On Thursday, the Antioch Unified School District Board of Trustees held a Special Meeting with the intention of discussing “Use of Force”, however, due to lack of information available, the board ultimately tabled the item for up to 60-days.
Householder called the meeting after video surfaced from the schools security firm, Strategic Threat Management, detaining a student after allegedly fighting on campus, attacking staff and security while resisting arrest–the District statement can be viewed by clicking here.
The Antioch Police Department confirmed the student was placed under arrest and transported to the Antioch Police Department for assaulting a school employee, fighting on a school campus, and resisting or delaying an arrest.
Prior to the Discussion, Trustee Mary Rocha asked the Superintendent Stephanie Anello if she received any calls or complaints about use of force. Anello said she did not. (6:35 min mark)
Rocha stated she called the administration, many of them, at the high school and they received no complaints, but what they did receive were calls of support and thanking them in how they handled the situation while preventing others from being hurt.
After more than 60-pages of public comments and discussion, the Board voted 4-1 (Householder dissenting) to table the Use of Force Item for 60-days so they can close the investigation of the Antioch High School incident, gather District policy, Education Code Policy and possible law enforcement policy regarding use of force and safety plans.
During the items public comments, (15:15 min mark) Board President Ellie Householder attempted to censor public comments stating many of them were not related to the policies and procedures around use of force and asked general comments be removed.
Rocha shot back stating people are talking about the incident which was why they were having the meeting.
Householder replied she was not going to sit there and listen to public comments bashing a student.
Rocha again shot back saying she was hearing more comments about Householder and that she called for an emergency meeting.
The board then voted (3-2 with Rocha and Hack dissenting) to take a break so staff could look at the Public Comments. After an approximately 20-min break, all comments were read after Anello stated she spoke with the Attorney who explained because the comments are in relationship to the incident which prompted a use of force item on the agenda, they should be read.
The Board then voted to table the item so more information can be gathered on the incident along with policies related to safety and education codes.
The Board voted 3-2 (Householder and Hernandez dissenting) to table the item regarding Board of Education Notification Policies and Procedures for up to 60-days.
If I wrote out what transpired in full, its almost unbelievable, so I encourage folks to go to the video and make up your own opinions after watching.
- Over 60 pages of public comments
- Board President attempting to censor public comments when comments were negative about her
- Lack an understanding of Roberts Rules of Order
- Questioned and ignoring staffs on processes regarding on making a motion, substitute motion, tabling items.
- Attempted to restart the meeting without District Staff at one point beginning roll call. (42 min)
- Antonio Hernandez said he received a lot of emails and calls (44:20 min) – says people were very angry and called it surprising Rocha or Anello didn’t receive a single comment.