Skip to comments.Only On 9: Family Outraged Over Suspension Of Westlake High Senior Class President
Posted on 02/07/2014 6:49:14 AM PST by BenLurkin
WESTLAKE (CBSLA.com) The family of a high school senior suspended from Westlake High School is angry and talking Only to KCAL9 about their ordeal.
Dominic Conti, 17, was suspended from school for five days following an incident at a football game last October 11. He reportedly confronted and got into an altercation with a football player he accused of sexually harassing his 15-year-old sister, a freshman at the school.
Conti, until his suspension, was also the schools senior class president. That position was taken away after his suspension.
KCAL9′s Rachel Kim spoke to Conti, his sister and their father.
Friends and Conti supporters accuse Westlake High Principal Ron Lipari of coming down hard on Conti and protecting the schools football program.
The Contis insist they went to school administration to complain about the football player but say nothing was done.
Im a victim of sexual harassment, said Contis sister, a Westlake freshman who didnt want her name used or her likeness shown. And you know what, [the sexual harassment] it is not okay.
She said a football player, who had been saying vulgar things to her, did it again on the night of Oct. 11 for the third time.
He begins asking me to do things to his private parts many things to his private parts and I begin to tell him no and I would never, ever do that, said Dominics sister.
Her father and brother found a security guard and went to confront the football player.
Larry told Kim he asked the player, Are you the one harassing my little girl?
Dominic said, Thats when [the player] lunged at me and my dad and he threw a punch. In self defense, I pushed down his arm.
Dominic, a 4.4 GPA student, insists he never threw a punch at the football player and explained to the principal that he only acted in self-defense.
I looked him in the eye and I said Mr. Lipari, I do not regret protecting my sister, Dominic said.
The family believes the principal and the district are protecting the schools football program above females at the school.
Last August the school was allegedly involved in a hazing incident when the team traveled to Hawaii and Larry Conti believes the football players apparently believe they are above reproach.
I felt a little upset with the school [regarding Hawaii.] The boy was just a process, he is part of the culture of that school, said Larry.
Despite the fact Dominic is back in school, he believes the suspension will hurt him with college recruiters despite his high GPA and school activities.
The Contis are suing the principal for defamation and for disclosing personal information about Dominic, Kim reports.
She also said she emailed and called the superintendents office twice for a comment and havent heard back from them.
I don’t know what really happened here but it’s not hard to imagine a school with a culture where football players think they can get away with anything and sometimes do.
Considering how many private businessmen are conservative, I would think it’s more than overdue that they bet together and stare a guaranteed jobs program for VICTIMS of liberal PC bullsXit.
Too early to be typing...
‘GET together and start a guaranteed jobs program...’
The libs think everyone needs “counseling.” The kid sister needs “counseling,” the player who abused her needs “counseling,” the older brother needs “counseling,” all the parents need “counseling.”
Some of the best counseling is a good ass-kicking. It has a proven track record.
In which state did this incident take place? I could no find it .
There are many who worry that God's wrath will be aimed at these United States but I say, broaden your horizon. But as for me and my house.....
Time to get a lawyer and sue the school district’s ass off...and the football player for sexual harassment. Just for laughs...see how they like the publicity.
Westlake, private shool, jocks everywhere. Father and son with a lot of work to do.
a serious incident involving members of a local football team some years ago,,,was as far as I know never resolved....
the superstar celebrity concept seems to overule common sense and all too often common decency.
I handled the same situation with my own sister. Two words: No. Witnesses.
Ski mask and baseball bat is not only for cold weather and sports.
I agree, no witnesses. Low side kick to the knee, outside in. Football career over, new career in the fast food industry following social graduation.
not only high schools. The special of treatment of star athletes continues thru college, and if they are really good, to the pro’s.
Unless they have received a strong moral grounding at home, there’s serious trouble with entitlement. Unfortunately, many athletes get NO moral grounding at home.
The schools are more often than not just plain worthless. Too many are more interested in the teams’ success than character development. Sad state of affairs
Sounds like the brother and father stood up to the bully like real men. The principle is making himself look like a twerp and was useless in helping prevent the incident. The good guys are being punished here while the twisted malcontent is encouraged to feel justified in his demented actions. Then the same deviants reach adulthood and try this crap out in the real world. They feel entitled to follow their selfish lusts and illegal activities. The principle is a direct contributor to helping turn our country into the cultural cesspool it has become.
This is a public school.
Yes, I screwed up. My only excuse is that they act as if it were a private school. Consistently high athletic performances, a few of their players have gone on to pro positions in various sports.
But yes, you’re right: Public school.
He pushed the guys arm down? Was suspended?
They would have needed a pry bar to pull my fist out of the guys face!
“Football player” truly needs to be knee-capped.
In a most destructive manner.
Consequences for your actions.
“I dont know what really happened here but its not hard to imagine a school with a culture where football players think they can get away with anything and sometimes do.”
Think of Steubenville, Ohio Big Red high school and its football players, coaches, etc. Justice will never be done there.
the team is almost completely white...so odds are, no
actually...after looking at their roster, I correct myself, they have added a number of black players just in the past couple of years. Still, mostly white
I would never send my kid to public school. He goes to a private school - a fantastic one.
No politically correct crap. No anti gun crap. No clique sports group crap.
85% of students participate in a varsity sport.
One kid won a school art competition with a painting of guns in a positive light.
28% diverse student body.
There is a lot of animosity and false perceptions about private schools, driven by the press and the movies ( i. e. the movie Traffic).
I’ve never seen it. The kids are too busy studying!!