18 MONTEREY COUNTY WEEKLY march 28-april 3, 2024 www.montereycountyweekly.com Culture of Silence Carmel High has about 660 students. After a surge in 2021 of public allegations of sexual assault and harassment, then-principal Jon Lyons told the school newspaper, The Sandpiper, “We don’t talk about these things enough, and we’d rather not talk about them. We’d rather just say, ‘It’s not my problem,’ but we need to attack it head on. We have to be explicit.” Photos by Daniel Dreifuss