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Updated: Asst. Supt. Arrested After Allegedly Pushing Unruly Parent

Police detained Steve Seaford, assistant superintendent of instructional services, following a private citizen's arrest. Seaford tried to get the disruptive parent to leave the district offices, after which the parent alleged assault.

Assistant Superintendent Steve Seaford was arrested after allegedly pushing toward the door an agitated parent spewing profanity, whom Seaford had asked repeatedly to leave, authorities said Wednesday.

Superintendent Joel Shapiro said Seaford was disenrolling two students who had not lived in the district for months. He was finishing up paperwork Friday morning for the students' final day, which they had been notified about earlier, he said. The parent argued abusively and profanely that the children should stay. 

"Based on my investigation, I saw no act of violence [from Seaford], Shapiro said, noting the parent was disruptive and Seaford was "gently'' trying to get him to leave the offices at 1020 El Centro St.

After the parent left, he called police to initiate a private person's arrest alleging assault, said Det. Richard Lee. The weekly police crime bulletin states that the 52-year-old suspect (Seaford) placed his hand on the parent's back and pushed him toward the door. 

Regarding a private person's arrest, Lee explained, the accusing party is responsible for following the case through the court system, and can be held liable if the accusations turn out to be false. 

tenfold September 14, 2012 at 05:49 AM
Sorry to hear this. Steve Seaford is an exemplary gentleman and a master of his trade. His accomplishments for SPUSD are highly recognized by all of my fellow parents. I am hoping things will clear soon and the real "menace" will be rightfully punished.Hang in there Mr. Seaford, we are there for you !
Steven B. September 14, 2012 at 02:35 PM
There are witnesses in previous situations with parents that Mr. Seaford can be angry and out of control himself. It has been witnessed that he has yelled and inapproriately verbally berated parents in his office. He has trouble with his own temper.
Sue Jensen September 14, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Please...all these supportive comments. This school district has so many problems. Mr. Seaford is known to have a bad temper himself. Many have witnessed him speaking harshly and disrespectful to parents, and at times to a point of yelling. This may be a good lesson for him to keep his own temper and reactions in check when he does his job paid by the residents of his district. This is his wakeup call, we hope
Deborah Brando September 14, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Another instance of someone breaking the law by having his kid in the wrong district and making the good guy the bad guy. The father should be in jail. At least he wasn't carrying a firearm. I shudder to think what could have happened. The man needs to take his kid and go to his own school district.
Susan September 16, 2012 at 04:26 AM
When the district started losing state funds, the board of ed. decided to allow transfer students in order to get the $35.00 a day (per student) average daily attendance money. Now that the district is getting too crowded, SPUSD wants to walk back that policy. Imagine how disruptive it would be for your child if he/she had to change schools and make new friends because SPUSD changed its mind.

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