SLATIC’S PER­SPEC­TIVE

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Slatic’s state­ment says he and Asadoo­rian were on cam­pus to ob­serve the lit­ter­ing that oc­curred af­ter Su­per Snack.

How­ever, the in­ves­ti­ga­tor notes that Slatic re­fused to answer any ad­di­tional ques­tions about the in­ci­dent, other than to di­rect the in­ves­ti­ga­tor to re­fer to his state­ment to the cam­pus re­source of­fi­cer on the day of the in­ci­dent.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tor says he also tried to ask Slatic about state­ments he had made to GV Wire, in­clud­ing a claim Slatic had made that the stu­dent had reached into his backpack as Slatic closed the dis­tance be­tween them. Slatic told the in­ves­ti­ga­tor he stood by those com­ments, the re­port says. The stu­dent de­nied reaching into his backpack in his state­ment.

The re­port in­cludes the in­ves­ti­ga­tor’s sum­mary of what Slatic told to the cam­pus re­source of­fi­cer, in­clud­ing that the stu­dent had threat­ened Slatic and Asadoo­rian as they were walk­ing past him. Slatic also told the cam­pus re­source of­fi­cer that he had grabbed the backpack be­cause the stu­dent’s iden­ti­fi­ca­tion would be in­side. Slatic said Fri­day evening that he re­ferred the in­ves­ti­ga­tor to his com­ments to the re­source of­fi­cer be­cause four weeks had elapsed since the in­ci­dent when he fi­nally sat down with the in­ves­ti­ga­tor. The re­port says Slatic sat down with the in­ves­ti­ga­tor at 1 p.m. Jan. 28.

“Any lawyer in the world would tell you that you might say, ‘small dog’ when you mean ‘puppy.’ That’s law school 101,” Slatic said. “But some­how ‘re­fer to the re­port’ be­came ‘Slatic re­fused to answer.’”

Slatic said his at­tor­ney, Charles Manock, is putting to­gether a re­sponse to the re­port that will be re­leased some­time in the next week. He said he does not in­tend to pur­sue charges against the district, and has a trustee meet­ing sched­uled with Su­per­in­ten­dent Bob Nel­son on Mon­day, but does not in­tend to dis­cuss the re­port.

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