Poway Elementary School Principal Ordered by Court to Not Harass Two Parent Volunteers

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Via a signed stipulation, Principal Watson has now been ordered by the Court not to harass, annoy or intimidate the Giles when they are on campus

Lynn and Tom Giles, parents voted Highland Ranch Elementary School Site 2009 Volunteers of the Year, felt they were being harassed after reporting safety concerns to Principal Anita Watson and to Poway Unified School District officials, according to court documents. As a result, the Giles filed for a restraining order against Principal Watson.

Via a signed stipulation, Principal Watson has now been ordered by the Court not to harass, annoy or intimidate the Giles when they are on campus. The court case name is Giles v. Watson and the Superior Court of California, County of San Diego case number is: 37-2011-00090083-CU-HR-CTL.

Court records state that in early 2010, Tom Giles reported safety concerns to Principal Watson at Highland Ranch Elementary—the Giles concerns’ were exacerbated after a known sex offender was seen on campus. Giles later reported the same concerns to Poway Unified School District officials when he noticed that Watson failed to take corrective action after several weeks.

According to court documents, actions that caused the Giles to feel harassed included following the parents when they volunteered on campus, using code words over staff radios to refer to the Giles, among other actions. Mrs. Giles believed the actions ordered by Watson resulted in Watson, some teachers, and the noon duty staff taking time away from teaching and student supervision to monitor and report Mrs. Giles’ location on campus. After efforts to discuss this situation informally with PUSD officials did not ameliorate the issue, the Giles filed for an injunction.

As a result of Principal Watson’s actions, the court case states, the Giles had to move their youngest child to another school. The Giles would like to make other parents aware of the potential for Anita Watson and the PUSD causing parent volunteers that report safety concerns to feel harassed, annoyed and intimidated.

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