April 6, 1995 in Nation/World

Parent Charged With Abusing Teachers Anderson Also Charged With Enticing Students To Leave School For Protest

Susan Drumheller Staff Writer
 

Post Falls police have filed charges against parent Inez Anderson, accusing her of abusing teachers and enticing students to leave Post Falls Junior High - both misdemeanor crimes.

Post Falls Sgt. Pete Marion filed the charges after completing an eight-page report based on school district information and interviews with 25 people.

A district court magistrate found probable cause Wednesday to cite Anderson on the misdemeanors related to last week’s protest at the junior high.

“I’m so-oo scared,” Anderson said sarcastically after hearing the news.

The protest was prompted by an incident March 23 when students allegedly overheard another student refer to Anderson’s 13-year-old son, Faheem, as a “nigger.”

The slur was the fourth in two months directed at Faheem, Anderson said. School officials have confirmed two.

One student called Faheem a monkey, another said all blacks should go back to Africa, and a third said blacks should be painting the houses of whites, Anderson said.

In his report, Marion describes a scene on March 24 after school, when teachers witnessed a group of students running across school grounds along with two adults, Anderson and her friend Lisa Tillman. Witnesses said Anderson was encouraging the group to go after the boy who allegedly called Faheem a name.

Teacher Katherine Trecker found that boy sitting in the hall. He told her, “They’re going to get me,” according to the report.

He has not returned to school since, according to school officials.

Trecker and other teachers reported that Anderson and Tillman were shouting, using profanity and were “completely out of control.”

Some of the tirade was directed at Trecker, teacher Randy Allen and school administrators, according to Marion’s report. One teacher told Marion that Trecker was trembling during the confrontation.

Anderson denied that she used obscenities or threatened to close down the school, as teachers claimed. Efforts to reach Tillman for comment Wednesday were unsuccessful.

On March 27, the Monday following the incident, students held a sitdown protest and then went outside. They spent that day and the next protesting racism on the lawn.

Between 50 and 100 students joined the walk-out.

Though several students and Anderson have repeatedly insisted that she did not organize the walk-out, Marion described her as the ringleader.

“Inez took control of the crowd,” Marion observed in his report. “She would be giving the crowd orders and advice. Inez would tell the students to shut up and listen to what was being said ….

“It was clearly evident to myself, the administration and staff that Inez was in control of the situation and orchestrated the incident.”

Anderson said Marion is lying.

“The right thing is not to side with the people who are ignorant, who think they’re going to run me out of town. They’re not,” Anderson said. “My kids are going to stay. They have a right to go to school without being harassed.”


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