A very carefully worded investigation "report" from Paul Apostle to Susan Enfield about the Lafayette incident and investigation report from Safety and Security was released today. Also, a letter was sent to parents, also carefully worded, from Ex Director, Aurora Lora. (I can't seem to create a link but I will get it up as soon as I can.)
A story is also in the Times and it, too, is carefully written and leaves out a lot. No link to the investigation at all. You have to wonder why all this tiptoeing is happening. (And thanks to the Times for leaving out that we here broke the story - something to keep in mind in the future.)
Clearly, this is story many people don't want to tell.
The Times leaves out that while the investigation didn't violate school district policy (i.e. Board policy), it left out the Superintendent's own procedures which are very clear on what is to happen if there is a sexual complaint. Mum's the word on those both in the Times and the HR document.
All that is said is that what the principal did, behind closed doors and alone with each child, wasn't "best practice when interviewing students about sensitive matters. Best practice would also recommend that all of the students' parents be informed of the interviews." Oh.
Also, the porn incident - it happened and the student's internet privileges were suspended for the rest of the year. Not made up, folks.
After the incident in the line, "According to staff#1, Student #1( the boy in question) admitted that the claims were true and apologized to students after a discussion about appropriate behavior between classmates." Staff #1 is, I believe, the child's teacher.
"Principal Lute-Ervin stated the culture at Lafayette Elementary has been that teachers tend to deal with Student misconduct at the classroom level and do not properly report misconduct to administrators."
Really? I wonder who they learned that from.
Lute-Ervin is now claiming that the parent who wanted to sit in on the meeting with her child was a person she didn't know and had a different last name from the child, so she said no. (Raise your hand if you have a different last name than your child's? I rest my case.) She also claims that the parent did not identify herself as the student's mother. (I'm going to assume she said this to the investigator with a straight face because what parent wouldn't have said, "I'm his/her mother" when making the request?)
Also with a straight face, she denies telling the children not to tell anyone about the interview. Really? So all these kids went to their separate homes and told their parents the same thing and ALL of them made it up? So it's the principal's word against the kids. Principal trumps kids.
There were "gaps in communication."
Aurora Lora's statement (partial):
To ensure a positive learning environment is maintained between now and the end of the school year, on Monday, Bob Boesche and Paul Apostle and I visited Lafayette and on Tuesday, spoke to the entire staff. To help finish the school year, the school district is providing Principal Jo Lute-Ervin with additional administrative assistance."
You mean someone is babysitting the principal.
And now I am hearing reports that this child acted out physically against another child yesterday.
I hope the district understands that this will all be evidence in any lawsuit if this child hurts someone.
And so with this investigation, we close the books on yet another incident that was pretty much brushed off. The district never learns.