As a concerned parent and taxpayer in Douglas County, I have listened to the audio recording provided by DCSD student Grace Davis at the April 19 school board meeting, and I am appalled at the inappropriate behavior by school board president Meghann Silverthorn and vice president Judith Reynolds. Meeting with a 15-year-old student behind closed doors without the prior consent of the student's parents or opportunity for an adult to represent her interests shows extremely poor judgment, tantamount to abuse of power by a person in a position of authority.
I am requesting that both Silverthorn and Reynolds resign immediately. The intimidation of a student by two individuals who are elected officials and volunteers with the district is inexcusable. Defending those actions during the board meeting was even worse. I would like to add, since certain members of this school board continuously insist on politicizing things, that I am not - nor ever have I been - a member of a union, a Republican or a Democrat. Not that any of those things matter in this situation, but it's becoming more and more important to point that out - this is not part of a conspiracy against "reform" and no one is paying or pressuring me to write this letter.
I am a concerned parent first and foremost, who believes that members of DCSD must act with integrity and honesty. I think it is time that the school board, the superintendent, district attorneys and anyone else who tries to defend these actions take a hard look at themselves and their actions. A resignation is not enough - a public apology and legal action must come next. Our children - and our district - deserve better than this.
Dana Rottman Highlands Ranch
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