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A jury verdict was issued today in the charges brought against former Salida High School Principal Talmadge Trujillo following the events of September 23, 2021. Of the three charges brought against him, Mr. Trujillo was found not guilty of obstruction of government operations, and guilty of obstruction of a police officer and harboring a minor.

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In a press release issued by the Salida School District regarding the trial, the district announced that Trujillo has another trial date set for December 21 and 22, 2022 related to events of February 9, 2022. Pending the resolution of all charges brought against Trujillo, the Salida School District Board of Education will discuss the next steps at the following regular meeting of the Board.

“The Salida School District, the Police Department, the School Resource Officer (SRO), and all other First Responders continue to work together to ensure that all of our schools are safe. Together, we continue to enhance our safety and security measures in a collaborative effort with our local partners to better deliver support to our students, staff, and community,” read the district’s statement.

The September, 2021 events were the subject of a third-party review in late 2021, resulting in recommendations for improvement in several areas; both for the City of Salida and its response, as well as the Salida School District.