No Criminal Charges After Altercation Between Fresno Board Trustee and High School Student

A physical altercation between Fresno Unified School District trustee Terrence Slatic and a high school student that was captured on surveillance video won’t result in criminal charges against either party. The Fresno County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday that it will not file any charges in the case. 

CalSchoolNews covered the incident last month. Slatic claims the altercation started after the student made profane comments to a female aide, at which point Slatic suggested they walk to the office. The student then resisted and allegedly threatened Slatic’s life.

The “threat to Mr. Slatic, in conjunction with the recorded video and statements of witnesses, resulted in the legal conclusion that the prosecution would not be able to disprove that Mr. Slatic acted in self-defense,” according to a DA press release.

On the other hand, “there was no evidence that Mr. Slatic was in sustained fear,” meaning prosecution against the juvenile would not be provable beyond a reasonable doubt.

An internal review has also been completed by the district, but its findings will not be revealed publicly until the board has a chance to review it in full.


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