15 January 2023
Don't Be a Bully

Office of Deputy Superintendent

255 Capitol St NE

Salem, Oregon 97310

Dear Deputy Superintendent:

We are concerned citizens who are requesting the results of the investigation by the Salem Keizer School District regarding the incident in which Osvaldo Avila, after a JV football game, put his hands on a referee in anger and threatened to report him to the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA), using his position as a school board director as leverage. We realize OSAA banned him from games until next September. However, he has remained a school board director. We find this unacceptable.

The physical altercation occurred November, 2022, and we have yet to receive a notice of conclusion or consequences by the Salem Keizer School Board, Oregon Department of Education, or the Oregon State Board of Education. We would respectfully like to know where you are at in the process of this investigation?

There are two issues in play here.

Schools have the responsibility to maintain a safe learning environment for all students. No one is above the law! Bullying fosters a climate of fear and disrespect that is contrary to the interests of everyone.

Not only has Director Avila embarrassed the community and school district and displayed a bad example of public behavior to every student in the 2nd largest school district in the state, his behavior has enormous other costs, potential and real, to our community.

COST TO DISTRICT: Harassing behavior that can lead to criminal charges generally refers to acts that cause the targeted victim to fear for their safety or suffer severe distress, according to online legal sources,(criminaldefenselawyer.com/crime-penalties/federal/....)

Bullying/harassment can financially devastate a district. A misdemeanor conviction for harassment can carry the potential of jail time (often up to a year) and fines. A felony conviction can mean up to 5-10 years of prison time. Verdicts of $4 million - $5.25 million have been awarded in these types of cases.

COST TO STUDENTS Oregon has lost nearly a thousand high school sports officials in the last few years — a drop of almost 30 percent, according to an article by Allison Frost (OPB), Sept 4, 2022, because of behavior like Mr. Avila's, which comes back to bite the kids in the back when they can't find an umpire to referee their games!

RADIO -Dave Miller: From the Gert Boyle Studio at OPB, this is Think Out Loud. I’m Dave Miller. Between 2018 and 2021 Oregon lost nearly 1000 high school sports officials. It was a drop of almost 30%. Refs and umps for younger athletes, like for Little League games, have also declined. This was happening before the pandemic, due to many factors, including terrible behavior on the part of some parents and fans, but it’s gotten even worse in the last few years.

It’s led some games to be canceled, and it means that some high school football games, famously shorthanded as Friday Night Lights, will have to be played on Thursdays or on Saturdays.

So why exactly are referees and umpires calling it quits and what would it take to reverse this trend? Jack Folliard is the executive director of the Oregon Athletic Officials Association. Camron Rust is the head of the Portland Basketball Officials Association. They both join me now, welcome to TOL...."

RUST "...when it becomes threatening language, or very harassing or angry language towards both the officials and perhaps the opposing team, it’s really crossed the line, and nobody should feel unsafe out there or feel attacked, whether it’s the other team’s players or the officials or anybody in the facility. It’s just not appropriate for the game to rise to that level of intensity." opb.org/article/2022/09/04/referee-shortages-in-or...

On top of that, Director Avila has just not been a nice person. He refused to meet with parents when he was Chair if he didn't like what they had to say. He continually allowed rude and nasty comments from a far-left youth organization that had supported his campaign, as a flagrant display of favoritism. He posted online fallacious comments criticizing parents who questioned the District making children wear masks, even though the District had welcomed public comment on the subject. salkeiz.k12.or.us/news/board-chair-statement-aug-2...

It appears that Director Avila has a lot to say about other people's behavior yet can't even control his own.

Therefore, it is our opinion that it is in the best interest of the Salem Keizer School District to hold Director Avila accountable for his unacceptable behavior as a role model for children.

WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND that Director Osvaldo Avila:


Concerned Citizens

SK We Stand Together

cc: OSAA

cc: Department of Education

cc: Oregon State Board of Education

cc: Salem/Keizer School District

Katherine Stone. M.A., QMHP, CADC I

Linda Farrington, Chair SK We Stand Together

71 verified
  1. Linda Jean Farrington, Chair Sk We Stand Together, SK We Stand Together, Salem
  2. Ellie Mallek, Lpn, SkWeStandTogether, Salem
  3. Mike Mallek, Tech writer, Skwestandtogether, Salem
  4. William James Goad, Construction Manager, Parent, Salem
  5. Patti McConville, Retired teacher, Salem
  6. David Farr, Oregon DHS Analyst, Keizer
  7. Julie Farr, Exec Assistant, Keizer
  8. Megan Lippold, Project Manager, USA
  9. Bobbie Rogers, Project Coordinator, Valor Mentoring, Keizer
  10. Anna Munson, Retired, Salem
  11. Samuel Hall, Retired, Architect, Salem
  12. Rhonna Bassett, Homemaker, Salem
  13. Jen Jacobson, Businesses Owner, Silverton
  14. Josie Alexander, RN, Lake Oswego
  15. jeri martin, Retired teacher, Salem
  16. Tara Pyle
  17. martin james bellows, Referee, SBOA, Salem
  18. Linda Robinson, Retired, Salem
  19. Alma Nelson, retired, previously a teacher, West Salem
  20. Stephanie Brenden Brenden, Mount Angel
  21. TJ Tomlin, Teacher, Salem/Keizer Schools, Salem
  22. Kari Zohner, Director of Operations, Touch of Mink, Salem
  23. Amanda DuBois, Nurse practitioner, Salem
  24. Marcello De Cicco, Self employed, KEIZER
  25. Lisa Greenwood, Self-Employed, West Salem
  26. Brenda Clarke, Retired, Salem
  27. Susan E Holmes, Retired, Salem
  28. Tyrus Nicholson, Salem
  29. Kappy Nicholson, Teacher, Salem-Keizer School District, Salem
  30. Pamela Kniffin, Retired, Salem
  31. Terry Berry, Ret. ODE, Oregon Dept of Education, Salem
  32. Janelle Coakley, Retired RN, Salem
  33. Miriam Brand, Retired, Citizen, Salem
  34. Chelsea Eichenauer, Mom, Salem
  35. Deb Romano
  36. Martin Bassett, physician, SALEM
  37. Misty Bingham, Mother, SK We Stand Together, Salem, OR
  38. JGutierrez, Pilot, Salem
  39. Yolanda Solis, Retired, Salem
  40. Mark Gilman, Retired teacher, Salem
  41. Vanessa Hunt, Writer/speaker, Salem
  42. Martha Eslinger, Office Manager, Mother, Salem
  43. Gregorio Rodriguez, Bilingual Instructional Assistant, Salem-Keizer School District, Salem
  44. Stephanie Kotka, Wilsonville
  45. Marci Hines, Retired, Salem
  46. Amanda Shore, Paramedic, Keizer
  47. Julianna Hales, Keizer
  48. Angela Plowhead, Psychologist, Salem
  49. Marw Arnold, Teacher, Salem
  50. Bret D Wilcox, Contractor, SK We Stand Together, Salem
  51. Sharon Eppley, Retired, Keizer
  52. Denise Ramos, Salem
  53. Irina Thomas, IA, Salem
  54. Janell Kolenc, Realtor, Salem
  55. Suzanne Heringer
  56. Weston Heringer III, Retired, Salem
  57. Megan DuLong, IA, Keizer
  58. Joey Barros, Law Enforcement, Keizer
  59. Michelle Lilly, Teacher aide, Salem
  60. Katherine Ellen Stone, MA, QMHP, CADC 1, --select an item-, Keizer
  61. John McConville, Retired CEO, Salem
  62. Debra Wilson, Retired State Employee, Dallas
  63. Tamra Burleson, MA, Licensed sub (currently inactive due to district policies), 24J, Keizer
  64. Charlotte Hottmann, Salem
  65. Megan Stuck, Salem
  66. Lois Meerdink, NA, Salem
  67. Beth Freeborn, Principal, Salem
  68. Jay Eichenauer, LTL Driver, Salem
  69. Tamara Karschnia, Paralegal, Concerned parent, Salem
  70. Carol Long, Retired, Salem
  71. Joelle Camillo, SK Parent, Salem
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