Fresno, CA – Controversy continues to swirl around a viral video involving a Fresno Unified School board member and a Bullard High School student.
Major Terry Slatic breaking his silence for the first time on television, addressing the scuffle with the student and a confidential letter leaked to the press that could spell legal trouble for both the district and Slatic.
“Things have been leaked, damage to family has been done in terms of internet trolling and things like that.”
School board trustee, Terry Slatic won’t go into detail about what happened during a scuffle with a Bullard High School student on January 11th. But Slatic won’t back down in saying he did nothing wrong.
“Will I be 100% exonerated? I believe so, completely. I will be in this office until I’m tired of being in this office and I’m not going to be tired of this office until I get all things accomplished that I want.”
As of now, no formal charges have been filed against Slatic. His attorney Charles Manock believes no charges will ever be filed, but he does take issue with a letter written to Slatic from Superintendent Bob Nelson on January 15th.
“The incident happens, the letter was written and then it was leaked. You have to ask the question why.”
Manock believes the answer is simple, it’s to harm an elected official. Manock didn’t stop there. He says an inside source, who’s he says is very credible, told him the night before the leak who was responsible.
“Miguel Arias came to Bob Nelson and told him that the Fresno Bee had the letter, so any questions to the leaking of the letter should start with Miguel Arias and Bob Nelson.”
In the letter Nelson takes offense to a picture of Slatic holding an M16 next to kids while on duty in Afghanistan in 2010. Slatic sent Nelson that picture in an email a day before the incident at Bullard. Nelson also writes how Slatic has been demeaning, abusive and exhibits a flagrant disregrard for the rules of the district. Slatic says this was never pointed out prior to this letter. Manock also questions how the situation has been handled, which could lead to legal troubles for Slatic.
“It doesn’t just harm trustee Slatic politically, it subjects him to legal jeopardy and because arguably the potential prior knowledge from the district it gives a ready made theory to tie the district to it. So it’s extremely reckless.”
Meanwhile, Slatic says he has had productive meetings with the board and the superintedent and is anxious to see this all end.
“I can’t find any fathomable reason to why this investigation is going on, much less not knowing when it’s going to end.”
Fresno Unified School District issuing a statement to our interview with Slatic and his lawyer:
“We aren’t making any comments until the investigation is complete.”
We reached out to Miguel Arias regarding the leak of the letter, he did not return our calls. The student’s lawyer Roger Bonakdar says he has yet to file a civil suit against the district or Slatic.