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Video puts MAD Academy director back in the spotlight after retirement announcement

Video puts MAD Academy director back in the spotlight after retirement announcement

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Parents said a video on Instagram shows the longtime director of the Santa Barbara High School Multimedia, Arts and Design Academy in a home with a student who appears to be holding a bong and jar of marijuana, while others clean up a mess.

The video makes some parents wonder if that is part of the reason the educator announced his retirement after a he returned to work last week after being placed on paid administrative leave.

Parent Justin Tuttle said, "I found the video on Instagram and it appears to depict Mr. Williams giving a thumbs up to a juvenile holding a bong and glass container of a pot filled with marijuana."

The Ventura County Public Defender is the father of teens in the academy. He said he can identify the 11th and 12th graders in the video.

Tuttle may run for the school board and intends to speak out at Tuesday's board meeting.

"A man in his 40s and they've announced his retirement, something doesn't smell right," Tuttle said.

Supporters of Dan Williams credit him with the success of the MAD Academy.

They believe the video can be explained and that Williams was cleared of wrongdoing.

They also believe his plan to retire at the end of June is a coincidence.

Althought his return to school and retirement is said to be amicable, the district says the do not comment on personnel issues.

As for Williams, he spoke to his attorney and chose not to comment for this report.


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