Malibu Parent’s Letter: Protecting Children
I am the mother of a child in the TK class and a new Webster parent.
It sickens me to think my husband and I moved to Malibu specifically to have our child attend a wonderful public school like Webster and that already after her first 48 hours of attending the school, we had to pull her out because of your poor decisions regarding the unnecessary use of rodenticides on the campus.
No child should be breathing in these chemicals or accidentally exposed, but she of all children cannot take the risk of being exposed to these chemicals due to being asthmatic and highly sensitive to environmental allergens.
We moved to Malibu under the assumption we were putting our tax dollars toward a school that was both high quality in education and a safe place for children. Instead, already a couple of days into the school year, our experience has been spoiled. Malibu is a health conscious community, and you being the superintendent should know that and be respectful of the wishes of our city and our philosophies.
An empathetic and confident leader would make all her decisions based on how to best protect children, and not make decisions based on legally what she can get away with. You seem to act on false information, archaic ideals, and without a conscience. Your behavior is unconscionable and you should be ashamed of yourself.
You act more like a CEO of a chemical company than a superintendent. How many lawsuits and violations do you have against you? You are supposed to be serving the public, not using our money to legally defend your indefensible actions. Have you ever thought that maybe all this chaos your face is of your own making?
We are not looking for minimum protection, we are looking for maximum protection. These are our children — do you understand this?
Once again, you have poisoned precious humans with cancer-causing agents and seem to have not one regret. A child’s development and toxic exposure have no do-overs, and education and raising children are about teaching by example. Both Santa Monica and Malibu deserve a leader who walks her talk and teaches our children through her actions by standing for the principles and values of the communities to which she serves.
See America Unites For Kids Freedom of Information Act request dated Aug 22, 2015:
There are many other troubling issues with the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District.
1. Student v Wendy Wax Gellis & SMMUSD:
This lawsuit alleges that the SMMUSD and Wendy Wax Gellis are criminally liable for violations of California Penal Code § 11166 and 11172(a) et seq. for filing a knowingly false child abuse report with child services and the police.
Santa Monica Dispatch Article Concerning Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s Retaliatory Acts Against Students and Parents by Filing False Claims of Child Abuse with the Department of Children & Family Services.
See link to News Article here: http://www.santamonicadispatch.com/2009/01/smmusd-vs-student/
The lawsuit alleges that an example of retaliatory action by the SMMUSD and Wendy Wax Gellis taken against this family includes knowingly and maliciously filing a false child rape and domestic violence allegation with the local law enforcement and with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) in retaliation for parent’s exercise of their federally protected right to bring claims against the SMMUSD before the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR).
The family alleges that on December 18, 2013, SMMUSD employee named Wendy Wax Gellis made a knowingly false referral to the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), and to local law enforcement that parent raped her own son. The allegations were determined by all investigating agencies to be unfounded.
For details of this pending Federal lawsuit go to:
2. Student v SMMUSD:
9th Circuit Court of Appeals Case No. 13-55665 & District Court No. 2:12-cv-03059-SVWPJW
For details of this SMMUSD litigation, go to:
The Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District Did Not Act “Reasonably” When It Chose To Conduct An IEP Meeting Without the Parents’ Presence
*Legal Fees in the amount of $215,000 were approved by the SMMUSD’s Board of Education on June 29, 2015.
See link to the June 29, 2015 Board of Education Minutes: Re: Attorney’s Fee Settlement in the amount of $215,000
3. Other Superintendent Sandra Lyon’s Errors in Judgment:
“SANTA MONICA TEACHER WAS RIGHT, SUPERINTENDENT WAS VERY, VERY WRONG”
4. Severe Bullying at Malibu High School and Superintendent Sandra Lyon’s Ratification of the Conduct:
For details of this pending litigation, go to:
LOS ANGELES SUPERIOR COURT COMPLAINT
SPECIAL INTERROGATORY NO. 13:
LIST THE FULL NAME AND JOB TITLE OF THOSE INDIVIDUALS AT SMMUSD (AND/OR MALIBU HIGH SCHOOL) RESPONSIBLE AMENDING/REVERSING CANCELING AND OR OTHERWISE MODIFYING THE DISCIPLINARY SUSPENSION OF DEFENDANT SEBASTIAN SARTORIUS ISSUED IN OR AROUND NOVEMBER 2012.
RESPONSE TO SPECIAL INTERROGATORY NO. 13:
SANDRA LYON, SUPERINTENDENT OF THE SANTA MONICA MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT.
5. PCBS REMOVED FROM SANTA MONICA SCHOOLS BUT LEFT IN MALIBU SCHOOLS
Superintendent Sandra Lyon cares more about protecting landfills than protecting children and teachers.
6. AMERICA UNITES FOR KIDS & PUBLIC EMPLOYEES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY vs.
SANTA MONICA-MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT for the CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA (Western Division – Los Angeles)
CIVIL DOCKET FOR CASE #: 2:15-cv-02124-PA-AJW
See link to America Unites for Kids & PEER’s Complaint against the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District.
Shame on you and the district for continuing to attempt to bamboozle the parents and spending our hard earned tax dollars on lawyers and PR and outrageous and ineffective testing.
7. THE SANTA MONICA MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS FAILED ITS AFRICAN AMERICAN, HISPANIC, DISABLED & ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS AT MALIBU HIGH SCHOOL, SANTA MONICA HIGH SCHOOL & JOHN MUIR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
8. NOVEMBER 2015 UPDATE ON CURRENT HEALTH ISSUES WITH STUDENTS AND TEACHERS AT MALIBU SCHOOLS
There is a statistically significant “relationship” between spending your days at Malibu High School and Thyroid Cancer
The Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District appears to be more interested in attempting to limit their exposure to liability from a toxic tort complaint, rather than to just simply comply with the TSCA, and protect its students and teachers from this continuing harm.
9. The Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District is also spending an outrageous amount of money on litigation.
See list of just some of the SMMUSD’s expenditures to date:
Over $6,500,000 has been spent on lawyers and consultants thus far and still rising!
The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s Superintendent Sandra Lyon should be fired for not adequately protecting the School District’s students and teachers from this continuing harm.
10. The City of Malibu Unanimously Passes a Resolution to Form an Independent Malibu Unified School District
See link to Resolution here: CC150916_Item-1
11. DISTRICT ERROR CAUSES TEACHER WITH THYROID CANCER TO REMAIN IN TOXIC CLASSROOM
Defendant’s Calamity of Errors Validates Plaintiff’s PCB Lawsuit
For details, go to:
The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s Superintendent Sandra Lyon should be fired for not adequately protecting the School District’s students and teachers from all of this continuing harm.
It’s time to fire Superintendent Sandra Lyon
Email the Santa Monica Unified School District’s Board of Education: firstname.lastname@example.org