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Greg Gay Confronts His Alleged Childhood Bully, Dr. Lance Hindt, Current Superintendent of Katy ISD.
At the time of this writing, the video below has over 12 Million Views, and 208K shares
This man says his childhood bully is now the superintendent of the local school district—and he finally confronted him
Posted by NowThis on Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Here is the timeline and links to documentation:
February 19th 2018 – School Board Meeting w/ Public Comments
I addressed the Katy ISD School board about the issues my children have faced over the past few years in their district. One of which involved my son being teased after his brother passed away. Here is my statement:
I published this video on Facebook and promoted it to my community. I began receiving dozens of responses from others who have had similar problems. One man messaged me and told me he had a story about Lance Hindt, and wanted the bullying in KISD to stop. His name was Greg Barrett, but his legal name is Greg Gay. He wished to speak at the next school board meeting. I left multiple voicemails with the school board to follow-up, but received no communication from them. Nothing.
I met with Greg and his wife over coffee to hear his story in detail. He told me many stories of Lance Hindt bullying him, one of which was when he had his head shoved in a urinal. I explained to him how the process works when speaking to the board, to the best of my understanding.
March 19th – School Board Meeting w/ no public comments
After Greg and I arrived in the lobby of the school board meeting to sign up to speak, I received a typo-riddled response from the assistant to the deputy superintendent, telling me that they investigated all of my allegations (the issues my son had), and they’ve come to the conclusion that all allegations were untrue. This investigation did not include me or my son, or any evidence we might have to the contrary, of which I had. Basically, they called me a liar on all accounts.
When the public comments came up, at the end of the meeting, I again addressed the board explaining that the board has not answered the questions I asked them over a month ago, and asked them what it would take to get a response to address these issues. As I went to sit down, Dr. Hindt responded to me, refused to let me return to the microphone, asked me yes/no questions that he expected me to shout at him, and then shared with everyone that KISD has no record of my oldest son every attending KISD. I was confused, and unsure how this was relevant, because the son I was speaking about who WAS bullied DID attend KISD, but Dr. Lance appeared to want to discredit me in public. The next name they called on was Greg Barrett.
KISD issues a press released statement from Dr. Lance Hindt.
Here is the statement:
“It was difficult for me to listen to a gentleman Monday night recount a bullying incident he said occurred more than 35 years ago. As superintendent in three school districts in Texas, I have always tried to create an environment where every student is safe — physically and emotionally. But when an individual impugns my character and reputation as the instigator of those actions, I am disappointed because it simply is not true. I do not recall this person from my childhood. I did not graduate from the same high school as Mr. Barrett, though we did attend the same junior high in 1978. And my junior high principal — Mr. McMeans — would never have let me (or anyone else) get away with the actions he described.
I do not suggest that Mr. Barrett was not bullied, only that I was not part of it. Bullying is wrong. Period. It was then and it is today. At Katy ISD, we are always looking for ways to make our campuses and our students’ safe. I am proud to lead a district that is not afraid to confront bullying behavior — whether in person or online. We are always challenging our teachers and principals to identify harmful behavior and to intervene as necessary.”
Chris Dolan, a fellow student of both Greg and Lance, comes forward as a witness to the incident in the bathroom.
Video here: https://business.facebook.com/abetterlegacy/videos/204648403624962/?business_id=862637683807176
National News picks it up
The View (ABC) discusses this issue: Video here.
Inside Edition covers the story, and it makes the front page of Yahoo.
AJ’s video gets 3.1k shares and 1.6M views as of this writing.
Supporters of Greg and victims of bullying come forward to protest in front of the school board meeting.
In the meeting, the President of the board, Ashley Vann stated:
“The district found itself in the middle of a national media storm last week,” Vann said, adding that “viral videos, edited tape, false statements, and gotcha moments are part of our modern news cycle and social media culture, yet often these frenzied attacks lack context and distort truth.”
Vann said the board “fully vetted” Hindt before hiring him as superintendent two years ago, which drew applause from many in attendance.
“We understand the optics from last week made it seem like we are insensitive to allegations of bullying,” Vann said. “However, that could not be further from the truth. Sometimes moments like this remind us of why we became so passionate about public education. Even if the facts are not exactly correct, or if motives are unclear, it gave us a chance to look at what more we can do to continue to erase the bullying at Katy ISD.” Source: http://thekatynews.com/2018/03/28/kisd-trustees-issue-statements-of-support-for-superintendent/
Lance made the statement: “Only one person will judge me,” Hindt said. “That is God, my Lord and savior. That’s who judges me.” Video
I’m tipped off about a lawsuit Dr. Lance Hindt was involved in when he was 18. The plaintiff was hit by Lance Hindt and put in a coma for 5 days. I posted a story about it here, with court documents.
Here is the plaintiff’s petition: https://abetterlegacy.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/24729697.pdf
Fox 26 covers the lawsuit: (video) http://www.fox26houston.com/news/more-brutality-emerging-in-katy-isd-superintendents-past
Fox learns that Vann was incorrect in her statement, and finds the settlement documents: Video here. A Former Katy ISD Board Member at the time, remaining anonymous, says the personal injury case was not disclosed to the board of trustees during the vetting process.
Nitant Patel, recent graduate of Katy ISD starts a petition to remove Dr. Lance Hindt. This gained 1300 signatures by the time the Houston Chronicle covered it, and has well over 5,000 signatures today.
Another petition started a bit later by Rory Robertson, a member of the community in support of Dr. Hindt, which now has over 2,000 signatures.
Dr. Hindt writes a letter to the staff apologizing for the negative publicity. http://abc13.com/society/i-did-dumb-things-katy-isd-superintendent-says/3293668/
A sitting circuit court judge in Alabama who went to school with Dr. Hindt confirms that Dr. Hindt was a ‘vicious bully’.
Video of Judge Carpenter: http://www.fox26houston.com/news/judge-says-katy-superintendent-was-once-a-vicious-bully
Houston Chronicle’s Lisa Faulkenberg writes up a great piece about this issue: https://www.chron.com/news/columnists/falkenberg/article/Where-s-the-compassion-for-bullying-victim-12803517.php
At this point, many parents, teachers, administrators, KISD employees, counselors, janitors, and bus drivers have been reaching out to me sharing with me their stories of abuse they’ve witnessed in this district. Many begin coming forward and sharing their stories, here’s one from a special ed para professional:
An Open Letter From A Katy ISD Special Ed Paraprofessional
Through my years in Katy ISD as a mentor, employee and parent I have seen evidence of complacency in these areas with regard to making a sincere difference in the lives of children in our district or assisting children in managing the bullying they are subjected to.
As a mentor I have presented real problems, in the life of my mentee, to my assigned liaison only to have my concerns abruptly dismissed, haphazardly investigated and subsequent emails ignored.
As an employee, I have witnessed first-hand bullying by teachers toward special education students. I have personally reported acts of abuse, by staff members, to have them not investigated and the abuser either reassigned to another campus or in one instance, offered a permanent position in the classroom where the abuse occurred. As an employee I have personally experienced what happens when you try to report abuse and are not on board with the “brush it under the rug” mentality that is common place in Katy ISD – at least on certain campuses. When a legal issue that was being ignored, at the campus to which I was assigned, resulted in my resignation, I called to expose the issue and to date, 9-10 months later, my call has still not been returned.
As a parent, I have a child who suffered bullying for two years at a Katy ISD campus. One instance involved an inappropriate picture of my child. In none of these instances of bullying was the other student or students punished. I asked to file a police report with the Katy ISD police department and was denied to do so by the AP of that campus and the officer despite evidence, despite a direct threat being made to my daughter by her bully and despite witnesses to the threats.
I feel that at the campuses I have been exposed to through these positions, consistently show that we have significant issues, within those campuses at least, and make me question whether my experiences are limited to these campuses or if they are indicative of a larger issue. I would like to see Katy ISD implement a stricter ‘zero tolerance policy’ with regard to bullying. I would like to see more consistency with how bullying is handled. I would also like to see more compassion and less discipline for students who report bullying, try to avoid their bully, but are forced to defend themselves in the event of a physical attack.
Lots of radio stations covered the issue, here is TheBlaze’s Pat Gray’s take. (skip to 51:08)
Corey Taylor Talks, a web show for teens interviews Greg, and we learn much more about where Greg is coming from. Video.
A teacher organizes a rally to do a prayer circle around Hindt to uplift him with positive energy.
April 16th – School Board Meeting w/ Public Comments
Glenn Beck weighs in: https://soundcloud.com/glennbeck/bullied-busted-and-bleeding
150 or so attend the prayer circle for Dr. Hindt, all were peaceful. Here’s the video I recorded from the prayer circle: https://www.facebook.com/abetterlegacy/videos/217099555713180/
Here is a short video from the prayer circle where Dr. Hindt says he wants to meet with Greg Gay, the interviews are shut down as soon as I correct him: https://business.facebook.com/abetterlegacy/videos/217097179046751/
Here is the video of citizens coming forward to share their stories to the board. I decided that I had tried for 2 months to speak to the board, so I turned my back, which from what I can tell is not against the rules, yet they descended the police upon me and took my microphone:
Here is the video of all public comments from the meeting, including someone from another district coming in support of Dr. Hindt, and a few others in support of Dr. Hindt: https://www.facebook.com/abetterlegacy/videos/217200699036399/
Jenn Talks Forever shares her outrage at the whole situation: https://youtu.be/V4zF4ntr0vI
Lance Hindt’s doctoral dissertation is discovered to be very similar to another dissertation written 4 years prior, learn all about it here.