Amid protests and shouts from angry parents, the DPS Board said it has spent $50,000 on the investigation into Tay Anderson and sexual assault allegations against him.
KAREN LEIGH: The cries for a Denver Public School Board member to step down are getting louder. Today, recent grads and other students protested School Board Director Tay Anderson. Anderson has been under investigation since April for a previous allegation, and more allegations did surface in May. He spoke out then denying all allegations. Jeff Todd working on the story for us tonight. And, Jeff, you were at today's protest.
JEFF TODD: Karen, these incidents are alleged to be somewhere above 60, and the school district wants to connect with some of those potential victims. They were at the protest today handing out these cards trying to let these potential victims know that they have rights. This did not sit well with protest organizers saying that the district is continuing to intimidate these students.
GIGI GORDON: Feeling like they're going to be the next victim.
So it's really just about the kids trying to find their voice.
JEFF TODD: When Gigi Gordon first heard about the allegations against Director Tay Anderson, she started organizing.
GIGI GORDON: We're asking for Tay Anderson's name to be removed from all of our diplomas, and we are asking for the Board to release a statement urging Tay to resign from his position permanently.
JEFF TODD: Gordon's diploma that she earned last month is still sitting at her high school. Her disgust follows unconfirmed allegations in the dozens against Anderson. He has consistently denied them.
GIGI GORDON: I worked 12 hard and long, incredibly hard, through a pandemic years for my diploma, and I am also a sexual assault survivor. And I think that to have somebody like that on my diploma, it's upsetting.
REBECCA KENDERDINE: --that the girls are not here, but I think they're intimidated, or they're scared about showing up.
JEFF TODD: Rebecca Kenderdine is a retired teacher from Colorado Springs who drove up to Denver with other teachers to protest and support, because she's dealt with allegations like this before.
REBECCA KENDERDINE: Provide any help that they need, or any guidance, or direction, because they don't know what to do. They don't know where to go.
GIGI GORDON: It's affecting our district. It's affecting our school. It's affecting our little sisters and our little brothers that have to go to that school. And that's really all that we should be worrying about is school and not about if our little sister is going to be the next victim.
JEFF TODD: We reached out to Anderson's attorney for a statement and have not heard back. Today, the School Board released a lengthy statement saying in part, "That people who have experienced sexual harassment need to be heard and supported, and those accused need to receive due process." We're live in Denver tonight. Jeff Todd, covering Colorado first.