Statement of Charges Against Gilbert Public Schools Teacher

Update: GPS withdrew all charges rather than try to prove any of them to be true. Sarah retains all her legal claims against the district.

NEW! Gilbert Public Schools Board Member Apologizes for the District's Retaliation Against Sarah

Sarah received a .pdf document containing the Statement of Charges, which includes personal information that makes it possible for anyone at Meridian Elementary School to identify the students who were in Sarah's class, the accused bully and victims alike.

Unlike Gilbert Public Schools officials, Sarah refuses to publish personal, private information about her students. Redactions that appear in the Gilbert Public Schools documents are solely to protect the privacy of Sarah's former students. If you want the original document, you'll have to get it through a Gilbert Public Schools Public Records request.


The Statement of Charges includes incidents that date back to the 2010-2011 school year at Meridian Elementary School. The first charge is about the bullying Sarah reported.

Incidents in the Statement of Charges are about internal Gilbert Public Schools investigations. Legitimate workplace investigations offer employers a chance to correct any problems internally; the cardinal rule is that an employee who makes a report in good faith cannot be retaliated against, whether or not the charges are substantiated.

Legitimate workplace investigations also should be prompt, impartial and remedial. Sarah formally reported bullying on February 7, 2011, and asked repeatedly for help for her students. The school year progressed with no appropriate response from Gilbert Public Schools superintendents, who could have solved the problems quickly. Instead, 179 days elapsed until the last day of school, with no help for Sarah's students. Sarah believes that some of the parents of victims of bullying never were told that their child was being bullied and harassed at school.

In this case, attorney Denise Lowell-Britt was authorized to begin an investigation on March 24, 2011. The investigation file revealed that attorney Denise Lowell-Britt actually had been advising the district about the situation with Sarah since March 9, 2011. Denise Lowell-Britt concluded her investigation at sometime in June, but the outbriefing of her report did not occur until August 5, 2011.

Redacted Statement of Charges document from Gilbert Public Schools.

Update: GPS withdrew all charges rather than try to prove any of them to be true. Sarah retains all her legal claims against the district.

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