Mar 30, 2017

Why is the Del Norte parking lot fenced off at EHS and why has the school district not told parents the reason?


Eureka High School parents wants to know why the Del Norte Street parking lot has been fenced off for about a week.

Some parents have reached out to Suprintendent concerned why parents have no information or notification why.

Word/rumor circulating is a neighbor threatened students with a gun.

EPD Chief Andrew Mills also sent a respinse.

I have contacted Suprintendent Fred Van Vleck for comment on all of the above.





This is his response:

There is not a lot of information I can share, but I will let you know what I can:

There is an active investigation being conducted by EPD.  You will need contact them for information regarding the status of the investigation.  As a part of this investigation, it was suggestion by EPD to Principal Johnson that we close the Del Norte parking lot.  Principal Johnson made the decision to follow their recommendation and I support her decision.  Communication to parents was given the Friday before the lot was closed via our autodialer system.  Other than proximity of parking there is no impact on students as we still have ample parking.  As the investigation concludes, we will revisit the reopening of the parking lot.

Also EPD Chief Andrew Mills respinded:

EPD has spent a considerable amount of time investigating incidents around the school and between one neighbor and several students. We have also spent time conducting enforcement around the school to create a visual presence.  The incidents have ranged from alleged threats with a firearm, to harassment, vandalism, hit and run and assault by parents.  I read the multiple investigations written by Chris Jenkins and believe that they were thorough and proper using sound judgement.  While the incidents are very troublesome, the displayed gun did not rise to the level of a criminal complaint based on witness statements. 

The firearm and threats cases were sent to the District Attorney for review, but EPD does not expect complaints to be issued. 

Captain Stephens and Crime Prevention Officer Suzie Owsley are working to schedule a mediation between all parties, the school, kids and parents and resident.  This assumes that people are willing to be reasonable and meet with mediators.  I would expect the first step in that process would be next week.  The first step is for Captain Stephens to sit down with the school, kids and neighbor separately and gage their willingness to be involved and reasonable.  Mediate will then be scheduled in an effort to reduce tensions.

I would hope and expect all sides are reasonable and cooperative as this issue needs to be resolved in the interest of all parties. 

7 comments:

  1. YES!!! Thank you John, this is what happened.....the man across the fence of the parking lot did pull a gun and point it right at a kid. Little to nothing has happened and there have been more recent happenings. He recently chased a kid down the street with tire iorn and bumped into a kid in the cross walk with his truck bumper for walking too slow. Something HAS to happen before something horrible happens.....please anybody that has more on this, comment about it.

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  2. Yes, this true. The parking lot is closed off because of issues and altercations between one neighbor and students. This mostly starts because of the "noise level" of the students vehicles. The neighbor has threatened, chased and attempted to assault students. This guy even hit a student with his vehicle and then wanted to fist fight him. The neighbor has made statements to both parents and students that he is "with the Sheriff's Office" and if anybody assaults him, it's the same as assaulting a deputy. Upon checking, he is not in any way associated with the Sheriff's Office.
    The school has taken a stance to be "firm" on the students to detour them from having any further issues with the neighbor. This includes; shutting off the parking lot, suspension for arguing or engaging with the neighbor and enforced parking tickets. This tactic does not appear to be working and has only created further tensions between the neighbor,students,parents,the school and now EPD. The school has an open campus policy and they have no control over where students can and cannot park, however some school officials have deemed their powers to be and are telling students what and where they can go before school. This includes public parking on a public street.....
    As far as the statement above from Chief Mills, I don't know you and cannot judge you, however, as the story goes, it appears that Officer Jenkins did not investigate above listed crimes thoroughly. If he has completed an investigation to your satisfaction, perhaps the standards has been lowered. The chief complaints I have knowledge of, are Officer Jenkins did little to no follow-up, kept parents out of the loop for thier minor children, intentionally avoided contact to list a few.
    As far as the gun incident, that was swept under the rug quickly by Van Fleck. There was no lock-down in place and Van Fleck said he does not want to use a lock-down, as the kids will get to use to it...huh?%@$@#
    Does this have anything to do with the fact that your own kids is in the middle of things with the neighbor????
    Speaking of the neighbor, he has at least two off campus incidents with students. Why is this happening? Why is this guy looking for the kids....what is his motive?? Rumor is he threatened a student with a tire iron last week....but I guess rumors are just that....
    I hope something happens soon to resolve this, before a student gets wrapped up into this guy's mess of a life and ruins his own....

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  3. I reported on statements and information from parties in this case. This has nothing to do with my opinion of the investigation so where you draw that conclusion is beyond me. Only I have reported on this, despite that all parents concerned want to be anonymous. File a formal complaint with your concerns. This is not the venue for that unless you just want to vent, which is fine.

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  4. I reported on statements and information from parties in this case. This has nothing to do with my opinion of the investigation so where you draw that conclusion is beyond me. Only I have reported on this, despite that all parents concerned want to be anonymous. File a formal complaint with your concerns. This is not the venue for that unless you just want to vent, which is fine.

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  5. Nothing towards you John Chiv, I am aware of a lot of facts and was only getting out my opinion and frustration with the powers to be. Please post away on this subject, the public needs to know!

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  6. That's what I thought. Feel free to post and share. It seems "officially" I have received the responses I am going to get.

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  7. The anger shown by the resident has to be investigated thoroughly by the PD and school. He is a threat to the health.safety, and welfare of the student. Johnson and Van Fleck are pussies and liberal examples of spineless administrators who dodge conflict and cower under pressure. Not addressing the confrontations by the resident makes me questions whether he's a"good ole boy" and the PD is letting it slide??Kinda wonder, don't you think so too? What if there was a neighbor on each block pissed off at the students parking near their house(S), them by the standard set by the "pussies", all the streets would be closed off!!!! Grow some balls PD and school wimps and solve this problem before you get sued by parents for dereliction of duty!!!!!!!!

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