FUSD trustees will meet about potential lawsuit after incident with student at Bullard

Fresno Bee file

The Fresno Unified Board of Trustees will hold a special closed session meeting Tuesday to deal with an incident involving a student at Bullard High School on Friday afternoon.

The single-item meeting is for a conference with legal counsel-anticipated litigation. Information is limited as the incident involves a minor, but district and law enforcement officials have confirmed that an altercation took place between newly-elected District 7 trustee Terry Slatic and a student sometime after school.

Slatic declined Tuesday to describe the incident publicly, but said that he views what happened as indicative of safety issues district-wide.

“My number one reason for being on the board is safety,” Slatic said. “Once all the facts become apparent to anyone who’s interested, this will come to be regarded a tipping point in the conversation about safety at Fresno Unified.”

Former trustee Christopher De La Cerda said he received a phone call from a concerned parent about an altercation between a Bullard student, Slatic and Slatic’s assistant, Michelle Asadoorian, who was a trustee in the past.

Board president Claudia Cazares added that the district is investigating internally.

“If it were my child, I’d call PD,” Cazares said.

Deputy police chief Michael Reid said he had heard about the incident from a school resource officer on Monday afternoon, and that police are investigating. He said he anticipated that the investigation will conclude by Tuesday morning.

Reid said further updates will come from district spokeswoman Amy Idsvoog.

“The matter is confidential and therefore, we are not at liberty to provide any specifics,” Idsvoog said in a statement. “We anticipate that additional information may be forthcoming, but we cannot say anything further at this time.”

The Bee has requested more information from the district and will update this story when it’s available.