Community Shocked After Arrest of Middle School Teacher
Students of his describe him as easygoing, but a leadership and math teacher – as well as scholarship adviser and track coach – found himself behind bars.
Police say Ian Runciman, from Granite Oaks Middle School, provided drugs to students at his home.
“I was upset. I didn’t think he would do something like that,” said Spencer Schaller.
Runciman has been charged with two felonies and one misdemeanor, including providing a place for drugs and supplying marijuana to juveniles.
“It just shocked me that he did this,” said Logan Stawn.
“In his role as a leadership teacher, he’s also Logan’s track coach. He’s teaching them about health, being healthy. Absolutely, makes me sick,” said Danette Stawn, Logan’s mom.
The investigation began a week ago after a parent found his son at Runciman’s apartment and smelled marijuana. Police were notified shortly after, but they didn’t arrest him until Thursday. He has since bailed out of jail.
We tried to talk to Runciman at his home, but he didn’t answer the front door.
A 14-year-old student of Runciman spoke with us on camera, but his dad asked we not use the interview to protect his son. The teen did tell us:
“After his kids graduated, he’d friend them on Facebook and maintain a friendship with them … I didn’t know it was more that type of friendship.”
Police note that the victims were all of high school age, between the ages of 15 and 17.
“It’s suspected that the teacher knows them, possibly from being prior students,” said Cpl. Chris Spurgeon with the Rocklin Police Department.