Dear Editor,

I want to thank Jared DuBach and the Voice for breaking the story of the Title IX sexual assault lawsuit brought against Macomb School District 185. Mr. DuBach implicitly recognizes the historical import of the suit. His reporting is rigorous and thorough.  
I want 185 administrators to act more human, but this is something that cannot be forced. What we can do, however, is force them to follow the law, and publish it in the paper when they don’t.
I have attempted to engage, in person, in productive dialogues with the superintendent. Many parents have. In 2014, parents filled his conference room to promote scientifically accurate sex education, but I never saw or heard him indicate that he could understand how an adolescent girl might feel after finding herself unexpectedly pregnant because in health class an adult told her condoms weren’t effective, so there was no point in learning how to use one correctly.  
When I left his conference room that afternoon with other parents, I felt exhausted. Had he really just told us that we were arrogant and shouldn’t tell him how to do his job? We pay taxes, we pay attention to the law. I felt like he’d hijacked the schools from us.
I’ve had conversations with him since then—by email and in person.
It’s maddening. Macomb 185 belongs to tax payers, not administrators. He should listen to us and indicate that he values our input.
  As Voice reporting (2/28/18) on the Board of Education meeting made clear, parents and a student spoke with genuine care for our schools, but the superintendent did not thank us.  
He did not say, “I understand why it’s important to you to trust that your children are safe.”
He did not say, “Thank you for caring.”
Instead, he criticized us.
I want our institutional leaders to act a little more human, a little more able to listen, a little more able to show that they understand how parents and students are feeling during this crisis. Words are not enough. I want both a change in policy and change in leadership.
Administrators who’ve chosen to jeopardize student safety and betray confidence are not in a position to remedy this crisis.
While the 185 administration cannot talk about the lawsuit, citizens can. This newspaper is not under a gag order, and I hope others will write letters in response to the ongoing news coverage.

Holly A. Stovall