Grace Davis's School Board Bullying Claim Leads to Girl Scouts Resignation
A Facebook photo of Grace Davis. Additional photos and videos below.
We wouldn't advise messing with Grace Davis.
Sixteen-year-old Davis recently helped organize a protest at Ponderosa High School, which she attends, and afterward, her claim of being bullied by two members of the Douglas County School Board — board president Meghann Silverthorn and director Judy Reynolds — has led to an internal investigation.
Meanwhile, Reynolds has resigned a position with the Girl Scouts of Colorado in the wake of the allegations.
According to 7News, the March 9 protest at Ponderosa was motivated by questions about why so many teachers were leaving the school.
Here's a video of the demonstration.
Prior to the protest, Davis met with Silverthorn and Reynolds — and at an April 19 DougCo school board session, she called for their resignations.
Why? For one thing, the school board members failed to ask Davis's parents if such a sit-down was okay with them — something they stressed in a letter to the board.
The letter reads in part: “They did not have our permission to meet in private, or any other way, with our daughter and failed to meet the school security requirements in that regard. Of greater concern are the extremely inappropriate actions that were directed at our daughter during this meeting,”
The session lasted an hour and a half, and Davis recorded the whole thing. Here's the audio, as shared by 7News.
Silverthorn saw nothing wrong with the meeting, telling the station, “I find that unfortunate that she believes that our quest to find out more about what our concerns were rose to that level. I find that having those conversations was open and healthy and honest."
Nonetheless, an investigation has been launched into the propriety of the conversation — and Reynolds has now resigned from her position with the Colorado Girl Scouts.
A 7News piece on this development doesn't explicitly say that Reynolds was forced out.
However, a quote from a Girl Scouts spokesperson — "We take any complaints made against Girl Scout volunteers seriously, and our top priority is always creating a safe space for girls" — speaks to possible pressure felt by the organization regarding the bullying claims.
Reynolds hasn't responded to either the investigation or the Girl Scouts resignation on her Twitter account or Facebook page.
She hasn't posted on either service since last month.
As for Davis, her most recent Facebook items are prom photos that show her to be an average sixteen-year-old, albeit one who's already made a serious impact on the adult world.
Here's the 7News item about the resignation call.
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