TURLOCK, CA - A Modesto woman is speaking out against a county-run military high school, saying it may have played a role in the suicide death of her niece.
The Stanislaus Military Academy in Turlock, which has been open for about five years, has an enrollment of about 140 students.
Frances Sanchez said her son was hurt at the school when he was ill and lying on a table. She said a staff member violently jerked the table to make her son Reece fall to the ground.
She also said a niece was refused counseling assistance at the school when she was emotionally troubled. About a month after leaving the school, 16-year-old Alexandria Flores took her own life.
"They were always telling her to go back to class. They weren't letting her talk to anybody," Sanchez said. "When we signed her up at the school, they said they had everything. She'd get counseling and offer this and that."
The Academy is run by the Stanislaus County Office of Education and spokesman Scott Kuykendall said he couldn't comment on specific allegations. He did say the complaint about Sanchez's son was under investigation and would be finished in a "reasonable time."
Kuykendall said the school has not received an official complaint regarding the lack of counseling issue.