For Immediate Release
June 20, 2016
It is disappointing, but not unexpected, that the investigation into the bullying of Grace Davis by Directors Silverthorn and Reynolds found no wrongdoing on their part. As we pointed out previously, the investigator has ties to Director Silverthorn and the rest of the reform board majority and should never have been used due to the apparent conflict of interest.
We, and hundreds of other community members, have listened to the audio of the closed door meeting and were appalled by Directors Reynolds and Silverthorn’s tones of voice and statements made to Miss Davis. Over 600 people were disturbed enough to send emails to the Board of Education requesting their resignation, while only two wrote to support them. While this investigation may not have found specific policy violations, we stand firm in calling for the resignation of Director Reynolds and Director Silverthorn. Their treatment of a minor by an adult in a position of authority was inexcusable.
While DCP would like the focus to remain on Grace, we would also like to point out some inaccuracies about our community group in the report. The investigators did not contact DCP as an organization, any of its leadership team, or, to our knowledge, any of our members to gain an understanding of our group or fact check any of the claims made about us. Had the investigators reached out to DCP they would have discovered that we had no ties to Miss Davis’ protest, we did not start the #IStandWithGrace hashtag, and we did not have t-shirts designed and printed with the hashtag. Furthermore, we did not create the form letter calling for the resignation of directors Silverthorn and Reynolds. The form letter was created by another community group, Voices for Public Education. Finally, we have never promoted the #FireFagen hashtag. Based on the investigators’ false information on these points, we have to wonder what other “facts” in the report are erroneous and question the validity of the report in its entirety. The board majority seems to have used $178,000 of taxpayer funds to pay for an incomplete investigation in which all claims were not verified.
We remain steadfast in the call for the resignation of Directors Silverthorn and Reynolds, which is based on ethics, not policy. We will never condone the poor treatment of any student in Douglas County School District by adults in a position of authority.
About Douglas County Parents:
DCP is a growing local volunteer advocacy group made up of over 1600 parents, teachers, students, and community members of all political affiliations, ages and professions who seek to maximize learning opportunities for all DCSD students, achieve district-wide fiscal responsibility, and ensure that all voices are heard and respected. All facts we share are backed with documentation garnered through the school district and Colorado Department of Education websites and publications, Colorado Open Records Act requests, and attendance at a variety of meetings. Please contact our spokesperson, Jason Virdin, at firstname.lastname@example.org for updates and statements relating to DCSD issues.