Less than 24 hours after Sierra High School history teacher Jeff Maurer turned himself into Manteca Police, students at the campus were beginning to take sides.

"I have a good friend and another one who got into a fight because one of them is for protection of Maurer and the other one thinks it's completely wrong, so there was that drama there," said Sierra student Kellani Arnold.

Maurer is facing charges of unlawful sex with a minor, molesting a child and dissuading a witness. Because of a furlough day for San Joaquin County Superior court, the Manteca Unified School District is left in limbo, with Maurer still on paid administrative leave, but who has turned himself into police.

"I have not seen a copy of the charges yet. That will tell us what we need to do administratively in terms of his current employment," said Assistant Superintendent Don Halseth.

The buzz about Maurer's surrender extended to parents sitting of campus.

"It's not scary. I think if he's sleeping with her, it's disgusting," said parent Natalie Swanson.

News of the arrest did exactly what administrators at Sierra High were hoping wouldn't happen, distracting students during an important state testing week.