"As we looked at the totality of the evidence that was gathered, and listening to the statements of the individuals, we felt it was not appropriate to charge anyone beyond these two. The assistant principal first received the information and then was immediately sick. He then called the principal, who was out on medical leave at the time," said Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry.Hester's actions, in particular, are quite disturbing. She communicated in an e-mail to one of Dr. Ferebee's top advisers her plan not to report Taylor's actions to school's police department according to the Indianapolis Star. "I asked that the school police stay out of it so that she is not charged and we can handle from an HR perspective," Hester wrote in her email, "but I don't know if the mom plans to file charges." "We will keep you informed," Hester said in the email. "I received this news at the end of my day yesterday at 5:45 p.m., but the prior events of the day were quite 'full moon-like' as well." The Star added, "Chief Strategist Le Boler, the official who received the email from Hester, said Wednesday she could not speak to the timing of the DCS report, but she noted that things had been moving "so quickly and it was a tight turnaround."
People who've followed Dr. Ferebee's arrival from the Durham Public Schools in North Carolina know there was concerned expressed that he was hiring a bunch of his cronies from North Carolina when he was hired as the district's new superintendent. The late Amos Brown complained about this in his Indianapolis Recorder columns and on his radio talk show on WTLC-AM. Why is this important? Well, Boler and Hester were two of those colleagues from North Carolina that Dr. Ferebee brought aboard with him at IPS. They are his inner circle of closest, trusted advisers. That's why they are working with him in Indianapolis.
People familiar with their working relationship believe Hester communicating her intentions in writing to Boler, whose title is "Chief Strategist" for the school district, was as good as communicating that intention not to involve law enforcement in the investigation to Dr. Ferebee himself. Boler's annual salary started at $136,000, while Hester's starting annual salary was $145,000 a year. Hester provided consulting work for IPS briefly before the board approved the hiring of her and Boler.
The Star says the assistant principal at Longfellow Alternative School, William Jensen, was the first to learn of the parent's allegations against Taylor on February 17. He immediately notified the school's principal, Mark Cosand, who out on medical leave recovering from a stroke. Cosand told Jensen to notify Deb Leser, director of student services. Leser instructed Cosand to notify Hester. Jensen forwarded the information he received from the parent, including explicit messages and photos, to Hester. The following day, Dabney met with Taylor and placed her on administrative leave. That's also the same day that Hester notified Boler that she did not plan to involve police in the investigation.
Boler deflected criticism on her part when questioned about her role by The Star, saying she was not in the operational chain of command for Hester. "Boler told IndyStar that she thanked Hester for the update." "Boler said she did not question Hester's decision because it was not in her 'operational chain of command.' Hester does not report to her." Boler added, "It would be very inappropriate of me to wade in on those matters." "This is an unfortunate situation, but I definitely do not get out of the scope my work." Boler told The Star that she did not report the incident to authorities herself because she believed someone else had already done it.
According to The Star, Dabney waited until February 22 to ask Cosand, who had briefly come into the school from his medical leave to help deal with the situation, to file a report with DCS. She realized when she was preparing Taylor's termination papers that nobody had bothered to report the matter to DCS. Cosand told investigators he had already returned home when he got the message from Dabney and had none of the pertinent details with him at home to go about preparing and filing a report. Cosand then prepared and filed a report with DCS the following day. The investigation determined that Dabney had obtained enough facts to report the matter to DCS as early as February 18. Naturally, The Star doesn't ask any tough questions about Dr. Ferebee's role in the sordid affair. Perhaps it's no coincidence the delay in reporting the incident to DCS made it possible for Dr. Ferebee to receive board approval for his huge pay raise before the Shana Taylor matter became public.