We have received your email and as always, you did not answer any questions or concerns, and have once again failed to address any of our grievances. Instead you decided to use your usual method, an illegal threat. It is sad that our elected officials feel they are being threatened when the constituents want nothing more than the right to speak their concerns to those they elected to represent them. We have multiple questions and issues we would like answered and addressed.
Do you have authority to speak on behalf of our elected officials?
You mention the school district tried to communicate in a civil manner. We would like to know, when did this happen?
Was it the phone calls from Aaron Hansen demanding we meet with no cameras, recording, or any other witnesses in private? Or trying to get Patricia to come to the school district building while the trespass order was still in effect? The statute of limitations on trespass charges is three years. Patricia could have been charged for up to three years after Aaron Hansen's request. That is entrapment.
Or was it when you illegally trespassed three women from an illegal public meeting violating RCW 9.91.010, RCW42.30.030 and RCW 42.30.040? Trespassing them also deprived them of their right to free speech, civil rights and their right to due process.
Was it maybe when Jim Cooper released false statements to the media and by doing so violating board policy and violating RCW 9A.80.010?
Was it when school employees were telling students that the district building was vandalized (false accusation) and citizens were “bashing out windows of cars” (also a false accusation)?
Was it when you cut off Melissa Mcilwain's speech at the public zoom call, twice?
Was it when board members and school employees demanded the police charge a woman criminally after stating in the police report and admitting that the second meeting started after the first one was closed and adjourned thus breaking RCW 42.30.030?
The school district received affidavits of grievances on June 4th and has yet to properly respond to any grievance listed. On June 18th we personally delivered personal letters of grievances to yourself, Aaron Hansen, and all five board members, and expect a response to every single grievance. Instead of responding to any grievances, the school board completely voids the issue which leaves everyone to believe that there is no defense for the actions committed by the board.
There is no coercion, as you claimed. We are trying to hold the board members accountable to the public and if being held accountable is coercion and an “idle threat”, that says more about the board members than about the public. We have been open about all our concerns and that seems to be deemed as a threat by the school district. Proverbs 28:1 states, “The wicked flee when no man pursueth”. We have made every attempt to have the school district publicly defend their actions so that this would not drag into civil court and essentially cost the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. Since you have publicly shamed three members of the community unnecessarily, we have mentioned multiple times the resolution has to be public, not behind closed doors. This whole public side of the issue started when Jim Cooper, against board policy and the law, decided it would be entertaining to write a false statement, committing perjury in an attempt to publicly slander three women. It was only in defense that the women released the video of the “disruption” that actually happened. After that, you specifically, released a statement on the district website excluding the facts of the case and writing a narrative that illustrates your action in a different picture than what actually occurred.
Another thing mentioned in your email, is you have no interest in communicating with our group. We are well aware. This has been clear since the day we drove up to the school district building, that you have no intention of communicating with anyone that is not selected by the school district. We however, would like to essentially thank you for exposing the true nature of the school board, yourself, and Aaron Hansen. This whole ordeal has opened the eyes of the community to the people who are in charge of our children, our tax dollars for education, people whom we blindly trusted wanted the best for our children and the community.
We have made no threats. Expecting elected officials to communicate with the public is only a threat, if someone is doing something wrong or illegal. Last week some concerned parents reached out trying to find out who the school attorney was, and the school district refused to answer. Thank you for providing the name of the attorney and the fact that he represents you. It will make serving papers a lot easier and less expensive for us.
We would like to remind you that multiple FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests have been sent. One on May 17th (still unanswered), May 27th (still unanswered), and June 12th, which is also still unanswered. Per Washington state law, the district had five business days to respond. Is this the civil discourse you were mentioning in your letter?
To reiterate and clarify, no threats have been made against you. If simple facts of your actions are a threat, we suggest you resign from your grossly overpaid position and allow someone to step in who would actually attempt to properly meditate with the public on issues that concern our children and our taxpayer dollars.
Unfortunately for the Washougal School District, no we will not redress our issues to the Mr. Paul Clay with Stevens Clay, P.S. law firm. He is not an elected official. We have no issues or grievances with him. The Washington State Constitution declaration of rights states every person may freely speak, write, and publish on all subjects. The United States Bill of Rights also states that we have a right “to petition the government for a redress of grievances”. The Washington State Open Public Meetings Act starts with the following RCW: “The people of this state do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies which serve them. The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people insist on remaining informed so that they may retain control over the instruments they have created.” We will not go away because of an email from an unelected official, Mary Templeton. We will continue to use our rights to redress grievances until a public resolution is made.