Father of Junior High School Student Speaks

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The following is a clip from Tuesday’s Davis City Council Meeting. Guy Fischer, whose son has been harassed at Harper Junior High School spoke on the matter.

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David Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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40 thoughts on “Father of Junior High School Student Speaks”

  1. Anonymous

    A few thoughts about the Junior High School harassment

    First and foremost, it is terrible that the kid feels he has been driven away from the school. Somebody should tell the bullies they are acting like cowards. If they have an issue with the father’s lifestyle then they should take it up with the father, not the son who is and innocent bystander.

    It looks like the school is doing a lot. Of course the father will never think it is enough. The most disturbing open issue is the car fire. It is imperative that the police figure out who did that and why.

    The son and the father should understand that they are breaking ground to some extent and it is important that they hang in there – if not for themselves then for others who will be following, About 50 years ago nine Black kids entered high school in Little Rock. I am certain the experience at the time was horrible, but they made it easier for others. One of my brothers is Gay and although he is not a parent I know he would make a wonderful father. I also know that if my brother had a child his lifestyle might make life difficult for the child. Living in California makes the situation better than it would be in many other places, but unfortunately the concept of a Gay family is still viewed as being unusual. Progress is being made, but more has to be done. Walking away from the school and back to the comfort of the closet will not help push things forward.

    A related story – the DPD caught the teenagers responsible for the toilet paper/egg job at the Gay family’s house. According to the DPD press release “the motivation had nothing to do with homophobia in any way.” The DPD announcement is remarkable because as far as I can tell it is the first time the DPD has made an effort to thoroughly investigate any of the cases where hate was suspected. They actually made an effort to investigate motivation. Two years ago they would have closed their eyes and just charged all three kids with a hate crime. I suspect a couple of recent events have forced the DPD to alter their methods and start acting more like professional police officers. I am sure the Buzayan case had an impact. The DPD felt they were unfairly accused of racial bias and perhaps came to the realization the their own actions of falsely accusing people of bias were wrong. Perhaps even more important, was the realization that their decision would be reviewed by the new ombudsman. They knew someone would be looking over their shoulders and as a result they changed their behavior. Maybe the ombudsman position is already making a difference. I might be reading too much into this, but I hope not

    By the way what is it with Davis teenagers and eggs?SAH

  2. Anonymous

    A few thoughts about the Junior High School harassment

    First and foremost, it is terrible that the kid feels he has been driven away from the school. Somebody should tell the bullies they are acting like cowards. If they have an issue with the father’s lifestyle then they should take it up with the father, not the son who is and innocent bystander.

    It looks like the school is doing a lot. Of course the father will never think it is enough. The most disturbing open issue is the car fire. It is imperative that the police figure out who did that and why.

    The son and the father should understand that they are breaking ground to some extent and it is important that they hang in there – if not for themselves then for others who will be following, About 50 years ago nine Black kids entered high school in Little Rock. I am certain the experience at the time was horrible, but they made it easier for others. One of my brothers is Gay and although he is not a parent I know he would make a wonderful father. I also know that if my brother had a child his lifestyle might make life difficult for the child. Living in California makes the situation better than it would be in many other places, but unfortunately the concept of a Gay family is still viewed as being unusual. Progress is being made, but more has to be done. Walking away from the school and back to the comfort of the closet will not help push things forward.

    A related story – the DPD caught the teenagers responsible for the toilet paper/egg job at the Gay family’s house. According to the DPD press release “the motivation had nothing to do with homophobia in any way.” The DPD announcement is remarkable because as far as I can tell it is the first time the DPD has made an effort to thoroughly investigate any of the cases where hate was suspected. They actually made an effort to investigate motivation. Two years ago they would have closed their eyes and just charged all three kids with a hate crime. I suspect a couple of recent events have forced the DPD to alter their methods and start acting more like professional police officers. I am sure the Buzayan case had an impact. The DPD felt they were unfairly accused of racial bias and perhaps came to the realization the their own actions of falsely accusing people of bias were wrong. Perhaps even more important, was the realization that their decision would be reviewed by the new ombudsman. They knew someone would be looking over their shoulders and as a result they changed their behavior. Maybe the ombudsman position is already making a difference. I might be reading too much into this, but I hope not

    By the way what is it with Davis teenagers and eggs?SAH

  3. Anonymous

    A few thoughts about the Junior High School harassment

    First and foremost, it is terrible that the kid feels he has been driven away from the school. Somebody should tell the bullies they are acting like cowards. If they have an issue with the father’s lifestyle then they should take it up with the father, not the son who is and innocent bystander.

    It looks like the school is doing a lot. Of course the father will never think it is enough. The most disturbing open issue is the car fire. It is imperative that the police figure out who did that and why.

    The son and the father should understand that they are breaking ground to some extent and it is important that they hang in there – if not for themselves then for others who will be following, About 50 years ago nine Black kids entered high school in Little Rock. I am certain the experience at the time was horrible, but they made it easier for others. One of my brothers is Gay and although he is not a parent I know he would make a wonderful father. I also know that if my brother had a child his lifestyle might make life difficult for the child. Living in California makes the situation better than it would be in many other places, but unfortunately the concept of a Gay family is still viewed as being unusual. Progress is being made, but more has to be done. Walking away from the school and back to the comfort of the closet will not help push things forward.

    A related story – the DPD caught the teenagers responsible for the toilet paper/egg job at the Gay family’s house. According to the DPD press release “the motivation had nothing to do with homophobia in any way.” The DPD announcement is remarkable because as far as I can tell it is the first time the DPD has made an effort to thoroughly investigate any of the cases where hate was suspected. They actually made an effort to investigate motivation. Two years ago they would have closed their eyes and just charged all three kids with a hate crime. I suspect a couple of recent events have forced the DPD to alter their methods and start acting more like professional police officers. I am sure the Buzayan case had an impact. The DPD felt they were unfairly accused of racial bias and perhaps came to the realization the their own actions of falsely accusing people of bias were wrong. Perhaps even more important, was the realization that their decision would be reviewed by the new ombudsman. They knew someone would be looking over their shoulders and as a result they changed their behavior. Maybe the ombudsman position is already making a difference. I might be reading too much into this, but I hope not

    By the way what is it with Davis teenagers and eggs?SAH

  4. Anonymous

    A few thoughts about the Junior High School harassment

    First and foremost, it is terrible that the kid feels he has been driven away from the school. Somebody should tell the bullies they are acting like cowards. If they have an issue with the father’s lifestyle then they should take it up with the father, not the son who is and innocent bystander.

    It looks like the school is doing a lot. Of course the father will never think it is enough. The most disturbing open issue is the car fire. It is imperative that the police figure out who did that and why.

    The son and the father should understand that they are breaking ground to some extent and it is important that they hang in there – if not for themselves then for others who will be following, About 50 years ago nine Black kids entered high school in Little Rock. I am certain the experience at the time was horrible, but they made it easier for others. One of my brothers is Gay and although he is not a parent I know he would make a wonderful father. I also know that if my brother had a child his lifestyle might make life difficult for the child. Living in California makes the situation better than it would be in many other places, but unfortunately the concept of a Gay family is still viewed as being unusual. Progress is being made, but more has to be done. Walking away from the school and back to the comfort of the closet will not help push things forward.

    A related story – the DPD caught the teenagers responsible for the toilet paper/egg job at the Gay family’s house. According to the DPD press release “the motivation had nothing to do with homophobia in any way.” The DPD announcement is remarkable because as far as I can tell it is the first time the DPD has made an effort to thoroughly investigate any of the cases where hate was suspected. They actually made an effort to investigate motivation. Two years ago they would have closed their eyes and just charged all three kids with a hate crime. I suspect a couple of recent events have forced the DPD to alter their methods and start acting more like professional police officers. I am sure the Buzayan case had an impact. The DPD felt they were unfairly accused of racial bias and perhaps came to the realization the their own actions of falsely accusing people of bias were wrong. Perhaps even more important, was the realization that their decision would be reviewed by the new ombudsman. They knew someone would be looking over their shoulders and as a result they changed their behavior. Maybe the ombudsman position is already making a difference. I might be reading too much into this, but I hope not

    By the way what is it with Davis teenagers and eggs?SAH

  5. 無名 - wu ming

    issuing a press release that it had nothing to do with it isn’t exactly proof. i’ll be interested to see how the DPD came to that conclusion. good for this kid and his father to stand up and press the issue, it takes a lot of courage to increase your public profile after being bullied like that, but doing so is essential.

  6. 無名 - wu ming

    issuing a press release that it had nothing to do with it isn’t exactly proof. i’ll be interested to see how the DPD came to that conclusion. good for this kid and his father to stand up and press the issue, it takes a lot of courage to increase your public profile after being bullied like that, but doing so is essential.

  7. 無名 - wu ming

    issuing a press release that it had nothing to do with it isn’t exactly proof. i’ll be interested to see how the DPD came to that conclusion. good for this kid and his father to stand up and press the issue, it takes a lot of courage to increase your public profile after being bullied like that, but doing so is essential.

  8. 無名 - wu ming

    issuing a press release that it had nothing to do with it isn’t exactly proof. i’ll be interested to see how the DPD came to that conclusion. good for this kid and his father to stand up and press the issue, it takes a lot of courage to increase your public profile after being bullied like that, but doing so is essential.

  9. Anonymous

    My house was egged. We didn’t call the police. We finally figured out that it was all about my son breaking up with a girlfriend. The glimmer of egg is still on my house. They thoughtfully aimed for the windows where clean up was easier, but a few of them missed.

    My dad’s car was egged for no reason that we can figure out. By the time he discovered it, the egg had dried and had ruined the paint. The car was old and he was just about to trade it in anyway. It had to be kids cruising around being idiots. We can’t figure out any other possible reason.

    Since the kids who egged Zach’s house were caught, I’d be curious to know what was their motivation. Why one house over another? Why one car over another?

    Do these kids realize the damage that eggs cause? I think a week repainting the Fisher house would be a great way to make amends. Stick to toilet paper, please.

  10. Anonymous

    My house was egged. We didn’t call the police. We finally figured out that it was all about my son breaking up with a girlfriend. The glimmer of egg is still on my house. They thoughtfully aimed for the windows where clean up was easier, but a few of them missed.

    My dad’s car was egged for no reason that we can figure out. By the time he discovered it, the egg had dried and had ruined the paint. The car was old and he was just about to trade it in anyway. It had to be kids cruising around being idiots. We can’t figure out any other possible reason.

    Since the kids who egged Zach’s house were caught, I’d be curious to know what was their motivation. Why one house over another? Why one car over another?

    Do these kids realize the damage that eggs cause? I think a week repainting the Fisher house would be a great way to make amends. Stick to toilet paper, please.

  11. Anonymous

    My house was egged. We didn’t call the police. We finally figured out that it was all about my son breaking up with a girlfriend. The glimmer of egg is still on my house. They thoughtfully aimed for the windows where clean up was easier, but a few of them missed.

    My dad’s car was egged for no reason that we can figure out. By the time he discovered it, the egg had dried and had ruined the paint. The car was old and he was just about to trade it in anyway. It had to be kids cruising around being idiots. We can’t figure out any other possible reason.

    Since the kids who egged Zach’s house were caught, I’d be curious to know what was their motivation. Why one house over another? Why one car over another?

    Do these kids realize the damage that eggs cause? I think a week repainting the Fisher house would be a great way to make amends. Stick to toilet paper, please.

  12. Anonymous

    My house was egged. We didn’t call the police. We finally figured out that it was all about my son breaking up with a girlfriend. The glimmer of egg is still on my house. They thoughtfully aimed for the windows where clean up was easier, but a few of them missed.

    My dad’s car was egged for no reason that we can figure out. By the time he discovered it, the egg had dried and had ruined the paint. The car was old and he was just about to trade it in anyway. It had to be kids cruising around being idiots. We can’t figure out any other possible reason.

    Since the kids who egged Zach’s house were caught, I’d be curious to know what was their motivation. Why one house over another? Why one car over another?

    Do these kids realize the damage that eggs cause? I think a week repainting the Fisher house would be a great way to make amends. Stick to toilet paper, please.

  13. Doug Paul Davis

    The police really do believe that the firebombing was not related to the harassment. I guess they think the eggs don’t either. Hard to know. The point was made that firebombing a car at 4-5 am is not really the mo of a 13 year old kid. OTOH, it is an incredible coincidence that should not be dismissed without strong evidence that points to other ways.

  14. Doug Paul Davis

    The police really do believe that the firebombing was not related to the harassment. I guess they think the eggs don’t either. Hard to know. The point was made that firebombing a car at 4-5 am is not really the mo of a 13 year old kid. OTOH, it is an incredible coincidence that should not be dismissed without strong evidence that points to other ways.

  15. Doug Paul Davis

    The police really do believe that the firebombing was not related to the harassment. I guess they think the eggs don’t either. Hard to know. The point was made that firebombing a car at 4-5 am is not really the mo of a 13 year old kid. OTOH, it is an incredible coincidence that should not be dismissed without strong evidence that points to other ways.

  16. Doug Paul Davis

    The police really do believe that the firebombing was not related to the harassment. I guess they think the eggs don’t either. Hard to know. The point was made that firebombing a car at 4-5 am is not really the mo of a 13 year old kid. OTOH, it is an incredible coincidence that should not be dismissed without strong evidence that points to other ways.

  17. Anonymous

    The firebombing is more of a concern to me. This is a life-threatening act, which goes beyond mere harrassment. Determination of a hate crime here is a no-brainer, I believe. It may or may not be related in some way to the harrassment on the Harper campus. If not, then it is very unnerving that someone is floating around the community who would attack a family in this way.

    Another thing – Mr. Fisher spoke in anger about the suggestion of his son going to Independent Study. My child is a student at DSIS. He went there for what was planned to be one semester, then refused to return to the High School. He loves the school and the support he receives from his teacher, the staff and other students there. It is a wonderful program. At DSIS, he has the right to attend specific courses and participate in extra-curricular activities at DHS (or in Zach’s case Junior High) according to his academic needs and interests. I hope Mr. Fisher gives DSIS another look, if only as a temporary solution to Zack continuing his education.

  18. Anonymous

    The firebombing is more of a concern to me. This is a life-threatening act, which goes beyond mere harrassment. Determination of a hate crime here is a no-brainer, I believe. It may or may not be related in some way to the harrassment on the Harper campus. If not, then it is very unnerving that someone is floating around the community who would attack a family in this way.

    Another thing – Mr. Fisher spoke in anger about the suggestion of his son going to Independent Study. My child is a student at DSIS. He went there for what was planned to be one semester, then refused to return to the High School. He loves the school and the support he receives from his teacher, the staff and other students there. It is a wonderful program. At DSIS, he has the right to attend specific courses and participate in extra-curricular activities at DHS (or in Zach’s case Junior High) according to his academic needs and interests. I hope Mr. Fisher gives DSIS another look, if only as a temporary solution to Zack continuing his education.

  19. Anonymous

    The firebombing is more of a concern to me. This is a life-threatening act, which goes beyond mere harrassment. Determination of a hate crime here is a no-brainer, I believe. It may or may not be related in some way to the harrassment on the Harper campus. If not, then it is very unnerving that someone is floating around the community who would attack a family in this way.

    Another thing – Mr. Fisher spoke in anger about the suggestion of his son going to Independent Study. My child is a student at DSIS. He went there for what was planned to be one semester, then refused to return to the High School. He loves the school and the support he receives from his teacher, the staff and other students there. It is a wonderful program. At DSIS, he has the right to attend specific courses and participate in extra-curricular activities at DHS (or in Zach’s case Junior High) according to his academic needs and interests. I hope Mr. Fisher gives DSIS another look, if only as a temporary solution to Zack continuing his education.

  20. Anonymous

    The firebombing is more of a concern to me. This is a life-threatening act, which goes beyond mere harrassment. Determination of a hate crime here is a no-brainer, I believe. It may or may not be related in some way to the harrassment on the Harper campus. If not, then it is very unnerving that someone is floating around the community who would attack a family in this way.

    Another thing – Mr. Fisher spoke in anger about the suggestion of his son going to Independent Study. My child is a student at DSIS. He went there for what was planned to be one semester, then refused to return to the High School. He loves the school and the support he receives from his teacher, the staff and other students there. It is a wonderful program. At DSIS, he has the right to attend specific courses and participate in extra-curricular activities at DHS (or in Zach’s case Junior High) according to his academic needs and interests. I hope Mr. Fisher gives DSIS another look, if only as a temporary solution to Zack continuing his education.

  21. Doug Paul Davis

    I think Mr. Fischer’s anger is more that his decision is being forced by circumstances such as these than anger at the program itself, which you may be right–he may like better. Nevertheless good to know that that may be a decent option for him.

  22. Doug Paul Davis

    I think Mr. Fischer’s anger is more that his decision is being forced by circumstances such as these than anger at the program itself, which you may be right–he may like better. Nevertheless good to know that that may be a decent option for him.

  23. Doug Paul Davis

    I think Mr. Fischer’s anger is more that his decision is being forced by circumstances such as these than anger at the program itself, which you may be right–he may like better. Nevertheless good to know that that may be a decent option for him.

  24. Doug Paul Davis

    I think Mr. Fischer’s anger is more that his decision is being forced by circumstances such as these than anger at the program itself, which you may be right–he may like better. Nevertheless good to know that that may be a decent option for him.

  25. Anonymous

    For the record I have direct information regarding everything, so no guess work here. Mr. Fischer is angry like any other “normal” parent would be because his son has had to endure such hatefulness and intolerant behavior from his co-students, and all the mean while the staff have literally waved their arms in motion making it appear as if they have done something “grand” but in reality they have done nothing.

    Regarding the egging and the police department, initially it was listed as a hate crime and the Sgt. that did the investigation was verbally repromanded for labeling it as such. Because the 3 students that did the egging on the home and new vehicle where not listed on the initial list that his son provided to the school district is has been deemed unrelated, which is a joke, especially since all 3 involved students attend Harper, moreover stated they dont like him, and the initial list created by the son was created on the fly and was also noted that it was not a complete list. The DPD has a history of not wanting to list items as hate crimes which is a problem in its own right.

    Independent Study: I know the son of Mr. Fischer, he is bright, intellegent and has a wonderful sense of humor. It is my understanding this child has wanted to be an attorney for many years now, an attorney that will allow children to have a voice. This came about due to his mother and the divorce and how the courts would not listen to him for years and was told “your just a kid, and they dont know what they are feeling or thinking”. Mr. Fischers son would like to attend a quality 4 year university, and then move onto a prestigues law school. With University admitions getting tougher and tougher, I know for a fact that they look upon people that have been in Independent Study as being of a problem, thus making it increadibly hard to get admitted. What would this do to Mr. Fischers sons chances? morewith why should he have to run away and hide? Removing the victim, does not cure the injury or fix the over all problem that our educators have allowed and tolerated.

    I commend Mr. Fischer and his son for having the courage to stand up and take the bull by the horns. ITS ABOUT TIME SOMEONE DID!!

  26. Anonymous

    For the record I have direct information regarding everything, so no guess work here. Mr. Fischer is angry like any other “normal” parent would be because his son has had to endure such hatefulness and intolerant behavior from his co-students, and all the mean while the staff have literally waved their arms in motion making it appear as if they have done something “grand” but in reality they have done nothing.

    Regarding the egging and the police department, initially it was listed as a hate crime and the Sgt. that did the investigation was verbally repromanded for labeling it as such. Because the 3 students that did the egging on the home and new vehicle where not listed on the initial list that his son provided to the school district is has been deemed unrelated, which is a joke, especially since all 3 involved students attend Harper, moreover stated they dont like him, and the initial list created by the son was created on the fly and was also noted that it was not a complete list. The DPD has a history of not wanting to list items as hate crimes which is a problem in its own right.

    Independent Study: I know the son of Mr. Fischer, he is bright, intellegent and has a wonderful sense of humor. It is my understanding this child has wanted to be an attorney for many years now, an attorney that will allow children to have a voice. This came about due to his mother and the divorce and how the courts would not listen to him for years and was told “your just a kid, and they dont know what they are feeling or thinking”. Mr. Fischers son would like to attend a quality 4 year university, and then move onto a prestigues law school. With University admitions getting tougher and tougher, I know for a fact that they look upon people that have been in Independent Study as being of a problem, thus making it increadibly hard to get admitted. What would this do to Mr. Fischers sons chances? morewith why should he have to run away and hide? Removing the victim, does not cure the injury or fix the over all problem that our educators have allowed and tolerated.

    I commend Mr. Fischer and his son for having the courage to stand up and take the bull by the horns. ITS ABOUT TIME SOMEONE DID!!

  27. Anonymous

    For the record I have direct information regarding everything, so no guess work here. Mr. Fischer is angry like any other “normal” parent would be because his son has had to endure such hatefulness and intolerant behavior from his co-students, and all the mean while the staff have literally waved their arms in motion making it appear as if they have done something “grand” but in reality they have done nothing.

    Regarding the egging and the police department, initially it was listed as a hate crime and the Sgt. that did the investigation was verbally repromanded for labeling it as such. Because the 3 students that did the egging on the home and new vehicle where not listed on the initial list that his son provided to the school district is has been deemed unrelated, which is a joke, especially since all 3 involved students attend Harper, moreover stated they dont like him, and the initial list created by the son was created on the fly and was also noted that it was not a complete list. The DPD has a history of not wanting to list items as hate crimes which is a problem in its own right.

    Independent Study: I know the son of Mr. Fischer, he is bright, intellegent and has a wonderful sense of humor. It is my understanding this child has wanted to be an attorney for many years now, an attorney that will allow children to have a voice. This came about due to his mother and the divorce and how the courts would not listen to him for years and was told “your just a kid, and they dont know what they are feeling or thinking”. Mr. Fischers son would like to attend a quality 4 year university, and then move onto a prestigues law school. With University admitions getting tougher and tougher, I know for a fact that they look upon people that have been in Independent Study as being of a problem, thus making it increadibly hard to get admitted. What would this do to Mr. Fischers sons chances? morewith why should he have to run away and hide? Removing the victim, does not cure the injury or fix the over all problem that our educators have allowed and tolerated.

    I commend Mr. Fischer and his son for having the courage to stand up and take the bull by the horns. ITS ABOUT TIME SOMEONE DID!!

  28. Anonymous

    For the record I have direct information regarding everything, so no guess work here. Mr. Fischer is angry like any other “normal” parent would be because his son has had to endure such hatefulness and intolerant behavior from his co-students, and all the mean while the staff have literally waved their arms in motion making it appear as if they have done something “grand” but in reality they have done nothing.

    Regarding the egging and the police department, initially it was listed as a hate crime and the Sgt. that did the investigation was verbally repromanded for labeling it as such. Because the 3 students that did the egging on the home and new vehicle where not listed on the initial list that his son provided to the school district is has been deemed unrelated, which is a joke, especially since all 3 involved students attend Harper, moreover stated they dont like him, and the initial list created by the son was created on the fly and was also noted that it was not a complete list. The DPD has a history of not wanting to list items as hate crimes which is a problem in its own right.

    Independent Study: I know the son of Mr. Fischer, he is bright, intellegent and has a wonderful sense of humor. It is my understanding this child has wanted to be an attorney for many years now, an attorney that will allow children to have a voice. This came about due to his mother and the divorce and how the courts would not listen to him for years and was told “your just a kid, and they dont know what they are feeling or thinking”. Mr. Fischers son would like to attend a quality 4 year university, and then move onto a prestigues law school. With University admitions getting tougher and tougher, I know for a fact that they look upon people that have been in Independent Study as being of a problem, thus making it increadibly hard to get admitted. What would this do to Mr. Fischers sons chances? morewith why should he have to run away and hide? Removing the victim, does not cure the injury or fix the over all problem that our educators have allowed and tolerated.

    I commend Mr. Fischer and his son for having the courage to stand up and take the bull by the horns. ITS ABOUT TIME SOMEONE DID!!

  29. Anonymous

    I have personal knowledge of this situation. Because Zach is a minor, the police and the school can not give out information. But there is clearly another side to this story. While Zach may be smart and sensitive and all the other things that were said about him, he was not well liked at Harper. The reason the kids dislike Zach is that he was physically agressive toward other students from the day he entered the school. He is a large boy, and he frequently punched smaller children. So it is not at all clear here that Zach was on the victim side of any bullying that occurred. The reason the police determined that the egging/TPing was not a hate crime is that it was motivated by frustration with Zach’s bullying behavior, not because of any sexual orientation on the part of Zach or his family.

  30. Anonymous

    I have personal knowledge of this situation. Because Zach is a minor, the police and the school can not give out information. But there is clearly another side to this story. While Zach may be smart and sensitive and all the other things that were said about him, he was not well liked at Harper. The reason the kids dislike Zach is that he was physically agressive toward other students from the day he entered the school. He is a large boy, and he frequently punched smaller children. So it is not at all clear here that Zach was on the victim side of any bullying that occurred. The reason the police determined that the egging/TPing was not a hate crime is that it was motivated by frustration with Zach’s bullying behavior, not because of any sexual orientation on the part of Zach or his family.

  31. Anonymous

    I have personal knowledge of this situation. Because Zach is a minor, the police and the school can not give out information. But there is clearly another side to this story. While Zach may be smart and sensitive and all the other things that were said about him, he was not well liked at Harper. The reason the kids dislike Zach is that he was physically agressive toward other students from the day he entered the school. He is a large boy, and he frequently punched smaller children. So it is not at all clear here that Zach was on the victim side of any bullying that occurred. The reason the police determined that the egging/TPing was not a hate crime is that it was motivated by frustration with Zach’s bullying behavior, not because of any sexual orientation on the part of Zach or his family.

  32. Anonymous

    I have personal knowledge of this situation. Because Zach is a minor, the police and the school can not give out information. But there is clearly another side to this story. While Zach may be smart and sensitive and all the other things that were said about him, he was not well liked at Harper. The reason the kids dislike Zach is that he was physically agressive toward other students from the day he entered the school. He is a large boy, and he frequently punched smaller children. So it is not at all clear here that Zach was on the victim side of any bullying that occurred. The reason the police determined that the egging/TPing was not a hate crime is that it was motivated by frustration with Zach’s bullying behavior, not because of any sexual orientation on the part of Zach or his family.

  33. G Fischer

    Dear Anonymous,

    I am uncertain as to where you have “gained your knowledge” from but I can certainly assure you that he was not hitting or bullying anyone in school. If so he would have been suspended for these actions which he was NOT!!! and did NOT do as you claim.

    I find it most annoying that people think they have so much information and facts, but most likely what they have is rumor mill, which is not worth the breath that it was stated with.

    It is unfortunate that a few state information that is not factual, and certainly inappropriate and not accurate at all.

    The bottom line is what has taken place has taken place and the harassment is factual and has been confirmed.

    Regarding the DPD not listing it as a hate crime is miss stated as well. Originally it was listed as a hate crime and the reporting Sgt. was verbally reprimanded for doing so. It has been a long history that the DPD does not like listing events as hate crimes even when they are. Further more the official statement from DPD to me from the Chief of Police is that it was taken off of a hate crime was because the 3 students that did the dirty deed where not on Zachary’s original list of 14 students, but that is not a fair way to analyze the situation either as I asked him on a Sunday night before bed to write out a list of students that had been taunting him. He produced the list in a matter of minutes and without question I am certain that every T and I where not dotted.

    It would be appreciated if people would stick to the facts and stop going on hear say.

    Sincerely
    Guy Fischer

  34. G Fischer

    Dear Anonymous,

    I am uncertain as to where you have “gained your knowledge” from but I can certainly assure you that he was not hitting or bullying anyone in school. If so he would have been suspended for these actions which he was NOT!!! and did NOT do as you claim.

    I find it most annoying that people think they have so much information and facts, but most likely what they have is rumor mill, which is not worth the breath that it was stated with.

    It is unfortunate that a few state information that is not factual, and certainly inappropriate and not accurate at all.

    The bottom line is what has taken place has taken place and the harassment is factual and has been confirmed.

    Regarding the DPD not listing it as a hate crime is miss stated as well. Originally it was listed as a hate crime and the reporting Sgt. was verbally reprimanded for doing so. It has been a long history that the DPD does not like listing events as hate crimes even when they are. Further more the official statement from DPD to me from the Chief of Police is that it was taken off of a hate crime was because the 3 students that did the dirty deed where not on Zachary’s original list of 14 students, but that is not a fair way to analyze the situation either as I asked him on a Sunday night before bed to write out a list of students that had been taunting him. He produced the list in a matter of minutes and without question I am certain that every T and I where not dotted.

    It would be appreciated if people would stick to the facts and stop going on hear say.

    Sincerely
    Guy Fischer

  35. G Fischer

    Dear Anonymous,

    I am uncertain as to where you have “gained your knowledge” from but I can certainly assure you that he was not hitting or bullying anyone in school. If so he would have been suspended for these actions which he was NOT!!! and did NOT do as you claim.

    I find it most annoying that people think they have so much information and facts, but most likely what they have is rumor mill, which is not worth the breath that it was stated with.

    It is unfortunate that a few state information that is not factual, and certainly inappropriate and not accurate at all.

    The bottom line is what has taken place has taken place and the harassment is factual and has been confirmed.

    Regarding the DPD not listing it as a hate crime is miss stated as well. Originally it was listed as a hate crime and the reporting Sgt. was verbally reprimanded for doing so. It has been a long history that the DPD does not like listing events as hate crimes even when they are. Further more the official statement from DPD to me from the Chief of Police is that it was taken off of a hate crime was because the 3 students that did the dirty deed where not on Zachary’s original list of 14 students, but that is not a fair way to analyze the situation either as I asked him on a Sunday night before bed to write out a list of students that had been taunting him. He produced the list in a matter of minutes and without question I am certain that every T and I where not dotted.

    It would be appreciated if people would stick to the facts and stop going on hear say.

    Sincerely
    Guy Fischer

  36. G Fischer

    Dear Anonymous,

    I am uncertain as to where you have “gained your knowledge” from but I can certainly assure you that he was not hitting or bullying anyone in school. If so he would have been suspended for these actions which he was NOT!!! and did NOT do as you claim.

    I find it most annoying that people think they have so much information and facts, but most likely what they have is rumor mill, which is not worth the breath that it was stated with.

    It is unfortunate that a few state information that is not factual, and certainly inappropriate and not accurate at all.

    The bottom line is what has taken place has taken place and the harassment is factual and has been confirmed.

    Regarding the DPD not listing it as a hate crime is miss stated as well. Originally it was listed as a hate crime and the reporting Sgt. was verbally reprimanded for doing so. It has been a long history that the DPD does not like listing events as hate crimes even when they are. Further more the official statement from DPD to me from the Chief of Police is that it was taken off of a hate crime was because the 3 students that did the dirty deed where not on Zachary’s original list of 14 students, but that is not a fair way to analyze the situation either as I asked him on a Sunday night before bed to write out a list of students that had been taunting him. He produced the list in a matter of minutes and without question I am certain that every T and I where not dotted.

    It would be appreciated if people would stick to the facts and stop going on hear say.

    Sincerely
    Guy Fischer

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