SHELBY, OH - Shelby residents, Ryan and Jennifer Schroeder, sent a letter to the Shelby Board of Education, Tim Tarvin Superintendent of Shelby City Schools, and Shelby Law Director, Gordon Eyster, Friday following an incident that occurred at Shelby's Dowds Elementary School last month.
In regards to the Remington Schroeder incident, we were given this video that was enhanced to make it much clearer and visible to obviously see with the naked eye that Remington, in fact, was pushed. You can clearly see Bob DeLauder's hand on Remington at approximately 1 minute and 20 seconds. Yes, he may have tripped as he was shoved out the door backwards which is no escort. We find it despicable that DeLauder's statement does not reflect the video. There was no attempt on DeLauder's part to assist Remington in getting up. Remington did not collide with the door either. We strongly are requesting you to review the video and the statement again by DeLauder as we were told by several attorneys that this is indeed a crime, a misdemeanor of disorderly conduct, at the least. We understand the Law Director, Gordon Eyster, was in a hurry to the Cavs game on 2-15-17 and needed to leave Shelby by 4 p.m. per Dave Mack and was rushed to review this case. He told us this at approximately 3:40 p.m. that day as he was heading to Eyster's office.
There have been many questionable occurrences since this incident has happened. First and foremost, Tim Tarvin allowing DeLauder to stay on active duty after he viewed this video. That in itself shows the safety of our children at Dowd's and the other children's safety was not put first. We are not implying that DeLauder should have been terminated on the spot, but instead, simply placing him on an administrative leave until things were resolved would have been the correct and safest option for all involved. The hallway video only showed our son and being told we couldn't see that for legal reasons was hideous. No other children were in it as we finally saw on 2-14-17 at 10:30 p.m. after Tarvin was texting Officer Mack while he was taking a police report from Remington at our home questioning where Mack was, as stated by Mack to us, finally giving consent for us to see the video. We originally filed a police report as advised because the comment was made that if we did not file a report, Tarvin would not discipline DeLauder. Comments to board members by Tarvin are totally unacceptable from a person in an administrative position as his. Referring to DeLauder as the "golden boy" and saying "it's the golden boy versus the Schroeders and I won't lose" is absolutely unprofessional and arrogant. Stating "she won't see that video" implies to us this was a game to Tarvin. We find that sickening. A small, defenseless, role model child was shoved to the ground by a grown man and this has never been taken seriously by Tarvin. We were told by a board member that he admitted he handled this case wrong and that Tarvin stated the video "was not that bad" after his viewing of it. Also, including Kristin Kaple-Jones and Paul Walker in that comment saying they agreed that the video was not that bad is absurd. We were reassured by Jones that she never made that comment. To the contrary, Jones told us on the phone after viewing the video that was "inexcusable, indefensible, and Bob was remorseful". Tarvin obviously did not speak the truth here. More importantly, Tarvin's opinion bears no weight of the incident. Our son was shoved down by a teacher, period. Our entire family of nine all truly like DeLauder and would like to see his return after he is deemed stable to be with children again.
Several local administrators from surrounding school districts have viewed the video and are appalled at how this has been handled and that this even happened. We strongly urge all of you to view this video and ask yourself how you would feel if this was your child. We asked for this to be taken out of this jurisdiction by the authorities. We were reassured no bias existed. It clearly does in this district. I truly hope as board members leading this district that you all question the ability of Tarvin to continue as Superintendent. He has proven to us and most importantly to Remington, he does not put safety first. This was a web of deceit and lies that was attempted to be brushed under the rug. Thank God for our Vaydie, who informed us the camera locations. Remington has thanked us repeatedly for protecting him and ensuring his safety. As parents, that's a natural instinct, as it should be from school board members and administrators. This definitely has not been the case with Remington.
Ryan and Jennifer Schroeder
The following email was sent to Shelby's Law Director who ruled, quote, "NO CRIME!!!!" according to Jennifer Schroeder.
In regards to the Remington Schroeder incident, we were given this video that was enhanced to make it much clearer and visible to obviously see with the naked eye that Remington, in fact, was pushed. You can clearly see Bob DeLauder's hand on Remington at approximately 1 minute and 20 seconds. Yes, he may have tripped as he was shoved out the door backwards which is no escort. We find it despicable that DeLauder's statement does not reflect the video. There was no attempt on DeLauder's part to assist Remington in getting up. Remington did not collide with the door either. We strongly are requesting you to review the video and the statement again by DeLauder as we were told by several attorneys that this is indeed a crime, a misdemeanor of disorderly conduct, at the least. We understand you were in a hurry to the Cavs game on 2-15-17 and needed to leave Shelby by 4:00 p.m. per Dave Mack and was rushed to review this case. He told us this at approximately 3:40 p.m. that day as he was heading to your office.
Ryan and Jennifer Schroeder
SHELBY, OH - A video was sent of security footage in the hall of Shelby's Dowds Elementary School, outside of gym showing two male students getting shoved out of class. WMFD had many concerned parents reach out in regards to the situation that occurred at the school.
Shelby Police Chief, Lance Combs, stated that The Shelby Police Department was contacted by a concerned parent saying there was a situation involving her third-grade student and the gym teacher.
Bob DeLauder has been placed on paid administrative leave until completion of the investigation.
In the Shelby Police report by Captain Mack, it stated that the parents explained to Mack that they were upset because their son was thrown through a door and nobody even contacted them to let them know. The mother stated that she found out about the incident because someone sent her a Facebook message.
In a hand-written report sent to WMFD the teacher mentioned how the students were complaining about the basketball drills saying it was "Stupid" and "Retarded" several times during the activity.
Parents informed us that DeLauder told the students that if they did not like participating they could go the principal's office, and then proceeded to grab the one student by the arm and escorted him to the hall.
Shelby Law Director, Gordon Eyster, viewed the video several times from both angles. He also read the documentation provided by the school.
Captain Mack explained to Eyester that the only charge he could find that was close to the facts was Child Endangering 2117.22 B3. Eyester reviewed this entire section and stated that based on the video and other documentation he does not feel this was a criminal act.
The incident was reviewed by Children Services and then was closed. However, according to the brother of one of the boys who was pushed, the case has now been reopened by Richland County Children's Service due to the surfacing of "evidence that was withheld and not initially given to them."
Eyester stated that it does not meet the elements of the offense and was denying criminal charges. Eyester signed the request form and marked it denied.
The investigation included both Shelby Police and Shelby City Schools. Police ruled this as a "personnel issue with the schools". Tim Tarvin, Superintendent of Shelby City Schools, declined to talk with us on camera, but released a paper statement that read:
"The Shelby City School District will not comment on personnel issues. The Shelby City School District takes the issue of student safety very seriously and would not minimize, in any manner, and safety issue involving a student. Furthermore, the Shelby City School District has, and will continue to work diligently to resolve any incident in which student safety may be compromised."