ISD Fort Bend reprimands trustee accused of questioning employee’s sexuality, insulting “Hitler”



The Fort Bend ISD School Board voted this week to denounce trustee Denetta Williams and demand her resignation, accusing her of harassing a district employee, violating the Texas open meetings law, ridiculing voters on the networks social and qualifying at least two council members as Nazis.

Directors voted 6 to 1 Monday night in favor of a resolution declaring Williams “unfit for public office” in response to an investigative report from an outside lawyer, which revealed Williams had treated the former executive assistant to the board of directors in an abusive and discriminatory manner. The investigation was sparked by a complaint filed against Williams in June, claiming she had “created a hostile work environment” with inappropriate behavior, including questioning an employee’s sexuality.

Williams voted against the resolution.

The resolution also accuses the Position 5 board member, elected last November, of repeatedly twisting district facts, publicly sharing confidential information from executive sessions, and violating Texas Open Meetings. Act by sending emails to a quorum of administrators regarding the operations of the school system. The resolution also claims that Williams attempted to coerce other board members into making the employee’s grievance “go away”.

Williams, a real estate broker, denied the allegations at Monday’s meeting and said the employee’s complaint against her was false and constituted retaliation. She also claimed that some of the emails included in the investigation were “forged”.

Williams did not respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.

According to the resolution, Williams, who defeated incumbent Allison Drew last November, is also accused of referring to chairman of the board Dave Rosenthal “as Hitler, another director as” Nazi, “staff members as “crooks” and respond to citizens by calling them “toddler brains” and using “offensive emojis”. Williams is also accused of calling other directors and staff “garbage”, “sewage” and “waste”.

Witnesses confirmed hearing Williams yelling at the former executive assistant to the board in an abusive manner, according to the investigation’s findings.

“Williams indefensibly stereotyped (the employee), admitting that she believed he was doing a woman’s job and wondered if he could be gay,” the report read.

The council resolution noted that Williams’ alleged actions were discriminatory and based on gender stereotypes.

The investigation alleged that Williams had discriminated against the white employee on the basis of his race. At the board meeting, Williams called the allegation “disgusting.”

“You can call me a lot of things, but how dare you, as a council, stand up and call me a racist,” she said. “Someone you know, I put every child, every teacher, every principal on my back. “

The executive assistant resigned from his post because Williams “deliberately and deliberately campaigned against him” in retaliation for the grievance he filed, according to the investigation report.

As part of the resolution, the council asked Superintendent Christie Whitbeck to offer the former executive assistant his old job.

The rest of the board also accused Williams of not attending meetings, not participating in the search for a new superintendent and not attending important training events.

According to the resolution, Williams did not attend a principal’s event in Sante Fe “without an explanation, although she said she would attend” on social media.

Williams posted an article about the event on his social media, saying, “I think a trip with the Klu Klux Klan (sic), a serial killer and / or a rapist would be more appropriate,” according to the resolution.

Rick Garcia, a parent of two Fort Bend ISD students, said he believes Williams should step down.

“She’s smart and she made a lot of really good points,” Garcia said. “But the few good things she’s done don’t outweigh the negative environment she’s created.”

Williams ran for the seat of the board of directors as an advocate for underserved students.

“His heart might be in the right place, but the profanity and his attitude towards his colleagues is just unacceptable,” Garcia said. “As a parent, I can’t rely on this. “

Fort Bend ISD mother Kym McMorries said she believes Williams could accomplish a lot with a different approach.

“I believe she really cares about underserved children and wants to do the right thing for them,” McMorries said. “It’s just that she’s so combative that she’s ineffective.”

McMorries said she didn’t think Williams would resign or change her conduct.

“It’s incredibly embarrassing,” she said. “It’s already been 20 terrible months with COVID. We have enough to manage without having this circus.

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