaching job for a short time in another local school. In 2016, he killed himself.
His death closed any potential investigation by law enforcement. Late this afternoon, KPBS received this statement from the Parker School counsel…Attorney David G. Molinari
“Francis Parker School denies the allegations contained in the lawsuit; and at this point in the process it is important to realize that is all we have, “allegations.” We will put our faith in the judicial system and judicial process as opposed to litigating on social media or outside the legal system. Francis Parker School takes all alleged incidents very seriously.”
Grace Winn has been in therapy and her family decided to go forward with legal action… they say it’s an attempt to hold the school accountable..
“I want the school to learn and be better and finally put students first.”
Grace says she started college last year as part of her healing process.
That was KPBS Education reporter MG Perez.


It’s been three-and-a-half years since the ACLU first filed a lawsuit in San Diego against the Trump administration, over its policy of separating migrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border. Now the federal government is intensifying its push to reunite those parents and children, with a new program launched this week. KQED’s Michelle Wiley reports.


Governor Newsom will soon get a chance to make his second appointment to the California Supreme Court. That’s because Associate Justice Mariano Florentino-Cuellar has decided to leave the court to head up a prestigious international think tank. KQED Politics Editor Scott Shafer talked to Justice Cuellar and has this report.


Mexico says it’s finished vaccinating adults 18 and older in cities along the border with the United States. Leaders hope that will lead to a full reopening of the U.S.-Mexico border. KJZZ’s Kendal Blust reports from the Fronteras Desk in Hermosillo.

In June, Mexico introduced a campaign to vaccinate all adults in its cities bordering the U.S., with the goal of ending pandemic travel restrictions that have disproportionately impacted Mexican citizens.Now officials say that effort is complete, with about 90 percent of adults in all 45 municipalities along its northern border fully vaccinated.AMLO: Eso ya permite que se abra por completa la frontera.BLUST: President Andres Manual Lopez Obrador says border travel restrictions, now in place for 18 months, can be lifted – though it’s unclear if that will happen next week, when the current extension runs out.SOC: Kendal Blust, KJZZ News, HermosilloSOC 2: I’m Kendal Blust in Hermosillo


Coming up…. In the depths of a basement of a library on the Cal State San Marcos campus lies an archive rich with the history of San Diego’s craft brew industry. The Brew-chive, no really, it’s called that. Brewing archive, brew-chive–we have that story next, just after the break.

In the basement of the Kellogg Library at Cal State San Marcos sits a treasure trove of San Diego beer history. It’s known as the Brewchive (BRU-kive) and it’s dedicated to San Diego’s brewing industry. As KPBS reporter Alexander Nguyen tells us, San Diego brewing history runs deep.

Growlers. This is box 21 So that gives you an idea of how many boxes of Growlers. I have quite a few, and I still have some left to process.
Meet Judith Downie.
I am the history and special collections librarian at Cal State San Marcos.
She’s also the curator of the Brewchive … an archive of the vibrant San Diego brewing scene. From homebrewers to established names dating back to the late 1800s. People are always interested when they meet her.
they’ll say, oh, you’re the beer historian, and they’re always fascinated. I always try to have some kind of little hidden gem of knowledge that you either bust a myth or correct a misperception.
One of the most popular misconceptions about San Diego’s brewing industry is that it started in the 1980s. But it all started in 1868… with Christian Dobler’s (DOOB-ler’s)San Diego Brewing Company.
It might have been a little bit earlier, but that’s the first evidence I can find.
As Downie walks around the…


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