HRC Gets an Earful on Race Relations at the High School

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For the first time since the Davis Human Relations Commission was disbanded and then reconstituted, the HRC listened to members of the public talking about their concerns about race relations at Davis High School. While the topic started out focusing on the Black Student Union (BSU) suspension, it broadened into more general complaints about racial issues at the high school and in the broader community.

The unfortunate aspect of this meeting however, was the lack of presence by the school district, which is the authority with jurisdiction over the matter. The HRC meeting coincided with a special board meeting across the street. That meeting prevented Climate Coordinator Mel Lewis from attending the HRC meeting, despite the pertinence of the issue and despite his position as liaison and ex-officio member of the body. (Update at 8:20 am 4/27/07: It was reported last night that Lewis could not attend due to the school board meeting, but we have gotten word that the meeting only dealt with the issue of the Superintendent hire and Lewis was neither at that meeting nor is he involved in that issue).

Instead, Mel Lewis and Kevin French submitted to the HRC a two-page statement that purported to summarize the events that led to the suspension of the BSU. The complaints included a number of parent who attended the BSU meeting on March 1, 2007 who did not check-in or out of campus per the requirements. Moreover he charged that “negative race-based comments were directed at the principal and coordinator of school climate activities…”

A number of attendees at the HRC meeting had been in attendance at the BSU meeting. They took issue with the statement released by Mel Lewis–calling it one-sided and distorted. They claimed on the contrary, that there were never any race-based comments. Moreover, the statement claimed “the principal suspended BSU club meetings until parties offered apologies and held reconciliatory meetings. To date, no apologies or meetings have taken place.” On the contrary, members present at the meetings disputed these facts suggesting that there was never a request for such apologies or meetings as a precondition for reinstatement of the BSU. Moreover, even if true, why are they punishing the students for the actions of the parents?

While it is difficult to ascertain exactly what happened involving the BSU and a number of parents have suggested that media accounts in the Davis Enterprise and Sacramento Bee were distorted and inaccurate, some of the commissioners perhaps got too bogged down in the specific facts of this specific issue. One of the members, suggested specifically that they did not have the facts of this case and therefore it would be difficult to take any action.

To a large extent this was true, however, the point was also made that this specific incident is part of a larger problem and that the issue of race and race relations needs to be considered as a whole rather than through one specific issue. Police Ombudsman Bob Aaronson who was attending the meeting, made the point that if there is a burning building, you cannot create a subcommittee to figure out what the facts are, if you do, it will simply burn to the ground long before you get the hose there. In these cases, sometimes you must act not on the specifics of the case, but rather on the overall picture.

Interim Superintendent Richard Whitmore also sent the HRC a letter outlining the steps that the district has been taking–mostly in the form of new programs.

“We are taking steps to evaluate those existing programs and determine when and how to improve them… We will explore additional opportunities to develop and articulate a curriculum that addresses diversity, but I would caution that curriculum does not change overnight, nor does it change without appropriate training and a cycle of evaluation and improvement.”

While I can respect the Interim Superintendent’s difficult position, I have a number of concerns that I do not think are addressed by curriculum changes. First, I am very concerned that the district and the HRC could not coordinate on this meeting. Frankly, Mel Lewis, Ginni Davis, and Richard Whitmore needed to hear what was said at this meeting. I do not understand why there could not have been some kind of cooperative effort here, but that is what needs to happen in the field.

Second, Mel Lewis is the climate coordinator however many of the parents and students believe that he is part of the problem (along with Ginni Davis). I have not witnessed this personally, but many believe the entire situation was mishandled. Mel Lewis purportedly was going to assume the role of adviser when the previous adviser, Courtnay Tessler, stepped down, however the students wanted no part of that.

Third, the primary problems I see are not curriculum based. I have very serious concerns about the high school administration. While it seemed that the school board and superintendent did a good job with the suspension of the student involved in the Malcolm X incident, that situation has still not been resolved. Apparently the teacher has refused to return to class while the student is present. That has left the students themselves without a qualified instructor right before their AP Calculus exam. Moreover, now the district is trying to get the student to transfer classes to the other calculus class, which would cause him to rearrange his entire schedule. They have not rescinded his suspension and that may lead to him getting a poor grade in a class where he missed an exam. In short, the high school administration completely mismanaged the situation there. That has nothing to do with curriculum.

Along the same lines, many parents and community members complained that the BSU situation was mishandled. Others complained that there are no African American teachers at the high school Courtney Tessler, a white woman, had reportedly not wanted to be the adviser again, but the BSU Students came to her and told her that no one else wanted them. This sounds like a horrible message sent to the students, and something that the administration at the high school could have handled much better.

Furthermore there are four years worth of survey data of high school students that show that the perception of the high school students–even those who are white or Asian–believe that black and Latino students are given harsher punishments for the same actions as their white and Asian student counterpart.

None of these problems it would seem can be resolved by new programs or curriculum changes, they all require tough choices by the upper management of the district and the school board. Unfortunately, it seems that according to some parents at least, Mel Lewis, the person who is supposed to be solution to these problems is instead part of the problem. One of his suggestions that apparently greatly angered many in the minority community when he suggested that they take the “B” out of BSU.

Then there is the issue of the Human Relations Commission itself. Leaving aside the handling by the council of the police issue last year, what was clear watching this meeting is that the people who were on the HRC were those in the room with the least experience and knowledge about these issues. On the one hand it was good that they got to hear these stories from long-time activists and community members. On the other hand, most of the members probably had no idea that this type of thing had been happening and for how long. What the community lost when the HRC was disbanded, was a tremendous amount of collective and institutional memory.

A number of long-time and esteemed community members at this meeting provided invaluable background and insight on these issues. People like former HRC Chair Rick Gonzales who not only described a number of first-hand incidents but also described some of the things they did 20 years ago on the HRC to look into these kinds of issues. Gonzales also brought forward 35 years of educational history. Desmond Jolly, has been in this community for 35 years and spoke about some of the issues that his son faced. Dick Livingston taught at the high school for years, talked about people like former HRC member Bill Calhoun who was for a long time the only African-American teacher in the High School and now there are none at the high school.

What resonated most with me was Ombudsman Bob Aaronson’s warning that this is indeed not just a school issue, but a community issue. And that if these things did not get dealt with at this level, it would quickly filter down to the incidents that he does handle. Michelle Stephens, an HRC member had probably the most forceful advocacy of action, and she mentioned that she works with adult education and that these problems just carry right on to the people she works with.

In the end, the HRC was too limited in its power to do much. There will be a joint Council-School Board Meeting on May 23, and the HRC is going to draft a statement.

The old HRC could have played a much larger role in this matter. In 2003, the issue of bullying arose. That HRC held a community meeting where the Superintendent David Murphy himself got an earful from literally hundreds in the community including parents and students, many of them in tears, many of them angry on the bullying issue. This forced district action. Even as a mere educational body, the HRC could play this type of role. But instead they will make a mere statement and a recommendation.

My own personal issues aside with the HRC and my wife’s role, it was never more clear to me how much this community has lost by the changes to the HRC.

Right now this situation is starting to boil with a number members of the minority community increasingly concerned about the climate in the schools. The stories we heard last night were the tip of the iceberg. Unfortunately those with the actual power to enact changes were not there to hear them. The HRC was created in the aftermath of the murder of a Davis High School student. This is an issue that they have taken up in the past repeatedly. And now they have been strafed of their power and the community as a whole is worse off.

It was a very frustrating night but I left with a bit of a smile on my face as I know that at least for one night, the HRC members got to listen for just a few minutes to stories about the dark underbelly of the People’s Republic of Davis.

—Doug Paul Davis reporting

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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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112 thoughts on “HRC Gets an Earful on Race Relations at the High School”

  1. Anonymous

    It would seem that your opinion is that the City of Davis is really the home to a large group of Closed Minded, Bigoted, Racist, Elitist people. In the case of this subject (HRC) you personally fit the before mentioned descriptions. Your Wife doesn’t work there anymore, her friends don’t work there anymore, Get over it.

    This bog has been one of the best in discussing local issues, but on this one issue, you are part of the problem. If you can’t discuss it rationally and intelligently get some one who can

  2. Anonymous

    It would seem that your opinion is that the City of Davis is really the home to a large group of Closed Minded, Bigoted, Racist, Elitist people. In the case of this subject (HRC) you personally fit the before mentioned descriptions. Your Wife doesn’t work there anymore, her friends don’t work there anymore, Get over it.

    This bog has been one of the best in discussing local issues, but on this one issue, you are part of the problem. If you can’t discuss it rationally and intelligently get some one who can

  3. Anonymous

    It would seem that your opinion is that the City of Davis is really the home to a large group of Closed Minded, Bigoted, Racist, Elitist people. In the case of this subject (HRC) you personally fit the before mentioned descriptions. Your Wife doesn’t work there anymore, her friends don’t work there anymore, Get over it.

    This bog has been one of the best in discussing local issues, but on this one issue, you are part of the problem. If you can’t discuss it rationally and intelligently get some one who can

  4. Anonymous

    It would seem that your opinion is that the City of Davis is really the home to a large group of Closed Minded, Bigoted, Racist, Elitist people. In the case of this subject (HRC) you personally fit the before mentioned descriptions. Your Wife doesn’t work there anymore, her friends don’t work there anymore, Get over it.

    This bog has been one of the best in discussing local issues, but on this one issue, you are part of the problem. If you can’t discuss it rationally and intelligently get some one who can

  5. Rich Rifkin

    “This is an issue that they have taken up in the past repeatedly. And now they have been strafed of their power and the community as a whole is worse off.”

    Strafed of their power? Strafed?

  6. Rich Rifkin

    “This is an issue that they have taken up in the past repeatedly. And now they have been strafed of their power and the community as a whole is worse off.”

    Strafed of their power? Strafed?

  7. Rich Rifkin

    “This is an issue that they have taken up in the past repeatedly. And now they have been strafed of their power and the community as a whole is worse off.”

    Strafed of their power? Strafed?

  8. Rich Rifkin

    “This is an issue that they have taken up in the past repeatedly. And now they have been strafed of their power and the community as a whole is worse off.”

    Strafed of their power? Strafed?

  9. Anonymous

    You mean DPD cannot be unbiased just like Asmundson and Souza could not be unbiased about the DPOA that endorsed them and gave $$$. OH wait what about Debbie Davis who is friends with the Puntillos and could never have anything written that showed the ugly side of Ted?

    What you saw last night was a council member and staff puppeteers controlling THEIR HRC. No free thinking needed. They just do as they are told.

    Shame on your wife and you for revealing the DARK UNDERBELLY of Davis! HA…we live in Wonderland. The whiners don’t want to know the truth.

    Keep up the great work! It’s the only way to get the truth out about the actions of The Gang of 3″

  10. Anonymous

    You mean DPD cannot be unbiased just like Asmundson and Souza could not be unbiased about the DPOA that endorsed them and gave $$$. OH wait what about Debbie Davis who is friends with the Puntillos and could never have anything written that showed the ugly side of Ted?

    What you saw last night was a council member and staff puppeteers controlling THEIR HRC. No free thinking needed. They just do as they are told.

    Shame on your wife and you for revealing the DARK UNDERBELLY of Davis! HA…we live in Wonderland. The whiners don’t want to know the truth.

    Keep up the great work! It’s the only way to get the truth out about the actions of The Gang of 3″

  11. Anonymous

    You mean DPD cannot be unbiased just like Asmundson and Souza could not be unbiased about the DPOA that endorsed them and gave $$$. OH wait what about Debbie Davis who is friends with the Puntillos and could never have anything written that showed the ugly side of Ted?

    What you saw last night was a council member and staff puppeteers controlling THEIR HRC. No free thinking needed. They just do as they are told.

    Shame on your wife and you for revealing the DARK UNDERBELLY of Davis! HA…we live in Wonderland. The whiners don’t want to know the truth.

    Keep up the great work! It’s the only way to get the truth out about the actions of The Gang of 3″

  12. Anonymous

    You mean DPD cannot be unbiased just like Asmundson and Souza could not be unbiased about the DPOA that endorsed them and gave $$$. OH wait what about Debbie Davis who is friends with the Puntillos and could never have anything written that showed the ugly side of Ted?

    What you saw last night was a council member and staff puppeteers controlling THEIR HRC. No free thinking needed. They just do as they are told.

    Shame on your wife and you for revealing the DARK UNDERBELLY of Davis! HA…we live in Wonderland. The whiners don’t want to know the truth.

    Keep up the great work! It’s the only way to get the truth out about the actions of The Gang of 3″

  13. Anonymous

    Stripped. I think he meant stripped. That is the thing that David Greenwald can’t get over and so he created this blog to keep venting about it instead of doing something productive and positive.

  14. Anonymous

    Stripped. I think he meant stripped. That is the thing that David Greenwald can’t get over and so he created this blog to keep venting about it instead of doing something productive and positive.

  15. Anonymous

    Stripped. I think he meant stripped. That is the thing that David Greenwald can’t get over and so he created this blog to keep venting about it instead of doing something productive and positive.

  16. Anonymous

    Stripped. I think he meant stripped. That is the thing that David Greenwald can’t get over and so he created this blog to keep venting about it instead of doing something productive and positive.

  17. sharla

    There is a true situation here. However, it is difficult to find out the truth of it because there is not one office or commission that would look into this that all have to answer to. The HRC has made it clear that it cannot or will not serve that role for the community. I suggest that we just disband it altogether. The City can perform event planning for MLKJr, Cezar Chavez, etc. without a commission. I think that Doug is doing a good job in trying to bring light to the problem.

  18. sharla

    There is a true situation here. However, it is difficult to find out the truth of it because there is not one office or commission that would look into this that all have to answer to. The HRC has made it clear that it cannot or will not serve that role for the community. I suggest that we just disband it altogether. The City can perform event planning for MLKJr, Cezar Chavez, etc. without a commission. I think that Doug is doing a good job in trying to bring light to the problem.

  19. sharla

    There is a true situation here. However, it is difficult to find out the truth of it because there is not one office or commission that would look into this that all have to answer to. The HRC has made it clear that it cannot or will not serve that role for the community. I suggest that we just disband it altogether. The City can perform event planning for MLKJr, Cezar Chavez, etc. without a commission. I think that Doug is doing a good job in trying to bring light to the problem.

  20. sharla

    There is a true situation here. However, it is difficult to find out the truth of it because there is not one office or commission that would look into this that all have to answer to. The HRC has made it clear that it cannot or will not serve that role for the community. I suggest that we just disband it altogether. The City can perform event planning for MLKJr, Cezar Chavez, etc. without a commission. I think that Doug is doing a good job in trying to bring light to the problem.

  21. Doug Paul Davis

    I don’t mind criticism, but I prefer some substance on them. I raised a number of issues–which ones do you folks disagree with and why. Then I can argue my viewpoint and you can argue yours.

    I’d be curious to hear from one of the anonymous posters exactly how I am part of the problem and in what way my discourse on it was not rational or intelligent.

  22. Anonymous

    Stop trying to “Swift Boat” Cecilia. If council had listened to the HRC on these matters it would have saved hundreds of thousands of dollars on law suits. Gang of Three are running our city into the ground.

  23. Doug Paul Davis

    I don’t mind criticism, but I prefer some substance on them. I raised a number of issues–which ones do you folks disagree with and why. Then I can argue my viewpoint and you can argue yours.

    I’d be curious to hear from one of the anonymous posters exactly how I am part of the problem and in what way my discourse on it was not rational or intelligent.

  24. Anonymous

    Stop trying to “Swift Boat” Cecilia. If council had listened to the HRC on these matters it would have saved hundreds of thousands of dollars on law suits. Gang of Three are running our city into the ground.

  25. Doug Paul Davis

    I don’t mind criticism, but I prefer some substance on them. I raised a number of issues–which ones do you folks disagree with and why. Then I can argue my viewpoint and you can argue yours.

    I’d be curious to hear from one of the anonymous posters exactly how I am part of the problem and in what way my discourse on it was not rational or intelligent.

  26. Anonymous

    Stop trying to “Swift Boat” Cecilia. If council had listened to the HRC on these matters it would have saved hundreds of thousands of dollars on law suits. Gang of Three are running our city into the ground.

  27. Doug Paul Davis

    I don’t mind criticism, but I prefer some substance on them. I raised a number of issues–which ones do you folks disagree with and why. Then I can argue my viewpoint and you can argue yours.

    I’d be curious to hear from one of the anonymous posters exactly how I am part of the problem and in what way my discourse on it was not rational or intelligent.

  28. Anonymous

    Stop trying to “Swift Boat” Cecilia. If council had listened to the HRC on these matters it would have saved hundreds of thousands of dollars on law suits. Gang of Three are running our city into the ground.

  29. Rich Rifkin

    “If council had listened to the HRC on these matters it would have saved hundreds of thousands of dollars on law suits.”

    Assuming you are referring to the Buzayan situation, what could the city council have done to have “saved hundreds of thousands of dollars” on that lawsuit? (I would guess, BTW, that the city has insurance for such suits.)

  30. Rich Rifkin

    “If council had listened to the HRC on these matters it would have saved hundreds of thousands of dollars on law suits.”

    Assuming you are referring to the Buzayan situation, what could the city council have done to have “saved hundreds of thousands of dollars” on that lawsuit? (I would guess, BTW, that the city has insurance for such suits.)

  31. Rich Rifkin

    “If council had listened to the HRC on these matters it would have saved hundreds of thousands of dollars on law suits.”

    Assuming you are referring to the Buzayan situation, what could the city council have done to have “saved hundreds of thousands of dollars” on that lawsuit? (I would guess, BTW, that the city has insurance for such suits.)

  32. Rich Rifkin

    “If council had listened to the HRC on these matters it would have saved hundreds of thousands of dollars on law suits.”

    Assuming you are referring to the Buzayan situation, what could the city council have done to have “saved hundreds of thousands of dollars” on that lawsuit? (I would guess, BTW, that the city has insurance for such suits.)

  33. Doug Paul Davis

    Rich: The first place that Buzayan went after the incident was to the council, the second place was to the police department to file a complaint, it was only after both of those avenues did not yield satisfactory results that Buzayan went to the HRC and then to attorneys and a law suit.

  34. Doug Paul Davis

    Rich: The first place that Buzayan went after the incident was to the council, the second place was to the police department to file a complaint, it was only after both of those avenues did not yield satisfactory results that Buzayan went to the HRC and then to attorneys and a law suit.

  35. Doug Paul Davis

    Rich: The first place that Buzayan went after the incident was to the council, the second place was to the police department to file a complaint, it was only after both of those avenues did not yield satisfactory results that Buzayan went to the HRC and then to attorneys and a law suit.

  36. Doug Paul Davis

    Rich: The first place that Buzayan went after the incident was to the council, the second place was to the police department to file a complaint, it was only after both of those avenues did not yield satisfactory results that Buzayan went to the HRC and then to attorneys and a law suit.

  37. Rich Rifkin

    David:

    Understood. But what was the city council supposed to do, even if they had agreed that the Buzayans were mistreated? Plead with the DA to drop the charges? Fire the police officers involved?

    Beyond the fact that the city council could not order the charges dropped or fire the cops involved (without a much, much bigger lawsuit), the city council did not then, and still does not today, agree with the notion that the cops were in the wrong in this case. So knowing that, it’s unclear to me what they could have done as a body to eschew this lawsuit.

  38. Rich Rifkin

    David:

    Understood. But what was the city council supposed to do, even if they had agreed that the Buzayans were mistreated? Plead with the DA to drop the charges? Fire the police officers involved?

    Beyond the fact that the city council could not order the charges dropped or fire the cops involved (without a much, much bigger lawsuit), the city council did not then, and still does not today, agree with the notion that the cops were in the wrong in this case. So knowing that, it’s unclear to me what they could have done as a body to eschew this lawsuit.

  39. Rich Rifkin

    David:

    Understood. But what was the city council supposed to do, even if they had agreed that the Buzayans were mistreated? Plead with the DA to drop the charges? Fire the police officers involved?

    Beyond the fact that the city council could not order the charges dropped or fire the cops involved (without a much, much bigger lawsuit), the city council did not then, and still does not today, agree with the notion that the cops were in the wrong in this case. So knowing that, it’s unclear to me what they could have done as a body to eschew this lawsuit.

  40. Rich Rifkin

    David:

    Understood. But what was the city council supposed to do, even if they had agreed that the Buzayans were mistreated? Plead with the DA to drop the charges? Fire the police officers involved?

    Beyond the fact that the city council could not order the charges dropped or fire the cops involved (without a much, much bigger lawsuit), the city council did not then, and still does not today, agree with the notion that the cops were in the wrong in this case. So knowing that, it’s unclear to me what they could have done as a body to eschew this lawsuit.

  41. Anonymous

    The Council could have requested (demanded) that the Police Chief deal the situation. They can do that, you know. Instead they chose not to do that and it went on and on and on.

  42. Anonymous

    The Council could have requested (demanded) that the Police Chief deal the situation. They can do that, you know. Instead they chose not to do that and it went on and on and on.

  43. Anonymous

    The Council could have requested (demanded) that the Police Chief deal the situation. They can do that, you know. Instead they chose not to do that and it went on and on and on.

  44. Anonymous

    The Council could have requested (demanded) that the Police Chief deal the situation. They can do that, you know. Instead they chose not to do that and it went on and on and on.

  45. Rich Rifkin

    “The Council could have requested (demanded) that the Police Chief deal the situation.”

    What does that mean? Are you saying that the city council should have told the then-police chief to find that his officers did something wrong in this case, when that was not his opinion (or the opinion of the council)?

  46. Rich Rifkin

    “The Council could have requested (demanded) that the Police Chief deal the situation.”

    What does that mean? Are you saying that the city council should have told the then-police chief to find that his officers did something wrong in this case, when that was not his opinion (or the opinion of the council)?

  47. Rich Rifkin

    “The Council could have requested (demanded) that the Police Chief deal the situation.”

    What does that mean? Are you saying that the city council should have told the then-police chief to find that his officers did something wrong in this case, when that was not his opinion (or the opinion of the council)?

  48. Rich Rifkin

    “The Council could have requested (demanded) that the Police Chief deal the situation.”

    What does that mean? Are you saying that the city council should have told the then-police chief to find that his officers did something wrong in this case, when that was not his opinion (or the opinion of the council)?

  49. Anonymous

    Lets see, 21 paragraphs to this story.

    The First 14

    An incident occurred at Davis High School concerning the BSU. Someone convinced the Current HRC to convene a meeting. The School and District didn’t drop everything to attend the meeting and throw themselves on their sword, because the old HRC would never have stood for that type of behavior. The Nerve of the School and district thinking they are in charge. Those people on the current HRC are spineless wimps because they failed to understand that they don’t need information to convict someone.

    The last 7

    There are a lot of other people in this community with more knowledge and experience who would have voted to execute with or without the needed information and knowledge and the old HRC committee would have taken out a contract hit to take out the terrible school personnel that don’t do exactly what we tell them, when we tell them.

    Did I really miss anything here?.Most of your previous stories have been well thought out and reasoned. Maybe the issue with dumping the old HRC was handled badly, but you just walked in and poured gas on a fire. There is no excuse for anybody to do that, even if they are well intentioned

  50. Anonymous

    Lets see, 21 paragraphs to this story.

    The First 14

    An incident occurred at Davis High School concerning the BSU. Someone convinced the Current HRC to convene a meeting. The School and District didn’t drop everything to attend the meeting and throw themselves on their sword, because the old HRC would never have stood for that type of behavior. The Nerve of the School and district thinking they are in charge. Those people on the current HRC are spineless wimps because they failed to understand that they don’t need information to convict someone.

    The last 7

    There are a lot of other people in this community with more knowledge and experience who would have voted to execute with or without the needed information and knowledge and the old HRC committee would have taken out a contract hit to take out the terrible school personnel that don’t do exactly what we tell them, when we tell them.

    Did I really miss anything here?.Most of your previous stories have been well thought out and reasoned. Maybe the issue with dumping the old HRC was handled badly, but you just walked in and poured gas on a fire. There is no excuse for anybody to do that, even if they are well intentioned

  51. Anonymous

    Lets see, 21 paragraphs to this story.

    The First 14

    An incident occurred at Davis High School concerning the BSU. Someone convinced the Current HRC to convene a meeting. The School and District didn’t drop everything to attend the meeting and throw themselves on their sword, because the old HRC would never have stood for that type of behavior. The Nerve of the School and district thinking they are in charge. Those people on the current HRC are spineless wimps because they failed to understand that they don’t need information to convict someone.

    The last 7

    There are a lot of other people in this community with more knowledge and experience who would have voted to execute with or without the needed information and knowledge and the old HRC committee would have taken out a contract hit to take out the terrible school personnel that don’t do exactly what we tell them, when we tell them.

    Did I really miss anything here?.Most of your previous stories have been well thought out and reasoned. Maybe the issue with dumping the old HRC was handled badly, but you just walked in and poured gas on a fire. There is no excuse for anybody to do that, even if they are well intentioned

  52. Anonymous

    Lets see, 21 paragraphs to this story.

    The First 14

    An incident occurred at Davis High School concerning the BSU. Someone convinced the Current HRC to convene a meeting. The School and District didn’t drop everything to attend the meeting and throw themselves on their sword, because the old HRC would never have stood for that type of behavior. The Nerve of the School and district thinking they are in charge. Those people on the current HRC are spineless wimps because they failed to understand that they don’t need information to convict someone.

    The last 7

    There are a lot of other people in this community with more knowledge and experience who would have voted to execute with or without the needed information and knowledge and the old HRC committee would have taken out a contract hit to take out the terrible school personnel that don’t do exactly what we tell them, when we tell them.

    Did I really miss anything here?.Most of your previous stories have been well thought out and reasoned. Maybe the issue with dumping the old HRC was handled badly, but you just walked in and poured gas on a fire. There is no excuse for anybody to do that, even if they are well intentioned

  53. ACLU Supporter

    “An incident occurred at Davis High School concerning the BSU. Someone convinced the Current HRC to convene a meeting. The School and District didn’t drop everything to attend the meeting and throw themselves on their sword, because the old HRC would never have stood for that type of behavior. The Nerve of the School and district thinking they are in charge. Those people on the current HRC are spineless wimps because they failed to understand that they don’t need information to convict someone.”

    I don’t see that argument anywhere.

    Here’s what I see:

    “The unfortunate aspect of this meeting however, was the lack of presence by the school district, which is the authority with jurisdiction over the matter.”

    In fact, we later find out that Mr. Lewis may have been less than truthful about his whereabouts.

    Should the district have been to this meeting?

    I think that’s a fair criticism given Mr. Lewis status as ex-officio member on the board.

    Moreover, should Mr. Lewis be criticized for a less than impartial analysis?

    “Those people on the current HRC are spineless wimps because they failed to understand that they don’t need information to convict someone.”

    I don’t see that argument at all.

    “Most of your previous stories have been well thought out and reasoned.”

    I don’t see your post as being particularly well-reasoned. In fact, I don’t see it as being very accurate. I was not at the meeting but I got a good description of it from someone who is not Mr. Greenwald and Mr. Greenwald’s criticisms were echoes by this individual. And btw, this individual who shall remain nameless at this point, is not someone you would ordinarily expect to be so pointed in their criticism.

    So it seems to me that a number of people who have posted have an axe to grind with Mr. Greenwald and probably more likely Mrs. Escamilla Greenwald. I don’t see anything in here that makes the story less important or needed than any of the other stories.

    “you just walked in and poured gas on a fire.”

    I don’t see that he did that, I see that he rightly criticized people in positions of power for contributing to this problem.

    But if he did pour gas on the fire, perhaps it is because it is a fire that needs to burn. Social change does not occur without a few bombshells and some upheavel. A brief perusal of history bears that out.

    I suspect what is more to the point is that you do not agree with Mr. Greenwald’s position on this. That’s of course your prerogative, but I would hope for a bit more than a very heavily sarcastic and hyperbolic post that misses out on some key points that Greenwald rightly makes.

  54. ACLU Supporter

    “An incident occurred at Davis High School concerning the BSU. Someone convinced the Current HRC to convene a meeting. The School and District didn’t drop everything to attend the meeting and throw themselves on their sword, because the old HRC would never have stood for that type of behavior. The Nerve of the School and district thinking they are in charge. Those people on the current HRC are spineless wimps because they failed to understand that they don’t need information to convict someone.”

    I don’t see that argument anywhere.

    Here’s what I see:

    “The unfortunate aspect of this meeting however, was the lack of presence by the school district, which is the authority with jurisdiction over the matter.”

    In fact, we later find out that Mr. Lewis may have been less than truthful about his whereabouts.

    Should the district have been to this meeting?

    I think that’s a fair criticism given Mr. Lewis status as ex-officio member on the board.

    Moreover, should Mr. Lewis be criticized for a less than impartial analysis?

    “Those people on the current HRC are spineless wimps because they failed to understand that they don’t need information to convict someone.”

    I don’t see that argument at all.

    “Most of your previous stories have been well thought out and reasoned.”

    I don’t see your post as being particularly well-reasoned. In fact, I don’t see it as being very accurate. I was not at the meeting but I got a good description of it from someone who is not Mr. Greenwald and Mr. Greenwald’s criticisms were echoes by this individual. And btw, this individual who shall remain nameless at this point, is not someone you would ordinarily expect to be so pointed in their criticism.

    So it seems to me that a number of people who have posted have an axe to grind with Mr. Greenwald and probably more likely Mrs. Escamilla Greenwald. I don’t see anything in here that makes the story less important or needed than any of the other stories.

    “you just walked in and poured gas on a fire.”

    I don’t see that he did that, I see that he rightly criticized people in positions of power for contributing to this problem.

    But if he did pour gas on the fire, perhaps it is because it is a fire that needs to burn. Social change does not occur without a few bombshells and some upheavel. A brief perusal of history bears that out.

    I suspect what is more to the point is that you do not agree with Mr. Greenwald’s position on this. That’s of course your prerogative, but I would hope for a bit more than a very heavily sarcastic and hyperbolic post that misses out on some key points that Greenwald rightly makes.

  55. ACLU Supporter

    “An incident occurred at Davis High School concerning the BSU. Someone convinced the Current HRC to convene a meeting. The School and District didn’t drop everything to attend the meeting and throw themselves on their sword, because the old HRC would never have stood for that type of behavior. The Nerve of the School and district thinking they are in charge. Those people on the current HRC are spineless wimps because they failed to understand that they don’t need information to convict someone.”

    I don’t see that argument anywhere.

    Here’s what I see:

    “The unfortunate aspect of this meeting however, was the lack of presence by the school district, which is the authority with jurisdiction over the matter.”

    In fact, we later find out that Mr. Lewis may have been less than truthful about his whereabouts.

    Should the district have been to this meeting?

    I think that’s a fair criticism given Mr. Lewis status as ex-officio member on the board.

    Moreover, should Mr. Lewis be criticized for a less than impartial analysis?

    “Those people on the current HRC are spineless wimps because they failed to understand that they don’t need information to convict someone.”

    I don’t see that argument at all.

    “Most of your previous stories have been well thought out and reasoned.”

    I don’t see your post as being particularly well-reasoned. In fact, I don’t see it as being very accurate. I was not at the meeting but I got a good description of it from someone who is not Mr. Greenwald and Mr. Greenwald’s criticisms were echoes by this individual. And btw, this individual who shall remain nameless at this point, is not someone you would ordinarily expect to be so pointed in their criticism.

    So it seems to me that a number of people who have posted have an axe to grind with Mr. Greenwald and probably more likely Mrs. Escamilla Greenwald. I don’t see anything in here that makes the story less important or needed than any of the other stories.

    “you just walked in and poured gas on a fire.”

    I don’t see that he did that, I see that he rightly criticized people in positions of power for contributing to this problem.

    But if he did pour gas on the fire, perhaps it is because it is a fire that needs to burn. Social change does not occur without a few bombshells and some upheavel. A brief perusal of history bears that out.

    I suspect what is more to the point is that you do not agree with Mr. Greenwald’s position on this. That’s of course your prerogative, but I would hope for a bit more than a very heavily sarcastic and hyperbolic post that misses out on some key points that Greenwald rightly makes.

  56. ACLU Supporter

    “An incident occurred at Davis High School concerning the BSU. Someone convinced the Current HRC to convene a meeting. The School and District didn’t drop everything to attend the meeting and throw themselves on their sword, because the old HRC would never have stood for that type of behavior. The Nerve of the School and district thinking they are in charge. Those people on the current HRC are spineless wimps because they failed to understand that they don’t need information to convict someone.”

    I don’t see that argument anywhere.

    Here’s what I see:

    “The unfortunate aspect of this meeting however, was the lack of presence by the school district, which is the authority with jurisdiction over the matter.”

    In fact, we later find out that Mr. Lewis may have been less than truthful about his whereabouts.

    Should the district have been to this meeting?

    I think that’s a fair criticism given Mr. Lewis status as ex-officio member on the board.

    Moreover, should Mr. Lewis be criticized for a less than impartial analysis?

    “Those people on the current HRC are spineless wimps because they failed to understand that they don’t need information to convict someone.”

    I don’t see that argument at all.

    “Most of your previous stories have been well thought out and reasoned.”

    I don’t see your post as being particularly well-reasoned. In fact, I don’t see it as being very accurate. I was not at the meeting but I got a good description of it from someone who is not Mr. Greenwald and Mr. Greenwald’s criticisms were echoes by this individual. And btw, this individual who shall remain nameless at this point, is not someone you would ordinarily expect to be so pointed in their criticism.

    So it seems to me that a number of people who have posted have an axe to grind with Mr. Greenwald and probably more likely Mrs. Escamilla Greenwald. I don’t see anything in here that makes the story less important or needed than any of the other stories.

    “you just walked in and poured gas on a fire.”

    I don’t see that he did that, I see that he rightly criticized people in positions of power for contributing to this problem.

    But if he did pour gas on the fire, perhaps it is because it is a fire that needs to burn. Social change does not occur without a few bombshells and some upheavel. A brief perusal of history bears that out.

    I suspect what is more to the point is that you do not agree with Mr. Greenwald’s position on this. That’s of course your prerogative, but I would hope for a bit more than a very heavily sarcastic and hyperbolic post that misses out on some key points that Greenwald rightly makes.

  57. Anonymous

    Who are the “parents” and “community members” that you are so willingly speaking for, but allowing to remain anonymous, despite their reportedly damning criticism of the school district? Is seems if you quote statements like “Mel Lewis is the climate coordinator however many of the parents and students believe that he is part of the problem (along with Ginni Davis).”, that the names of the people making those accusations should also be cited. Did you interview Mr. Lewis or Ms. Davis? Moreover, you refer to the people complaining as “parents”, but the other media accounts have suggested otherwise. You need to be more balanced in reporting issues like this. From what I’ve read, especially in the Sacramento Bee, the unnamed people who were complaining to the HRC last night have not behaved that well themselves, either. Maybe everyone needs to examine their own biases, racist actions, divisiveness, and then move forward toward common interest.

  58. Anonymous

    Who are the “parents” and “community members” that you are so willingly speaking for, but allowing to remain anonymous, despite their reportedly damning criticism of the school district? Is seems if you quote statements like “Mel Lewis is the climate coordinator however many of the parents and students believe that he is part of the problem (along with Ginni Davis).”, that the names of the people making those accusations should also be cited. Did you interview Mr. Lewis or Ms. Davis? Moreover, you refer to the people complaining as “parents”, but the other media accounts have suggested otherwise. You need to be more balanced in reporting issues like this. From what I’ve read, especially in the Sacramento Bee, the unnamed people who were complaining to the HRC last night have not behaved that well themselves, either. Maybe everyone needs to examine their own biases, racist actions, divisiveness, and then move forward toward common interest.

  59. Anonymous

    Who are the “parents” and “community members” that you are so willingly speaking for, but allowing to remain anonymous, despite their reportedly damning criticism of the school district? Is seems if you quote statements like “Mel Lewis is the climate coordinator however many of the parents and students believe that he is part of the problem (along with Ginni Davis).”, that the names of the people making those accusations should also be cited. Did you interview Mr. Lewis or Ms. Davis? Moreover, you refer to the people complaining as “parents”, but the other media accounts have suggested otherwise. You need to be more balanced in reporting issues like this. From what I’ve read, especially in the Sacramento Bee, the unnamed people who were complaining to the HRC last night have not behaved that well themselves, either. Maybe everyone needs to examine their own biases, racist actions, divisiveness, and then move forward toward common interest.

  60. Anonymous

    Who are the “parents” and “community members” that you are so willingly speaking for, but allowing to remain anonymous, despite their reportedly damning criticism of the school district? Is seems if you quote statements like “Mel Lewis is the climate coordinator however many of the parents and students believe that he is part of the problem (along with Ginni Davis).”, that the names of the people making those accusations should also be cited. Did you interview Mr. Lewis or Ms. Davis? Moreover, you refer to the people complaining as “parents”, but the other media accounts have suggested otherwise. You need to be more balanced in reporting issues like this. From what I’ve read, especially in the Sacramento Bee, the unnamed people who were complaining to the HRC last night have not behaved that well themselves, either. Maybe everyone needs to examine their own biases, racist actions, divisiveness, and then move forward toward common interest.

  61. Anonymous

    As someone who was actually at the meeting in March, the Sacramento Bee article–the reporter was not there–was based on the statements by Mel Lewis and one other parent and her daughter. It was also completely inaccurate. So if you are basing what you think you know on the Sac Bee article, then you might believe that Greenwald is inaccurate here.

  62. Anonymous

    As someone who was actually at the meeting in March, the Sacramento Bee article–the reporter was not there–was based on the statements by Mel Lewis and one other parent and her daughter. It was also completely inaccurate. So if you are basing what you think you know on the Sac Bee article, then you might believe that Greenwald is inaccurate here.

  63. Anonymous

    As someone who was actually at the meeting in March, the Sacramento Bee article–the reporter was not there–was based on the statements by Mel Lewis and one other parent and her daughter. It was also completely inaccurate. So if you are basing what you think you know on the Sac Bee article, then you might believe that Greenwald is inaccurate here.

  64. Anonymous

    As someone who was actually at the meeting in March, the Sacramento Bee article–the reporter was not there–was based on the statements by Mel Lewis and one other parent and her daughter. It was also completely inaccurate. So if you are basing what you think you know on the Sac Bee article, then you might believe that Greenwald is inaccurate here.

  65. Robert Harris

    I have about had it reading anonymous after anonymous attacking Mr. Greenwald. Does any one of you want to come forward with your actual name?

    I don’t agree with Rich Rifkin but at least he has the courtesy of using his own name.

  66. Robert Harris

    I have about had it reading anonymous after anonymous attacking Mr. Greenwald. Does any one of you want to come forward with your actual name?

    I don’t agree with Rich Rifkin but at least he has the courtesy of using his own name.

  67. Robert Harris

    I have about had it reading anonymous after anonymous attacking Mr. Greenwald. Does any one of you want to come forward with your actual name?

    I don’t agree with Rich Rifkin but at least he has the courtesy of using his own name.

  68. Robert Harris

    I have about had it reading anonymous after anonymous attacking Mr. Greenwald. Does any one of you want to come forward with your actual name?

    I don’t agree with Rich Rifkin but at least he has the courtesy of using his own name.

  69. 無名 - wu ming

    well, a real name isn’t necessary for a good discussion, but choosing pseudonyms would be nice, if just to sort out which anonymous poster is saying what when.

  70. 無名 - wu ming

    well, a real name isn’t necessary for a good discussion, but choosing pseudonyms would be nice, if just to sort out which anonymous poster is saying what when.

  71. 無名 - wu ming

    well, a real name isn’t necessary for a good discussion, but choosing pseudonyms would be nice, if just to sort out which anonymous poster is saying what when.

  72. 無名 - wu ming

    well, a real name isn’t necessary for a good discussion, but choosing pseudonyms would be nice, if just to sort out which anonymous poster is saying what when.

  73. sharla

    No one convinced the HRC to convene a meeting. The HRC agendized the item on as part of their regularly scheduled monthly meeting. This was just one item on the published agenda.

    Mel Lewis is an appointed member of the commission representing the School District. It was expected that he would be in attendance. This was a regularly scheduled meeting so should not have been something that he had to “drop everything” to attend.

    In reading the recent blog entries, it is apparent that there is something to be mediated here. The focus is moving away from the issue of racial tension at the high school and toward angry and baseless accusations. So it may appear that fuel is being poured on the fire, but rather it is gathering energy because there is no where to turn to help calm things down.

    I still don’t know what happened at the high school. I get a different story from every person I’ve talked to about it.

    One thing that I did hear is that an official of the National BSU (?) is stepping in to help the BSU students at the High School take back control of their student club and help the students learn the skills needed to move a group through moments of crisis like this. If this is true, I support this. If it isn’t, I would support this.

  74. sharla

    No one convinced the HRC to convene a meeting. The HRC agendized the item on as part of their regularly scheduled monthly meeting. This was just one item on the published agenda.

    Mel Lewis is an appointed member of the commission representing the School District. It was expected that he would be in attendance. This was a regularly scheduled meeting so should not have been something that he had to “drop everything” to attend.

    In reading the recent blog entries, it is apparent that there is something to be mediated here. The focus is moving away from the issue of racial tension at the high school and toward angry and baseless accusations. So it may appear that fuel is being poured on the fire, but rather it is gathering energy because there is no where to turn to help calm things down.

    I still don’t know what happened at the high school. I get a different story from every person I’ve talked to about it.

    One thing that I did hear is that an official of the National BSU (?) is stepping in to help the BSU students at the High School take back control of their student club and help the students learn the skills needed to move a group through moments of crisis like this. If this is true, I support this. If it isn’t, I would support this.

  75. sharla

    No one convinced the HRC to convene a meeting. The HRC agendized the item on as part of their regularly scheduled monthly meeting. This was just one item on the published agenda.

    Mel Lewis is an appointed member of the commission representing the School District. It was expected that he would be in attendance. This was a regularly scheduled meeting so should not have been something that he had to “drop everything” to attend.

    In reading the recent blog entries, it is apparent that there is something to be mediated here. The focus is moving away from the issue of racial tension at the high school and toward angry and baseless accusations. So it may appear that fuel is being poured on the fire, but rather it is gathering energy because there is no where to turn to help calm things down.

    I still don’t know what happened at the high school. I get a different story from every person I’ve talked to about it.

    One thing that I did hear is that an official of the National BSU (?) is stepping in to help the BSU students at the High School take back control of their student club and help the students learn the skills needed to move a group through moments of crisis like this. If this is true, I support this. If it isn’t, I would support this.

  76. sharla

    No one convinced the HRC to convene a meeting. The HRC agendized the item on as part of their regularly scheduled monthly meeting. This was just one item on the published agenda.

    Mel Lewis is an appointed member of the commission representing the School District. It was expected that he would be in attendance. This was a regularly scheduled meeting so should not have been something that he had to “drop everything” to attend.

    In reading the recent blog entries, it is apparent that there is something to be mediated here. The focus is moving away from the issue of racial tension at the high school and toward angry and baseless accusations. So it may appear that fuel is being poured on the fire, but rather it is gathering energy because there is no where to turn to help calm things down.

    I still don’t know what happened at the high school. I get a different story from every person I’ve talked to about it.

    One thing that I did hear is that an official of the National BSU (?) is stepping in to help the BSU students at the High School take back control of their student club and help the students learn the skills needed to move a group through moments of crisis like this. If this is true, I support this. If it isn’t, I would support this.

  77. Anonymous

    Nobody has commented on the Calculus teacher refusing to get over the entire Malcolm X thing. I’m surprised she still has a job. This is insanity and I don’t understand why this is being allowed to go on all this time.

  78. Anonymous

    Nobody has commented on the Calculus teacher refusing to get over the entire Malcolm X thing. I’m surprised she still has a job. This is insanity and I don’t understand why this is being allowed to go on all this time.

  79. Anonymous

    Nobody has commented on the Calculus teacher refusing to get over the entire Malcolm X thing. I’m surprised she still has a job. This is insanity and I don’t understand why this is being allowed to go on all this time.

  80. Anonymous

    Nobody has commented on the Calculus teacher refusing to get over the entire Malcolm X thing. I’m surprised she still has a job. This is insanity and I don’t understand why this is being allowed to go on all this time.

  81. Rich Rifkin

    “I’m surprised she still has a job.”

    There are very few people who can teach AP calculus in a high school who are willing to do so. The problem is that the free market tends to reward such qualified people with much better-paying jobs.

    Nonetheless, maybe Joann Moldenhaur can be dragged out of retirement for a few months.

  82. Rich Rifkin

    “I’m surprised she still has a job.”

    There are very few people who can teach AP calculus in a high school who are willing to do so. The problem is that the free market tends to reward such qualified people with much better-paying jobs.

    Nonetheless, maybe Joann Moldenhaur can be dragged out of retirement for a few months.

  83. Rich Rifkin

    “I’m surprised she still has a job.”

    There are very few people who can teach AP calculus in a high school who are willing to do so. The problem is that the free market tends to reward such qualified people with much better-paying jobs.

    Nonetheless, maybe Joann Moldenhaur can be dragged out of retirement for a few months.

  84. Rich Rifkin

    “I’m surprised she still has a job.”

    There are very few people who can teach AP calculus in a high school who are willing to do so. The problem is that the free market tends to reward such qualified people with much better-paying jobs.

    Nonetheless, maybe Joann Moldenhaur can be dragged out of retirement for a few months.

  85. tansey thomas

    My understanding is that the black parents and other adults were there to monitor the meeting because they feared the school would try to impose Mel Lewis as the new BSU co-advisor with Ms. Spengler. This was after actions that pressured veteran school teacher Courtenay Tessler to resign as BSU advisor. Ms. Tessler who is white was much beloved by the BSU students and their parents and was part of the dream team that included Dr. Jann Murray Garcia and Ms. Bernita Toney in assisting the BSU students and parents. Student club advisors are usually mutually agreed upon and clubs should be safe havens. Mr. Lewis reportedly holds conservative attitudes about African Americans and therefore has strained relations with them. The BSU is the most diverse club at DHS including White, Latino, Africans and African Americans plus biracials. By the way, that meeting included Rev. Tim Malone, retired DHS teacher Bill Calhoun and Jann Murray Garcia.

  86. tansey thomas

    My understanding is that the black parents and other adults were there to monitor the meeting because they feared the school would try to impose Mel Lewis as the new BSU co-advisor with Ms. Spengler. This was after actions that pressured veteran school teacher Courtenay Tessler to resign as BSU advisor. Ms. Tessler who is white was much beloved by the BSU students and their parents and was part of the dream team that included Dr. Jann Murray Garcia and Ms. Bernita Toney in assisting the BSU students and parents. Student club advisors are usually mutually agreed upon and clubs should be safe havens. Mr. Lewis reportedly holds conservative attitudes about African Americans and therefore has strained relations with them. The BSU is the most diverse club at DHS including White, Latino, Africans and African Americans plus biracials. By the way, that meeting included Rev. Tim Malone, retired DHS teacher Bill Calhoun and Jann Murray Garcia.

  87. tansey thomas

    My understanding is that the black parents and other adults were there to monitor the meeting because they feared the school would try to impose Mel Lewis as the new BSU co-advisor with Ms. Spengler. This was after actions that pressured veteran school teacher Courtenay Tessler to resign as BSU advisor. Ms. Tessler who is white was much beloved by the BSU students and their parents and was part of the dream team that included Dr. Jann Murray Garcia and Ms. Bernita Toney in assisting the BSU students and parents. Student club advisors are usually mutually agreed upon and clubs should be safe havens. Mr. Lewis reportedly holds conservative attitudes about African Americans and therefore has strained relations with them. The BSU is the most diverse club at DHS including White, Latino, Africans and African Americans plus biracials. By the way, that meeting included Rev. Tim Malone, retired DHS teacher Bill Calhoun and Jann Murray Garcia.

  88. tansey thomas

    My understanding is that the black parents and other adults were there to monitor the meeting because they feared the school would try to impose Mel Lewis as the new BSU co-advisor with Ms. Spengler. This was after actions that pressured veteran school teacher Courtenay Tessler to resign as BSU advisor. Ms. Tessler who is white was much beloved by the BSU students and their parents and was part of the dream team that included Dr. Jann Murray Garcia and Ms. Bernita Toney in assisting the BSU students and parents. Student club advisors are usually mutually agreed upon and clubs should be safe havens. Mr. Lewis reportedly holds conservative attitudes about African Americans and therefore has strained relations with them. The BSU is the most diverse club at DHS including White, Latino, Africans and African Americans plus biracials. By the way, that meeting included Rev. Tim Malone, retired DHS teacher Bill Calhoun and Jann Murray Garcia.

  89. Anonymous

    So What was the original story about ??. The problem betweeen the BSU and the School or HRC’s meeting.

    1. The BSU and the School. The School district is still the authority and they will make the decision. Sometimes they will make the right decision and sometimes the wrong decision. I quess we have not learned that in the last few months.

    2. The HRC Meeting. Could we get a count of apponited officals who have missed meetings. Maybe he couldn’t make it. Maybe he learned he might be ambushed over a subject he couldn’t fully discuss do to privacy issues. What if Mr Lewis is apointed the advisor to the BSU. It is not the place of the HRC to even be in that discussion.

    The original post was character assination at it’s best. Not the type of information I have come to expect from The People’s Vanguard of Davis

  90. Anonymous

    So What was the original story about ??. The problem betweeen the BSU and the School or HRC’s meeting.

    1. The BSU and the School. The School district is still the authority and they will make the decision. Sometimes they will make the right decision and sometimes the wrong decision. I quess we have not learned that in the last few months.

    2. The HRC Meeting. Could we get a count of apponited officals who have missed meetings. Maybe he couldn’t make it. Maybe he learned he might be ambushed over a subject he couldn’t fully discuss do to privacy issues. What if Mr Lewis is apointed the advisor to the BSU. It is not the place of the HRC to even be in that discussion.

    The original post was character assination at it’s best. Not the type of information I have come to expect from The People’s Vanguard of Davis

  91. Anonymous

    So What was the original story about ??. The problem betweeen the BSU and the School or HRC’s meeting.

    1. The BSU and the School. The School district is still the authority and they will make the decision. Sometimes they will make the right decision and sometimes the wrong decision. I quess we have not learned that in the last few months.

    2. The HRC Meeting. Could we get a count of apponited officals who have missed meetings. Maybe he couldn’t make it. Maybe he learned he might be ambushed over a subject he couldn’t fully discuss do to privacy issues. What if Mr Lewis is apointed the advisor to the BSU. It is not the place of the HRC to even be in that discussion.

    The original post was character assination at it’s best. Not the type of information I have come to expect from The People’s Vanguard of Davis

  92. Anonymous

    So What was the original story about ??. The problem betweeen the BSU and the School or HRC’s meeting.

    1. The BSU and the School. The School district is still the authority and they will make the decision. Sometimes they will make the right decision and sometimes the wrong decision. I quess we have not learned that in the last few months.

    2. The HRC Meeting. Could we get a count of apponited officals who have missed meetings. Maybe he couldn’t make it. Maybe he learned he might be ambushed over a subject he couldn’t fully discuss do to privacy issues. What if Mr Lewis is apointed the advisor to the BSU. It is not the place of the HRC to even be in that discussion.

    The original post was character assination at it’s best. Not the type of information I have come to expect from The People’s Vanguard of Davis

  93. tansey thomas

    Point of clarification in my previous comment: “The BSU is the most diverse club at DHS including White, Latino, Africans and African Americans plus biracials.”

    Should read: The BSU is the most diverse club at DHS because it includes White, Latino, Africans and African Americans of which many are biracials.

    Please ask yourselves why the BSU, a student club which is in compliance with existing club rules being singled out from 60 student clubs by District Admin. foks?

  94. tansey thomas

    Point of clarification in my previous comment: “The BSU is the most diverse club at DHS including White, Latino, Africans and African Americans plus biracials.”

    Should read: The BSU is the most diverse club at DHS because it includes White, Latino, Africans and African Americans of which many are biracials.

    Please ask yourselves why the BSU, a student club which is in compliance with existing club rules being singled out from 60 student clubs by District Admin. foks?

  95. tansey thomas

    Point of clarification in my previous comment: “The BSU is the most diverse club at DHS including White, Latino, Africans and African Americans plus biracials.”

    Should read: The BSU is the most diverse club at DHS because it includes White, Latino, Africans and African Americans of which many are biracials.

    Please ask yourselves why the BSU, a student club which is in compliance with existing club rules being singled out from 60 student clubs by District Admin. foks?

  96. tansey thomas

    Point of clarification in my previous comment: “The BSU is the most diverse club at DHS including White, Latino, Africans and African Americans plus biracials.”

    Should read: The BSU is the most diverse club at DHS because it includes White, Latino, Africans and African Americans of which many are biracials.

    Please ask yourselves why the BSU, a student club which is in compliance with existing club rules being singled out from 60 student clubs by District Admin. foks?

  97. Doug Paul Davis

    “So What was the original story about ??. The problem betweeen the BSU and the School or HRC’s meeting. “

    My story was really not about the BSU. BSU is just a small part of my concerns with race relations at DHS. Race relations at the HS was part of the story.

    The other part of the story was how the HRC reacted to this information. And concerns with the role that they may play in the future.

    I don’t understand whose character I was assassinating, I was trying to report on what happened and my concerns both with the HRC and also the conditions at the HS.

  98. Doug Paul Davis

    “So What was the original story about ??. The problem betweeen the BSU and the School or HRC’s meeting. “

    My story was really not about the BSU. BSU is just a small part of my concerns with race relations at DHS. Race relations at the HS was part of the story.

    The other part of the story was how the HRC reacted to this information. And concerns with the role that they may play in the future.

    I don’t understand whose character I was assassinating, I was trying to report on what happened and my concerns both with the HRC and also the conditions at the HS.

  99. Doug Paul Davis

    “So What was the original story about ??. The problem betweeen the BSU and the School or HRC’s meeting. “

    My story was really not about the BSU. BSU is just a small part of my concerns with race relations at DHS. Race relations at the HS was part of the story.

    The other part of the story was how the HRC reacted to this information. And concerns with the role that they may play in the future.

    I don’t understand whose character I was assassinating, I was trying to report on what happened and my concerns both with the HRC and also the conditions at the HS.

  100. Doug Paul Davis

    “So What was the original story about ??. The problem betweeen the BSU and the School or HRC’s meeting. “

    My story was really not about the BSU. BSU is just a small part of my concerns with race relations at DHS. Race relations at the HS was part of the story.

    The other part of the story was how the HRC reacted to this information. And concerns with the role that they may play in the future.

    I don’t understand whose character I was assassinating, I was trying to report on what happened and my concerns both with the HRC and also the conditions at the HS.

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