The Fresno Police Department has completed its investigation into an altercation involving Fresno Unified trustee Terry Slatic and a student that took place last week and was captured on video.

The report, which was being forwarded to the Fresno County District Attorney’s office, does not make a recommendation about potential charges. Police detectives spoke with witnesses, and reviewed video, which they say is “unclear.”

“It was written as a general incident (report), possible Penal Code 242, which is a battery. We are just outlining conflicting information,” Deputy Police Chief Michael Reid said. He did not specify which individual they were investigating for battery.

According to Deputy DA Steve Wright, his department had not received the report as of Thursday afternoon.

District spokeswoman Amy Igsvood said the district first made contact with the student Monday morning after attempts to reach him the prior two days.

Slatic Says Safety Will Prevail

“When everything comes out from this, Fresno Unified will be a safer place.”— FUSD Trustee Terry Slatic

Slatic, in new comments to GV Wire, said he is awaiting how a district investigation plays out. That probe is independent of the police department inquiry.

“When everything comes out from this, Fresno Unified will be a safer place,” Slatic said.

Superintendent Says Video Speaks for Itself

Fresno Unified Superintendent Bob Nelson, speaking to GV Wire education reporter Myles Barker on Wednesday evening, said the district released the video as a matter of public interest.

“I am not going to comment on Trustee Slatic’s actions. I think, honestly, I think the video speaks for itself. … I think people are going to formulate whatever opinion they are going to form based on that,” Nelson said. “If it were my child, that wouldn’t be something I would condone necessarily, but I think we need to let the investigation run its course before we presume any additional information regarding what’s going on with that circumstance.”

The district said the student remains in school, as nothing he did has merited discipline. The district is not revealing his identity, citing privacy concerns.

 

“One of the things we did is, we did the threat assessment, and it was not perceived that this person was a threat at the time of the circumstance,” Nelson said. “The investigation is ongoing … but at current we have not had anything surface that rises to the level of discipline of the student. The (school) site would make that decision, generally speaking.”

Johnson Criticizes Slatic

“When we have adults, from what I could see in the video yanking on backpacks and creating a verbal altercation into a physical altercation, that is concerning for me.”Nasreen Johnson

Nasreen Johnson, who lost to Slatic in the November election, said her phone has been blowing up.

“We’re having money, time and attention not being spent where it needs to be — which is schools. Let’s not elect hotheads or bullies to our elected positions,” Johnson said of what the community has been telling her.

Johnson did not like what she saw in the security camera video.

“One of the things that was really important to me is that we make sure we have adults being good role models for kids. When we have adults, from what I could see in the video yanking on backpacks and creating a verbal altercation into a physical altercation, that is concerning for me,” Johnson said.

When asked about Slatic’s assertion that the student made threats to shoot him, Johnson responded, “I saw the kid’s hands in plain view. So, I’m not sure … once the kid ran off, it didn’t appear that Slatic followed him. … I just didn’t understand how if they thought there was a weapon in the backpack, why those actions were taken in that order.”

Slatic won the November election in a four-person race with 34% of the vote. Johnson finished second with 29%. She is now running for a vacant Fresno County supervisor’s seat, with a March 5 election date.

Watch: Johnson Talks About Incident

 

4 Responses

  1. Em

    The handling of the Slatic vs. Bully student is so contrary to how PD would treat any other threat by a student; such as a threat on social media- they are arrested. This student believes its ok to threaten adults without consequence. Why does he think its ok? So the message here is – Its ok to threaten and bully others and if one stand up against bullies you will be charged. Investigate this student before he bullies our children!

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  2. Alex station

    Slatic is the adult , The whole thing is made up , A man putting hands on a child the guys a hothead a ticking time bomb we don’t need someone like that on our campuses

    He should be charged with assault and attempted kidnapping

    And Michelle should be charged with assessory

    The schools have protocols in place for perceived threats static does not know anything he’s too green around ears when it comes to civilian life

    We can’t wait for the DA to do charges they have up to one year for Mr. Meiners and three years for Felonise I don’t want that man sitting on the board with his little smirk thinking everybody has address them as majors only people in the military has to address him like that civilians don’t have to

    It’s time to do a recall election for the Bullard area the white nights and the Armenian mafia have to go this is what happens when money politics and parties take over our education system

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    • Audra

      . I take anyone saying they have a gun extremely seriously. To do nothing would have been negligent. School shootings have become far to frequent to blow it off if a kid says I have a gun and am going to shoot you. This is disturbing because it is clear that Mr. Slatic never touched him. He was taking his backpack. If that kid did have a gun Mr Slatic would be a hero. Isn’t it our jobs as.adults to shut it down if there is a slight chance of a gun being involved. How many interviews have we heard of adults telling students pay attention if you think a kid is .dangerous. watch the video the kid try to punk Mr Sladic before he ran. I don’t care if it was my own son I would be grateful for how it was handled. This could have been a very serious situation. We have to react to protect other students . To ignore this child and pretends nothing happened is to set him up to.spend his life in prison. Your actually letting the boy down by ignoring his problem and treating him as a victim.

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    • Audra

      I ake anyone saying they have a gun extremely seriously. To do nothing would have been negligent. School shootings have become far to frequent to blow off a kid saying “I have a gun and am going to shoot you”. This is disturbing because it is clear that Mr. Slatic never touched him. He was taking his backpack. If that kid did have a gun Mr Slatic would be a hero. Isn’t it our jobs as adults to shut it down if there is a slight chance of a gun being involved. How many interviews have we heard of adults telling students pay attention if you think a kid is dangerous. Watch the video the kid tries to punk Mr Sladic before he ran. I don’t care if it was my own son I would be grateful for how it was handled. This could have been a very serious situation. We have to react to protect other students . To ignore this child and pretends nothing happened is to set him up to to spend his life in prison. Your actually letting the boy down by ignoring his problem and treating him as a victim. Maybe , realize that you have a very angry and potentially dangerous young man at your school. He needs to see a Dr who may be able to help him. In other words stop blaming each other ,. Work together and actually try and help this kid.

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