JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – The Jefferson County District Attorney does not plan to file criminal charges against an Arvada man who wrote anonymous letters to Jefferson County school board members, including pictures of their home, shocked some of the school board members.
Stephanie Schooley, one of four Jeffco school board members who received the letter and photo of her home, said: “The purpose was to intimidate and make me feel unsafe and scared.
The unsigned letters arrived in August with the writer busy masking students at Jeffco Public Schools.
“We don’t care about the effectiveness of masks or vaccines, only the rights of Jeffco parents to send their children to school while choosing for themselves what’s best for their families,” reads Letters. “Other Colorado school districts have wisely chosen to allow parents to make decisions for their children, and we ask that you and the rest of the Board follow their direction. them and change Jeffco’s policies accordingly. We live in your community, and you represent us. We ask you to stand up for our rights. Please, do the right thing.”
The letter was signed “Jeffco Parents.”
Four of the five members of the school board received the letters along with a Polaroid photo of their home.
Schooley told CBS4 that her perception was that the sender was sending a threat, “I know where you live.” Schooley, whose two children attend Jeffco, said as people started coming to her home, “It crosses the line.”
Police were asked to investigate anonymous letters that led them to David Morrill, 40, an Arvada resident, anti-mask advocate and father of two students.
“I wrote those letters,” Morrill admitted to CBS4 in an interview. He said police found his fingerprints on the letters. Morrill said he didn’t sign it because “This is the view of a lot of Jeffco parents. It’s not just me, and I don’t want them to think I’m just speaking for myself. “
When asked why he went to school board members’ homes, took pictures of their whereabouts, then sent the photos to the board members, Morrill said, “I want them to know I was actually there. . I wanted them to know we were in the same neighborhood, in the same community. ”
He said he thought he could meet the school board members and talk at their homes. In the end, he said he did not encounter any of the four board members.
“They have yet to come up with some real data, scientific evidence that face coverings are effective in reducing the spread of COVID-19,” Morrill said. “We were busy covering our kids’ faces while the Broncos were playing with 70,000 people shouting at their faces and no one was watching, but the kids were going to school with masks on. It has no meaning. ”
Schooley, who was elected to the board in 2019, said she was shaken by Morrill’s approach.
“It planted the seeds of fear in me. I’m not sure who in my community might be a threat,” she said. “When individuals feel entitled to invade my family’s space and bring their grievances into my home, that’s when I draw boundaries.”
“So I apologize if she felt threatened that I sent a completely innocent letter,” Morrill said. “But the Jeffco kids, it’s they who are really at stake.”
Michael Teague, a spokesman for the 1st District Attorney, said, “Our office is unable to bring ethical charges against unprovable crimes beyond a reasonable doubt at trial. .”
He declined to discuss other factors that influenced the decision not to apply.
The clash between Morrill and school board members comes as the Justice Department is deploying law enforcement officials around the country to look into threats and harassment of educators. Attorney General Merrick Garland directed the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s offices to meet with local officials to respond to threats that Garland said were “not only illegal, but contrary to the values of the United States.” core values of our nation”.
The National Association of School Boards seeks federal protection after school board meetings were disrupted and board members threatened.
Morrill, who dragged his two children out of Jeffco and said he and his wife were teaching them at home, insists he did nothing illegal or wrong.
“I’m not ashamed, I have nothing to hide,” he said.
Schooley sees her actions differently.
“We got to a place where we had lost any kind of moral compass about how we should behave with each other as neighbours,” she said.
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