In case you missed it, the five-month investigation into 23-year-old Denver school board director Tay Anderson has concluded.
In a 96-page report that was turned over to the school board last week, an independent investigation firm was not able to substantiate the most serious allegations against Anderson, which included one claim of more than 60 instances of sexual assault against Denver Public Schools students.
However, the report did verify some behavior by Anderson that the school board deemed unbecoming of one of its members, including flirtatious interactions with DPS students and some social media posts that were perceived as “intimidating witnesses” in the midst of the investigation.
On Friday, the school board voted 6-1 at a special board meeting to censure (or publicly admonish) Anderson, with Anderson being the one “no” vote. Anderson, who has vehemently denied the allegations from the beginning, took the opportunity to share the personal attacks he and his family have endured since the accusations surfaced.
At a press conference just before the censure vote, Anderson criticized the move, specifically rebuking the scrutiny of his behavior as a teenager, and describing the censure as “reeking of anti-Blackness.”
A few protesters attended the press conference, including one DPS parent with a megaphone calling for Anderson’s resignation. The board doesn’t have the authority to remove members, and Anderson said he intends to finish the remaining two years of his term.
👉 What you can do:
- Dive deeper into the investigation in today’s City Cast Denver episode, as Chalkbeat reporter Melanie Asmar helps parse out the facts of the summerlong saga.
- Tune into a public address from Tay Anderson about his future with Denver Public Schools tonight at 6 p.m.
☔ Do mine eyes deceive me? Today’s high is topping out at a cool 69 degrees, with chances for showers all day.
— Peyton Garcia, (@peytonmgarcia)