Former Glendora High School Students Accuse Teacher of Inappropriate Behavior

Two former students of Paul Zigan accuse the high school history teacher of sending inappropriate texts and emails, and unwanted physical contact, according to a San Gabriel Valley Tribune report.

Two former Glendora High School students have accused a Glendora High School teacher of inappropriate behavior and unwanted physical contact with them while they were minors, according to a report by the San Gabriel Valley Tribune Monday.

The Tribune reports Glendora Police investigated allegations, and sent the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, but no charges have been filed because the one-year statute of limitations has expired.

One of the women has been identified as Amy McElroy, 20, a former valedictorian of Glendora High School.

She told the Tribune that Paul Zigan, who currently teaches history at Glendora High School, engaged in unwanted physical contact that included long embraces, groping and kisses on the cheek during the summer of 2007. McElroy, who said she also babysat for Zigan and his wife, also accuses Zigan of sending her inappropriate texts and emails. McElroy filed her report with the Glendora Police Department last summer.

The other 19-year-old woman in the investigation declined to give her name, but also accused Zigan of sending her a late-night text asking her what she was wearing.

Glendora Unified School District confirmed to the Tribune that Zigan is still teaching at Glendora High School, although officials would not state whether he had been disciplined, according to district policy.

The allegations come on the heels intense scrutiny over teacher misconduct in classrooms, following a high profile case at Miramonte Elementary School.

Senator Bob Huff and other California lawmakers are pushing to create more stringent disciplinary actions against

Citizen of Glendora March 22, 2012 at 04:17 AM
I AGREE 100% All this talk here on the Patch is completely gossip. No one has any proof of anything- either way- and it is absolutely reprehenible the way the slander is being thrown around. Mr. Z is absolutely innocent until and if he is proven guilty, just as any one of our fathers, sons,uncles, cousins... should be - and thank God for that !
Citizen of Glendora March 22, 2012 at 04:20 AM
WELL SAID!!! ( Thank you for your well neede clearity)
Anonymous March 22, 2012 at 04:31 AM
I think both parties are going to endure it for the rest of their lives. The uncomfortable feelings don't just go away. They stick with you and effect your trust with others, men especially. Unfortunetly it was bound to happen wether it be back then, now, or in 10 years it would it matter. Even if it was the Tribune, or any other source it's not the media that is "ruining" his life, just man up, take the responsibility for your actions, get your help, apologize wether he be forgiven or not, and just move on from it. The cloud will hang over him his family, the victims their families, and everyone involved with this who knew since it happened. These girls are owning it, and he kinda should too...
use some sense March 22, 2012 at 04:41 AM
Try to be intelligent for a moment. What would the girls have to gain by lying? Getting back at him for bad grades? No, they both got "A"s. Attention? Yeah, like anyone wants this kind of attention. Evidence? Emails still preserved and texts witnessed by several others. And then the school and police did nothing. And you guys are blaming the victims. I supposed they dressed provocatively They had it coming? Gotta go now, I'm getting sick. I
class 2010 student March 22, 2012 at 05:51 AM
Thank you "ex g town citizen" and well said!
class 2010 student March 22, 2012 at 05:54 AM
Totally agree with you and "Citizen of Glendora," extremely well said.
Natalie March 22, 2012 at 08:38 AM
Well said, Natalie. Encouragement, support, discernment, wisdom, understanding, compassion, and love will go a long, long way for both victims and teacher alike.
B March 22, 2012 at 03:25 PM
WJ what journals say and a group says what a journalist is suppose to do and what they actually do are 2 different things. I studied journalism and I know that it isn't true. Most have a slant, it doesn't matter if it is this story or a sports story or what ever, they do say things the way they want to. A journalist never has to take an oath, so what keeps them from saying what they want? It is good to keep a perspective on this whole story. There are 2 sides to it, we don't know Mr. Zigan's side. When I studied journalism, we had to take a class on the law and journalism. I feel that the Tribune is very close to being liable. They didn't need to publish his name until the facts are in order and if the DA and the School District have chosen not to do anything then it is on them not Mr. Zigan.
Concerned March 22, 2012 at 05:26 PM
This thread is very difficult to read. It seems as though all parties have been "villianized" or vilified in some manner. The students are called liars or stupid. Mr. Zigan is called a molester or a monster. It is so easy to throw stones at people, forgetting our own common humanity. That is very unfortunate and makes us prideful. To me, it seems that there is evidence of inappropriate behavior and harassment. My hope is that there is active repentance on Mr. Zigan's part, forgiveness on the part of the students involved. Appropriate disciplinary actions should take place withing the school system. I hope that all parties can be involved in counseling for long term healing in their respective issues. And I pray for the restoration of all the lives that have been hurt by these incidents. I hope the Glendora community would be supportive of the same.
A.M.C. March 22, 2012 at 06:28 PM
It is really a shame that people want to defend what you don't know. Yes, people can make stories up. Anyone with a brain can fabricate something like this. But sometimes, and this is absolutely unfortunate...it's true. Girls like attention, flirt (maybe not intentionally) but that doesn't mean they want THAT type of attention. My junior high had such an incident with more than 5 girls and involving 2 male aids. What started out as joking around and just friendly hi/bye situations was taken to another level where the aids became sexual in language and then physcially. It does happen. Not saying this particular situtation is true or not. I'm just putting out there the fact that you can't discount the victims. The girls at my school were scared, confused and absolutely humiliated that they "let" something happen to them. Which IMO they didn't "let" it happen, but when you're in that posistion you place the blame on yourself. But coming forward and stopping those two guys stopped them from doing it to anyone else (in a school setting anyway). Be supportive of other side, but don't be so blinded at the fact that something like this can't possibly happen in good old Glendora. It happens everywhere, everyday and far too often.
G_Town March 22, 2012 at 07:31 PM
This is the best comment on here so far. Use logic. Why would anyone come forward, making such allegations, if they are baseless? They have nothing to gain (notoriety, money, political influence, power, etc.) from making these allegations. I could understand (however it would be an ugly act) if this was politically motivated or financially motivated. I'm guessing Mr. Zigan is not a wealthy individual, nor is he a politician.
In Glendora March 22, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Zigen made the choice for his family when he conducted himself inappropriately. Sometimes the only way to make a community aware of a situation is via the media. As a parent of a GHS student. I want to know!
Disgusted March 22, 2012 at 08:18 PM
I think this entire incident, whether true or not, is disturbing. Teachers: Remember to exercise caution at all times near students. Do not let your guard down and become "buddies" with students and exchange personal e-mail addresses and cell numbers with them. Parents: Talk to your kids and have them exercise the same rules to keep student / teacher relationships intact. Also, for those who have daughters, make sure they go to school dressed appropriately. Say no to the tiny tight shorts and t-shirts.
Glendora Parent March 22, 2012 at 08:43 PM
My prayers go out to both girls & their families. I have a daughter in Mr. Zigan's class so I'm grateful this was brought to light so that she can be cautious, especially since GHS hasn't mentioned a word & he is back at school today.
Bill C. March 22, 2012 at 09:38 PM
The police did exactly what they're paid to do, to say they did nothing is an absolute lie. They investigated the incident, went to the D.A.'s office with their findings and the D.A.'s office determined no charges would be filed based on the crime taking place outside the statute of limitations. You're not using sense with that type of claim.
Concerned Father March 23, 2012 at 03:02 AM
@SHAME ON YOU, I feel for you and your family and I have also been at odds with the Glendora School District because they do not have the best interest of our kids at heart. Stick to your guns and stand by the kids.
Bill C. March 23, 2012 at 08:01 AM
Just Saying, you know nothing about the criminal justice system but be happy in your ignorance. Go volunteer at some county jail or prison and get a real good lok at the people staying there, of course unlike here you'll need your eyes wide open to stay safe.
Ghs_student2012 March 23, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Ghs_student2012 March 23, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Everyone just wants to argue and defend lets just mind our own business and when the facts come out then punish him. Don't punish a family & dont punish the girls. Both have feelings both have lives.
Virgil March 26, 2012 at 11:40 PM
all these posts bring up a variety of positions on this issue. Having been in LE and as an investigator I have experience in these types of cases. Without being long winded I will say it is not uncommon for victims of these types of situations to wait a long time to reveal the complaint. I investigated sexual assault cases that were not revealed for many years. The longer the delay the more difficult to corroborate the information. As for GPD they are very good at their responsibility to investigate complaints in a timely manner and then forward the findings to the DA's office. As for the DA's office I can see the filing DA now.....it does not matter the merit of the case, when they determined the statue of limitations had past they were done with it. No further consideration is giving as to if they could go to trial and get a jury of 12 to find guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. It was a mood point. So I feel for the young ladies in this case, and as our judicial system demands the accused is innocent until proven guilty. Their are now winners and losers in this situation.
Denise B. March 27, 2012 at 04:41 AM
So what do you think about this social media form of street justice? You are seeing it in the Florida case and to a lesser extent here. If we don't like the official ruling, we can take it to the masses for judgement through social media. Who do you think won or lost here? It is not as clear cut as your last statement implies. The official procedure is more civilized. What transpired here is more like going back to the days when we just tarred and feathered everyone in the public square. Also, I know you went to GHS around the same time as Don H. And I both did. Remember what went on then? Sheesh... Crazy or what?
Goatchaps March 29, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Today I feel bad to have been raised in Glendora. Anyone who judges for or against Mr. Zigan based upon this article alone is jumping in the car with no gas money. The people who speak about either of the two girls in a negative fashion should apologize. It does not matter if you were enrolled in Mr. Zigan's course or not - that does not mean that you know him. I was in Mr. Zigan's geography course about fifteen years ago and I can say that he did not seem like the type of person to behave in the manner that is being alleged. But, that does not mean that he didn't behave inappropriately. I was enrolled in his course for a full school year, but I don't feel like I knew him; he was merely my geography teacher. The people that have posted negative comments that are directed towards the Tribune are not thinking logically. It is not one girl that has alleged inappropriate behavior - there are two girls that we know about. There may be more that we don't know about. Let's say, hypothetically, that this story is true. Would you want it published so that current and future students were made aware? Now let's reverse the hypothetical: let's say that the allegations are untrue. Why would there be reports of inappropriate conduct by more than one individual? Could it be a coincidence that two different girls accused the same teacher of inappropriate conduct at different times? It smells fishy, but two known allegations are definitely enough to publish an article about the subject.
Chongo March 30, 2012 at 02:18 AM
I so agree.
use some sense March 30, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Sorry, Bill. You are right, the police did all they could do.
k April 17, 2012 at 03:59 AM
If a student doesn't want a weird relationship with a teacher, then they shouldn't give them their phone number in the first place, and they should not get involved with their family by babysitting the kids, that is just odd. Also, I was a student at GHS and I graduated in 2009 and I would never write any of my teachers a "thank you letter". What is the point of that?
This Article Made My Day April 25, 2012 at 10:38 AM
I don't know what all you guys are talking about. I had Mr. Zigan between 2003 and 2004, and all I can say is that he was the biggest prick on the whole campus, and karma is a bitch.
chuck2251 June 06, 2012 at 06:05 PM
chuck2251 June 06, 2012 at 06:30 PM
well said.. look at all the people ,who believed the kids at the McMARTIN PRE SCHOOL ALLEGATIONS.. and THE GIRL WHO SENT THAT FOOTBALL PLAYER TO PRISON FOR 5 YEARS..
chuck2251 June 06, 2012 at 06:44 PM
was the McMARTIN PRE SCHOOL ALLEGATIONS..accusers a coincidence??
chuck2251 June 06, 2012 at 06:48 PM


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