allegation). It also fails to include the fact that the
investigating police officer “found no evidence of criminalactivity” after investigating the February incident.
The story and video also contain inaccuracies andgrossly misleading statements. For instance, the video news clipstates that the police reportstates that Mr. Harris directed astudent to go to his office when in fact, the police reportclearly states that this allegation was made by the complainingparent. By inaccurately attributing the aforementionedstatement to the police, as opposed to the complainant, thestory falsely suggests that the allegations leveled against Mr.Harris have been found credible, when in fact everyinvestigation into Mr. Harris has proven the claims made againsthim to be baseless. The story also makes the inflammatory claim
that “little has been done” in response to parents’ complaints –
a statement that appears patently false, given that all of theallegations against Mr. Harris have been investigated, andseveral reports have been issued finding no merit to the claimsleveled against him.The article and news video also misleadingly claimthat police never spoke with Mr. Harris because of an oversight,when in fact the police report clearly states that the reportwas concluded without interviewing Mr. Harris, who had gone home
for the day, because the investigating officer “found noevidence of any criminal activity.”
The stories also fail todisclose that Mr. Harris was interviewed about the Februaryincident as part of the investigation conducted by SeattlePublic Schools. That report included a summary of an interviewwith Mr. Harris, as well as seven other witnesses, none of whomprovided any testimony to support the allegations leveledagainst Mr. Harris.Also troubling is the reference in the story to Mr.
Harris’ prior arrests that did not result in criminal
As the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s
recent enforcement guidelines regarding the consideration of
arrest and conviction records state, “the fact of an arrest does
not establish that criminal conduct has occurred. Arrests arenot proof of criminal conduct. Many arrests do not result incriminal charge
s, or the charges are dismissed.” The guidelines
also note that African Americans and Hispanics are arrested at arate 2 to 3 times higher than their proportion of the general