Central Valley High School science teacher Scott Winslow is facing felony criminal charges for his role in a road rage incident on June 9.
The school district placed Winslow on paid administrative leave on Monday, said district spokeswoman Melanie Rose. The district was unaware of the charges until receiving a packet of court documents in the mail that morning, she said. The same documents were mailed anonymously to The Spokesman-Review.
A driver identified in court documents as Nanette Brown told police that a large SUV was tailgating her as she drove north on Nevada with her 3-year-old sons in the back seat. She made a quick turn onto a side street in an effort to get away but the other vehicle followed her, the documents said.
Both drivers got out of their vehicles and Brown told police that the driver, identified as Scott B. Winslow, became very aggressive and said that she cut him off. She got back inside her car and Winslow then allegedly kicked her car door and threatened to kill her, the documents state.
In an interview Monday Winslow said he thinks Brown mailed the documents to the school district and the newspaper. “She’s a stalker,” he said. “I’ve seen her follow me. I’ve seen her on my street. It just shows who truly has the rage.”
Police interviewed a witness who said he saw Winslow kick Brown’s car and heard the threat. The man told police he tried to intervene but Winslow allegedly swore at him.
According to court documents Winslow told the police officer that Brown repeatedly cut him off and that he believed she was “taunting” him. He said the witness who tried to intervene was “trying to start a fight with me” and denied threatening to kill Brown because he was a teacher and “wouldn’t say that,” the documents state.
Winslow said Monday the court documents don’t include his side of the story. “They didn’t put anything in there about her attacking me with her car on the freeway for 25 minutes,” he said.
Winslow claims he was trying to get away from Brown, but admits getting out of the car because he “wanted to know what her problem was.” When asked why he followed Brown after she turned off Nevada, he said he didn’t recall doing so.
In a letter sent in September to Judge Sam Cozza, who is handling the case, Brown said that the events “continue to haunt me even today” and that she has been prescribed medication for anxiety and inability to sleep. She said she finds the thought of being in the same room as Winslow “terrifying.”
Charges of harassment with a threat to kill and second-degree malicious mischief were filed Aug. 12. A trial is scheduled for Nov. 16.