Texas superintendent allegedly demanded his ex-mistress get an abortion, assaulted her, court docket doc reveals

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Newly launched paperwork obtained by Fox Information reveal the main points of household violence allegations in opposition to Spherical Rock Impartial College District Superintendent Hafedh Azaiez, and the college board’s alleged actions to defend him. 

Two fathers had gotten arrested for allegedly disturbing college board conferences after one among them talked about a court docket continuing in opposition to Azaiez. The varsity district suspended Azaiez final month after the Texas Training Company beneficial suspension as a result of accusations the superintendent confronted from his former girlfriend.

The Travis County District Court docket offered Fox Information with “An Software For A Protecting Order” (redacted model right here) in opposition to Azaiez. Lawyer Normal Ken Paxton ordered the doc launched, in line with Texas Scorecard. In that doc, a lady who recognized herself as Azaiez’s girlfriend from Sept. 2018 to Dec. 2020 after which from Feb. 2021 to June 2021 claimed that when she informed Azaiez she was pregnant together with his little one, he demanded that she get an abortion, and when she refused, he assaulted her in her dwelling, which put her in peril of a miscarriage. 

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Surprising allegations

When the lady knowledgeable Azaiez of the being pregnant on June 24, 2021, he had simply signed a contract to grow to be the Spherical Rock ISD superintendent. “He was very fearful about the potential for shedding his job,” the lady wrote in her utility for a protecting order. “He was very indignant and accused me of doing this on function to destroy his profession and household.”

“Mr. Azaiez then began to threaten me verbally on telephone calls and on textual content messages,” the lady wrote in her utility. “He requested me to have an abortion in order that he wouldn’t lose his profession and household. I used to be very upset at this, and I mentioned no to an abortion and informed him that I had made up my thoughts to have the kid.”

When she requested him to go to her physician’s appointment, he refused, the lady claimed. “He began to actually attempt to intimidate me by telling me he was able of energy, and he continued to accuse me of defaming him and that he can be fired.” 

She requested him to tell the Spherical Rock college board, and “he mentioned the college board president [Amy Weir, at the time] was conscious and had provided to guard him, she was informing him of every little thing and assured him he wouldn’t lose his job. Up to now, I had heard conversations between him and the college board president plotting issues and preserving issues from different college board members.”

“I really feel very intimidated by this lady Amy Weir the college board president as she is telling everybody I’m mendacity in regards to the abuse,” the lady added.

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She claimed that on July 6, 2021, Azaiez got here to her dwelling and demanded she get an abortion. “He grew to become so indignant he grabbed my arms with pressure, shaking me and shoving me till he threw me to the ground,” she wrote. “I developed bruises and since this assault and I’ve had some bleeding and recognizing in my being pregnant and have been suggested by my doctor that I’m threatened to miscarry the being pregnant.”

The lady repeatedly referred to this incident as an “assault” within the doc. She reported the incident to police, however no prices in opposition to Azaiez have been filed.

In a textual content message chain hooked up to the doc, the lady wrote to Azaiez, “No I cannot get an abortion I’ll pay the results as you threatened me. This child has a heartbeat. I cannot kill it.”

Round Rock ISD photo of Hafedh Azaiez

Spherical Rock ISD picture of Hafedh Azaiez
(Spherical Rock ISD)

“For the final time I’m telling you please get an abortion you do not know what you might be getting your self into,” Azaiez responded. “I’ll make you pay this you’ll not make me lose every little thing … Do not make me go after you and make you pay the results for you and this child.”

On July 18, the lady referred to as the police, reporting that somebody had damaged into her dwelling. An iPad, two iMacs, and a diary had gone lacking. She suspected Azaiez, though he has not been charged for the crime.

Azaiez’s lawyer’s response

Mary Nix, the lawyer representing Azaiez, famous that “all purposes for protecting orders, together with the one to which you refer, include ‘allegations’ that are unproven and aren’t ‘info.’ As I succinctly acknowledged in a January 5, 2022 press launch, we’ve got goal proof that the alleged assault, which is the genesis of this controversy, didn’t happen and we imagine that proof to be incontrovertible.”

“Lastly, understanding that the appliance to which you refer incorporates unproven allegations a couple of private matter, the Spherical Rock ISD college board rightfully made its hiring resolution primarily based on Dr. Azaiez’s skilled {qualifications},” Nix added.

In her Jan. 5, 2022, press launch, Nix wrote that “the non-public dispute between Dr. Azaiez and the third-party complainant was amicably resolved and there’s a confidential settlement settlement. An agreed-upon civil restraining order was entered into by and between Dr. Azaiez and the complainant.”

Nix didn’t elaborate on the character of the proof, moreover repeating that it’s “incontrovertible.”

Azaiez’s former girlfriend declined to remark to Fox Information.

The arrests

The Williamson County Sheriff’s Workplace arrested Jeremy Story, a father of seven youngsters who lives within the district however whose youngsters attend college outdoors it, and Dustin Clark, a father of 4 youngsters in RRISD faculties, on Sept. 17, 2021, on one misdemeanor cost every of “Hinder Continuing by Disorderly Conduct.” 

Jeremy Story getting escorted out of a Round Rock ISD school board meeting.

Jeremy Story getting escorted out of a Spherical Rock ISD college board assembly.
(Jeremy Story)

The cost in opposition to Story traced again to an Aug. 16 board assembly wherein Story tried to voice considerations about Azaiez. Throughout that assembly, then-Board President Amy Weir lower Story off, warning him not to talk about a subject unrelated to the assembly’s agenda. After he uttered the phrases “protecting order,” RRISD police escorted him out of the assembly.

Weir beforehand informed Fox Information that “there has by no means been an try to silence Mr. Story.” Jenny LaCoste-Caputo, a spokeswoman for the college district, mentioned, “At no time had been audio system not allowed to talk in accordance with state legislation and board coverage at a Spherical Rock ISD board assembly.”

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“I’d offered paperwork for this [application for a protective] order to the board months in the past,” Story informed Fox Information Digital shortly after the doc’s launch. “I additionally testified to them within the college board assembly.” 

“Despite all this proof, 5 members of the board have labored to cover their very own illegal actions and the superintendent’s,” he added. Neither Azaiez nor members of the college board have been charged with violating the legislation or have been accused {of professional} misconduct.

Story claimed that the board had completed a lot to “violate my free speech rights and silence me and put me in jail.”

He referred to as on the TEA to increase its investigation and he demanded that members of the college board examine “themselves for their very own malfeasant actions.”

“If the board is really harmless, they’d welcome such an investigation,” Story claimed. But the board lately voted, 5-to-2, in opposition to an investigation.

Story additionally shared with Fox Information paperwork he obtained via a Freedom of Info Act request: a Travis County Sheriff’s Workplace report of the break-in on July 18, and an alleged assault report, naming Azaiez and the lady.

For his half, Clark mentioned the publicly out there doc “confirms my suspicions, and corroborates the data I had been made conscious of again in July of 2021 relating to the allegations of assault by the Spherical Rock ISD Superintendent in opposition to his pregnant mistress.” He described it as “surprising” to study that Azaiez allegedly informed his former girlfriend that “Weir had assured him she would assist defend him through the fallout from this.”

Weir didn’t reply to Fox Information’ request for touch upon these claims. She doesn’t face accusations {of professional} misconduct.

“The allegations of assault, and allegations of collusion by the Board President are reprehensible, and neither get together ought to be allowed to make selections that contain the over 45,000 ladies and youngsters in our college district,” Clark informed Fox Information Digital. He claimed that when he and others spoke out, “Dr. Azaiez and Board President Amy Weir escalated tensions by collaborating to suppress speech.”

He talked about a Sept. 14, 2021, college board assembly wherein RRISD solely arrange 18 chairs in a room that accommodates 300 individuals, and prevented members of the general public from getting into. “These actions gave the impression to be an effort to intimidate mother and father and management the optics by arbitrarily proscribing the capability of oldsters and neighborhood members allowed within the boardroom,” Clark mentioned. He spoke up at that assembly, was eliminated by police, and was arrested three days later.

He referred to as the board’s actions “additional makes an attempt to suppress and intimidate different neighborhood members from talking out about these allegations of home violence, and the next effort to disregard and conceal it from the general public.” (In Texas, violence in opposition to a courting accomplice can be “courting violence,” not “home violence.”) He referred to as on each Azaiez and Weir to “do the precise factor by resigning in order that this neighborhood to start to heal.”

A rush to rent Azaiez?

Story and Clark, together with two college board members – Danielle Weston and Mary Bone – had expressed considerations about Azaiez through the hiring course of. Story had beforehand claimed to Fox Information Digital that Azaiez – who had beforehand served as superintendent at Donna ISD – “had used the police in his former district to silence a 68-year-old grandmother.” (In each Spherical Rock and Donna ISD, superintendents command a faculty board police pressure, separate from native and state police.)

He offered a June 14 video of law enforcement officials delivering a trespass warning to Raquel Gonzales Martinez, an order barring her from setting foot on college grounds for 2 years. Martinez mentioned she had uncovered corruption, however Donna ISD and LaCoste-Caputo declined to touch upon the incident. Fox Information doesn’t have proof corroborating alleged corruption.

Regardless of these considerations, the 5 different college board members voted to rent Azaiez moderately than wait to research him.

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Amy Weir, who served as board president on the time Azaiez was employed, declined to touch upon the doc to Fox Information Digital. Amber Feller, the present board president, pushed again on the concept the board rushed Azaiez’ hiring.

Round Rock ISD Board of Trustees President Amy Weir

Spherical Rock ISD Board of Trustees President Amy Weir
(Spherical Rock ISD)

“The superintendent search was on no account rushed,” Feller informed Fox Information Digital on Thursday. “The method included a number of focus teams with a whole lot of stakeholders, 5 community-wide conferences, and a neighborhood survey that yielded 5,000 responses to find out a candidate profile, and adopted the everyday timeline for a superintendent rent in Texas. The nationwide search started in early March 2021 and Dr. Azaiez was named the only finalist in late Might. A state-mandated 21-day ready interval adopted, and Dr. Azaiez was formally appointed in June.”

“The allegations detailed within the court docket doc occured after Dr. Azaiez was employed, so it’s not attainable for the Board to have heard these allegations previous to his appointment,” Feller famous. “Right now, these are allegations and, as we’ve got acknowledged up to now, no prison prices have been filed. On condition that the Board has engaged an exterior investigator and is awaiting that remaining report, I cannot be commenting additional. Dr. Azaiez stays on administrative depart through the course of the investigation.”

Round Rock ISD Board of Trustees President Amber Feller

Spherical Rock ISD Board of Trustees President Amber Feller
(Spherical Rock ISD)

Kerri Rehmeyer, a former member of the board from 2010 to 2017, informed Fox Information Digital that the method to rent Azaiez was certainly rushed, nonetheless.

“The method was rushed,” she mentioned. She in contrast this course of to the method of hiring one other superintendent in 2014. “It took a great six months, and this [Azaiez’s hiring] was like nothing.”

Failing the kids

Danielle Weston, one of many two board members who urged warning in hiring Azaiez, informed Fox Information Digital that she wouldn’t touch upon the claims within the doc. Nonetheless, she did touch upon the board’s actions. The 5 members of the board who oppose Weston and Bone have tried to censure them.

Danielle Weston and Mary Bone, two trustees at Round Rock ISD. 

Danielle Weston and Mary Bone, two trustees at Spherical Rock ISD. 
(Spherical Rock ISD)

“I imagine the board has failed to search out frequent floor to enhance academic outcomes for our 47,000 valuable college students,” Weston informed Fox Information Digital after the doc’s launch. “As an alternative, the Spherical Rock ISD board majority continues to insist on doubling down on too many dangerous selections to rely.”

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“The result’s that we’ve got seen no enhancements within the literacy or numeracy of scholars, declining instructor morale and a declining pupil inhabitants,” Weston added. “Not each trustee has youngsters on this district however I do and I care deeply about this neighborhood that has been ailing served by the board for the final eight months. Our youngsters deserve so significantly better.”

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