On June 22nd 2021, the citizens of Washougal, WA held a public redress of grievances and a tribunal for our grievances against the five elected board members of the Washougal School District. The five elected board members are: Jim Cooper, Angela Hancock, Donna Sinclair, Cory Chase, and Chuck Carpenter.
The motivation and purpose for holding this tribunal was due to the repeated offenses of elected public officials violating their oath of office, harassing and intimidating their constituents, violating state laws, and violating multiple board policies.
The list of events leading up to the tribunal is as follows:
May 11th 2021 - Superintendent Mary Templeton and Vice Superintendent Aaron Hansen, at the request of their employers, the board, discriminated against one citizen and illegally trespassed three women from a public meeting. Elected School Board Officials held an unlawful public meeting after the original meeting was adjourned, therefore violating the Open Public Meetings Act.
May 12th 2021 - The Washougal School District released an official notice on their website about the events that took place at the public meeting, The notice was full of false and misleading information meant to portray the board members as victims and the three citizens as aggressors.
May 12th 2021 (2) - One of the three women contacted the officer from Washougal Police Department that was at the scene on May 11th, to file a complaint against all five board members. To this day the officer has not responded.
May 13th 2021 - The board decided to move all public meetings to zoom, claiming “Covid” even though the very next day the mask mandate was removed in Washington State. Board meetings are open to the public in person all across the state and have been for many weeks.
May 13th 2021 (2) - Two of the three women contacted the Chief of Police Wendi Steinbronn to ask to file complaints on the five board members. The women attacked multiple laws that were clearly violated by the board members.
May 17th 2021 - Washougal Chief of Police responded to the two women from May 13th that if they want to file reports against the five board members, they would need to contact the FBI or the Attorney General of Washington. One of the women emailed the chief back with five questions. To this day, the chief of police ignored four of the questions and only responded to where they can find public records requests. The chief of police said she did not respond to the two women for five days because she was out of office, however a reporter notified us that she was responding to their emails during those days. She simply ignored ours.
May 20th 2021 - Doug Flanagan released an erroneous and slanderous article of the events that took place on May 11th. Doug Flanagan claimed there were arrests made, chaos, vandalism, and that the women were kicked out. Every one of those, and many more details were fallacious and heavily manipulated. After getting more details, it was discovered that the source of his information came from Washougal School Board member, Jim Cooper. By doing so, Jim Cooper violated board policy which he is required to uphold, and submitted false statements which is a violation of RCW 9A.80.010, Official misconduct.
May 24th 2021 - All three trespass admonishments were amended by Vice Superintendent Aaron Hansen to only apply to the administrative building. Previously two of the women were trespassed from all school district property, including the school their children attended. The third woman was additionally trespassed from all property owned by the City of Washougal. The Washougal Police called to give verbal notification of amendment to the three women. Only at the women’s request was an emailed copy of the amended trespass given.
May 25th 2021 - Members of the community , on behalf of the trespassed citizens, went to the district office unannounced to ask the school district to explain themselves. Aaron Hansen did not answer any questions and only suggested talking in private. The community members did not agree as the school board publicly humiliated the women and did not trust what the school district had to say behind closed doors. Mary Templeton refused to meet with the public, and left in her car to avoid seeing the community members.
May 25th 2021 - The three Washougal moms held a public event to call out the elected officials on the crimes and violations they committed.. One of the three women called into the public meeting, and the board cut off her speech. The public provided 70 notarized affidavits against the school board members listing out their grievances. The notarized affidavits were sent certified mail and received by the school board on June 4th 2021.
June 2nd 2021 - Vice superintendent Aaron Hansen called Melissa and asked for a private meeting. Melissa would not agree to a private meeting.
June 8th 2021 - The three moms held another event to bring light to the situation, and again call out elected officials on their violations. One of the three women, again, called into the public meeting. The board once again cut off her speech.
June 11th 2021 - Aaron Hansen called Patricia Bellamy and asked her to come meet in private with no witnesses or recordings, at the school district for a meeting. The trespass orders were still in effect, and had Patricia gone, she could have been criminally trespassed for up to three years after the fact, for that is how long the statute of limitations is for criminal trespassing.
June 17th 2021 - After 37 days, the Washougal Police Department called and notified the three women that the unlawful trespass orders were rescinded at the request of Vice Superintendent Aaron Hansen. Again, the three women had to request for written verification of the trespass being rescinded.
June 13th 2021 - The three moms received a letter 6 days after their official response deadline to the affidavits from Mary Templeton. Not a single grievance was addressed, as requested in the affidavit. The letter was a generic canned response that can only be perceived as an insult.
June 18th 2021 - One of the women emailed and also hand delivered an 8 page grievance letter to the school board administration office. All board members and superintendents were issued an individual copy of the redress of grievances. The women also emailed all the board members that they were invited to come to a public redress of grievances the following Tuesday at a neutral event space in Washougal. Since public meetings were still on zoom, the three moms made sure to have the event at a time where the board members could come and speak to the public or even just listen to their grievances. They did this to ensure that this did not interrupt with any family time outside of the public meeting time slot the elected members are already committed to.
June 21st 2021 - Superintendent Mary Templeton responded to the invite to the public redress of grievances, on the behalf of the whole school district. She said they will not attend and claimed that we were “idly threatening” them. She claimed if we have any other questions to our elected officials we would need to address it to the city attorney. He is not our elected official, and we have no grievances with him, nor does he have any obligation to us.
June 22nd 2021 - Public Redress of Grievances/Tribunal
The event was held at a neutral space, the Black Pearl in Washougal. An estimated 400 people attended. To hold a public tribunal to hold a vote to remove elected public officials. Two-thirds of the public in attendance, and living within the selected school district are allowed to vote. Any person may call a redress of grievances/tribunal, as written in RCW 42.30.130 Violations—Mandamus or injunction. Any person may commence an action either by mandamus or injunction for the purpose of stopping violations or preventing threatened violations of this chapter by members of a governing body.
Washington State per WAC 247-02-050 and WAC 30-08-030, uses Robert's Rules of Order for procedures and practices. Roberts rule of order is where the two thirds vote and tribunal come from. We have attached that sheet also.
A total of 97 citizens within the district were willing to be part of the vote and were verified by their drivers licenses to ensure they were from the district that the board members represent. Out of the 97 people who participated, the vote to remove them was 88%-89% of the 97 attendees. 8 people of those 97, did not submit a vote. The tally’s are attached on a separate copy.
A little bit after 6pm the redress of grievances started.
After the Pledge of Allegiance, Patricia Bellamy opened and explained the events that will take place. All members were given a double sided sheet of paper with a list. The list was a detailed description of violations and laws broken (our accusations) against the board members. We have attached that sheet below.
A guest speaker spoke to the crowd describing what exactly affidavits are, and a little bit of the Washington State Constitution.
A Washougal citizen spoke about his grievances and experiences with the school board.
Another Washougal citizen spoke in great detail of the insults and harassment that had happened to her. She read all the charges against the board members.
Patricia Bellamy asked the audience if they were okay with appointing an unbiased and uninvolved citizen, Brett Simpson, as a chair for these proceedings. The motion was seconded by multiple people. Patricia then asked if anyone was against him being appointed, there was no opposition.
Brett Simpson listed all the elected board members and with every once, asked if anyone or themselves, would speak in their defense or on their behalf. All five board members were listed and called upon. Not a single elected official showed up to speak in their defense, or had anyone speak on their behalf. Everyone who had signed up with verification and was eligible to vote, had a ballot given to them to vote the elected officials in or out.
After that, there was a vote for members to fill the seats temporarily until an official election can take place, once the proceedings go through. All five people were nominated, seconded, and were given a chance to speak and describe themselves to the public. There was no opposition to any of them being temporarily elected.
All votes were collected at the end of the event. No votes were accepted after the meeting ended as they had to have all attended and been public and submitted votes during this event only.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JrvJck2DH4 TRIBUNAL FULL VIDEO
What happens next:
We submit all of our evidence to the Clark County Sheriff, the Clark County Auditor, and the Clark County Superior Court Clerk. The sheriff is obligated to call a grand jury and have them look at all the evidence provided. The grand jury then decides if based on the evidence, to indict or bring forth charges against the five school board members. The sheriff and grand jury also have the right to relieve the elected board members of their duties based upon RCW 42.30.130.
June 25th 2021 - Redress of grievances letter was once again emailed to the board members as they had not responded from the notice that was emailed and hand delivered on June 18th.
All three public events and redress of grievances were covered by a local journalist. We have attached the link to the tribunal below. The event lasted one and a half hours.
June 30th 2021 - One of the mothers permanently pulled her three children out of the school district due to the endless harassment against her and the emotionally, physically and mentally damaging curriculum and policies that the school board implemented against the will of their constituents.
Gather up remaining evidence of Maladministration and submit it to the following people:
1) Clark County Sheriff Chuck Adkins
2) Clark County Superior Court Clerk Scott Weber
3) Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey
The Sheriff has to bring forth a grand jury for a letter of indictment based on evidence. When a person is indicted, they are given formal notice that it is believed that they committed a crime. The indictment contains the basic information that informs the person of the charges against them.
If the answer is no from the grand jury, there is other avenues we can take but for now we will focus on this only.