Altercation With Student Prompts Investigation of Fresno Unified Trustee

A newly-elected Fresno Unified School District trustee is under investigation by both the district and the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office following an altercation with a student that was captured on video Friday at Bullard High School.

The footage, which has been released by the district, shows Maj. Terry Slatic forcefully grabbing a student’s backpack and then appearing to pull the student before the student breaks free. Slatic’s aide Michelle Asadoorian was also present.

“We can confirm that there was an incident at Bullard High School on Friday afternoon, January 11, 2019 and consistent with normal protocol, the matter is currently under investigation,” the school district told GV Wire. “This matter is confidential and therefore, we are not at liberty to provide any specifics. We anticipate that additional information may be forthcoming, but we cannot say anything further at this time.”

GV Wire also reached out to Slatic, who says he and his aide were cursed at and threatened by the young man. The altercation started after the student made profane comments to Asadoorian, he added, at which point Slatic suggested they walk to the office. The student resisted and then allegedly threatened Slatic’s life.

Asadoorian was apparently so shaken by whatever the student said that she needed escorting to her car. She and Slatic immediately reported the incident to the school’s vice principal and Fresno police.

The police department has handed the matter over to the district attorney’s office, while the school district carries out its own investigation.