The 15-year-old student, whose identity is protected by the district due to his age, was one of four students interviewed during the investigation. He said he was sitting by the snack bar waiting for Super Snack, a free afterschool meal provided by the district, when he saw Slatic and Asadoorian walk by. He told the investigator that he didn’t know who either adult was.
“The two adults were talking to each other and [redacted] heard one of them say, ‘Let’s go over here.’ [Redacted] said he was joking and trying to be funny when he said, ‘Yeah.” The woman then turned to him and said, ‘Excuse me? What?’” the report says. “[Redacted] said ‘Nothing.’ The woman then asked him what he was doing or who he was waiting for, or something to that effect. [Redacted replied by saying, ‘None of your damn business.’”
The boy told the investigator he tried to walk away when the adults approached him, but when Slatic kept following him, he told the adult, “Leave me (expletive) alone.”
“He said the man got mad and grabbed the backpack [redacted] was wearing. [Redacted] tried pushing the man away, but he was big and ‘did not go anywhere,’” the report says. The student then squared off with Slatic thinking that he was going to have to fight him, but did not want to because the adult was much bigger.
“After they squared off, [redacted] said he told the man, ‘I’m going to beat your ass and shoot you.’ [Redacted] said he did not have a weapon and was not really intending to shoot the man, but he was scared,” the report says.
The report says that the student said Slatic told him, “All right, let’s go. You sure you want to go?” before Asadoorian stepped forward and said no, meaning that she did not want them to fight. The student says after he ran away, he didn’t tell anybody about the incident over the weekend and that he “kind of forgot about it.”
The student said he wasn’t injured and that he wasn’t sure if there were any witnesses, but there may have been someone in the snack bar at the time.
“He laughed and said, ‘I think I saw her in there, but I smoke too much weed,’” the report quotes the boy as saying.
Attorney Roger Bonakdar, who represents the teen, said Friday evening that he hadn’t had a chance to review the report with his client yet, including the minor’s statements to the investigator.
“I think the report shows that Slatic was the aggressor, and that’s out of the bag now,” Bonakdar said.
Bonakdar said the district erred in having the minor student sit with an investigator and a campus resource officer without his guardians’ prior knowledge or consent. He does not know yet if the student’s family will pursue legal action.