Fresno Unified Trustee threatened wrestling coach, according to a report

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Fresno Unified Trustee Terry Slatic is speaking out against new allegations of an on-campus confrontation with a Bullard High School Assistant Wrestling Coach.

According to an investigative report released Thursday by the Fresno Unified School District, Trustee Slatic threatened the coach’s career over a scheduled practice.

The incident in question occurred on February 11, 2019. The report alleges Slatic demanded the cancellation of a joint practice including the Clovis East and Bullard High School Wrestling teams. He did not want his son practicing with a competitor ahead of an upcoming sectional championship match. The report states the Head Coach and Assistant Coach told Slatic they would keep the two separated in said practice, but would not cancel it.

The conversation then escalated. The assistant coach stated that Slatic spoke to him in a ”threatening” and ”intimidating” way, and started yelling at him; he yelled back. The coach then felt Slatic threatened any future employment within the district.

“This is a person that I have for many years had difficulty with,” Slatic explained.

He says the assistant coach joined the wrestling program three years ago as a ‘fundraiser;’ Slatic claims he’s pocketing some of the funds.

“The t-shirt sales, he’s ended up keeping the money and so obviously there’s quite a bit of antipathy between this individual and myself,” Slatic said.

The retired marine has been critical of the district since elected in November and feels there needs to be more accountability.

This is the second report released by Fresno Unified within the past week alleging Slatic spoke in a threatening and intimidating way. The first detailed an encounter with an army recruiter at Bullard High School that also occurred in February.

Thursday’s report found Slatic’s conduct likely violates Board Policy.

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