Please help Natalie and her son defend against Del Mar Union School District’s malicious abuse of power and misuse of taxpayer dollars. Natalie is a single mother. She works full-time and takes care of her child with disabilities 100% of the time. After raising concerns that the superintendent's son was bullying her son, filing complaints with the US Office of Civil Rights, making non-confrontational public comments at Del Mar Union School District (DMUSD) board meeting and voicing concerns about the mistreatment of her child, Natalie was silenced and served with a restraining order. The school lawyer, Daniel Shinoff, who other school districts will not retain because of his history of questionable practices, filed three consecutive restraining orders against Natalie and signed them for the individual declarant, Ashley Falls School 6th-grade teacher Caitlin Fallon-McKnight, under penalty of perjury.
Daniel Shinoff then had ex parte communications with San Diego County Superior Court judge Richard S. Whitney (a convicted criminal). Daniel Shinoff had th case specifically moved to judge Whitney, a judge Daniel Shinoff has a pattern of moving his school cases to. Judge Whitney also met alone in chambers with Shinoff, Nadine Schick, and Jenni Huh in chambers without Natalie's consent and in violation of the judicial code of ethics. Judge Whitney, the one-man jury, then refused to let Natalie allow into evidence a survey the DMUSD teachers participated in, which alleged illegal and unethical conduct by Jenni Huh, Nadine Schick, and Holly McClurg. The teachers also stated they feared retaliation.
In granting a five-year permanent restraining order that prohibits Natalie from being 200 yards from any elementary school in her neighborhood, even though her son is no longer attending any DMUSD school, judge Whitney repeatedly called Natalie a “Domestic Terrorist” for filing "complaints" with the US Office of Civil Rights, “sending emails” to the school, and asking for “IEP meetings.” Because of this egregious abuse of power and lack of oversight, Natalie was not allowed to take or drop off her son at Ashley Falls elementary school like other parents. Instead, she had to drop him off over 200 yards away from the school, with what appeared to be an armed security guard waiting for him. Because of DMUSD's actions, Natalie's son missed over 40 school days. And not only was Natalie no longer allowed to make public comments at DMUSD Board meetings, but she was also not permitted to attend her son’s 6th-grade play and his graduation, which was traumatic for them. Natalie sent emails to the DMUSD board of trustees over the past three years asking them for help and requesting a meeting under state law Education Code 49070 to correct false and misleading information in records; however, the board never responded to her, not even once. In addition to all of this, DMUSD, its attorneys, and Ashley Falls Principal Karly Pecorella continue to drag Natalie back into court, including by maliciously claiming she is a vexatious litigant (a case that DMUSD lost), for defending against their actions and asking judge Whitney to jail Natalie and find her in contempt by claiming Natalie had dropped off, and picked up, her son 160 yards away from Ashley Falls school, even though according to Google Maps Natalie had dropped off and picked up her son over 700 yards away (over 500 yards further than the restraining order required).
Besides his egregious pattern of violating fundamental rights and statutory laws, Judge Richard Spencer Whitney is a convicted criminal charged with a felony on two counts. PC 459 burglary and PC 484-488 theft. How is an immoral and dishonest judge like Whitney, even a judge? Judge Whitney is a severe threat to the public and the administration of justice and should be removed from the bench immediately.
DMUSD receives millions of dollars annually under the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Act) in state and federal funding to provide a Free and Appropriate Education in the Least Restrictive Environment (FAPE) to students with disabilities. DMUSD, however, used taxpayer dollars and caused irreparable harm. DMUSD’s actions represent a deeply destructive threat to free speech, equal access, a child's right to FAPE, and a parent's right to participate in their child’s education. Natalie is committed to fighting DMUSD’s efforts to punish her, but it is expensive. The cost for the record and transcripts for the appeal alone is over 10k. She does not have access to unlimited taxpayer dollars as the district and Shinoff have. Please help Natalie fund legal representation, so parents, students, teachers and all voices can be heard without fear of retaliation. Thank you for your support and contributions.
Here is a link to the Channel 8 news story:
Here is a link to Deplorable San Diego Superior Court judge Richard S. Whitney on channel 8 news, angry, embroiled and refusing to recuse:
Here is a link to news articles of some of DMUSD attorney's school cases:
Here is a link to the security guard DMUSD hired to monitor Natalie and her minor child, shouting at them through a megaphone at 7:30 am in a quiet neighborhood before the start of school: https://youtube.com/shorts/_bfHdiaXaoA
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