We were appalled with how Grace Davis was treated at the school board meeting on April 19 by board President Meghann Silverthorn and Vice President Judith Reynolds, but even more so for the reasons that brought Grace to publicly address the school board. To understand the situation where Grace was made to attend, we listened to the recording and cannot fathom how the actions of directors Silverthorn and Reynolds could be ignored.
Children are our most prized possession. We were aghast learning of the actions taken to intimidate Grace Davis, a minor, by Silverthorn and Reynolds. Intimating that Grace was not able to organize her protest without the support of any adults is absurd.
Silverthorn and Reynolds had multiple opportunities to apologize for their own behavior, but instead used their power from the dais to further attempt to belittle Grace. We are thankful Mr. Davis was there to protect his daughter. The abuse of power, over a child, is never OK, especially as elected officials of a school district.
The mental and physical well-being of children begins with district leadership demonstrating how the necessary actions described in the district's code of conduct are to be put into practice. Please, put "Our Commitments" from www.dcsdk12.org/sites/default/files/pk12education/behaviorexpectations/CODEOFCONDUCT_2015-16.pdf, and Board Policies 220.127.116.11, 18.104.22.168, and 1.1.3 where board members shall follow protocol into action.
It is necessary for Silverthorn and Reynolds to resign immediately from the Douglas County School District Board of Education.
Change is difficult, but necessary to afford Grace and the rest of the students, parents, and taxpayers in Douglas County that we are safe.
Kevin and Nicole DiPasquale
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