DPS publicly criticizes 9NEWS coverage - here's our response

On Thursday, Oct. 19, Denver Public Schools released a letter criticizing 9NEWS' coverage of allegations of racism against the Weld Central High School football team during the Sept. 22 football game. 9NEWS stands by its coverage of these events, and its commitment to transparency and accountability.

On Sept. 23, Manual High School Principal Nick Dawkins released a letter accusing the Weld Central team of bringing in a Confederate flag and using racial slurs. That letter was redistributed by DPS chief communications officer Nancy Mitchell on the district’s homepage, Facebook and Twitter accounts. Mitchell wrote in an internal email released to 9NEWS, “we expect this will be the focus of media tonight and possibly tomorrow.”

The letter was covered by multiple news outlets, including 9NEWS and it contained allegations against the Weld Central football team and Weld Central students that were not substantiated and later retracted in a joint letter from both the Weld County Superintendent, Greg Rabenhorst and DPS Superintendent Tom Boasberg. 

The following links show 9NEWS coverage to date from the initial letter from the principal to our continued efforts to uncover where those allegations originated.

Oct. 16 – 9NEWS sees some surveillance video from Manual, Weld Central game http://www.9news.com/news/local/next/9news-sees-some-surveillance-video-from-manual-weld-central-game/483870836

Oct. 11 – DPS principal’s shifting claims of racism revealed by internal email http://www.9news.com/news/local/next/dps-principals-shifting-claims-of-racism-revealed-by-internal-email/482652620

Sept. 28 –DPS releases letter praising Manual principal, calls him courageous http://www.9news.com/news/education/dps-releases-letter-praising-manual-principal-calls-him-courageous/479391548

Sept. 27 - Kyle's thoughts on Denver Public Schools backing off its allegations of racism against Weld Central's football team. https://www.facebook.com/Nexton9NEWS/videos/479096985807374/

Sept. 26 Joint statement from DPS and Weld County: There was no Confederate Flag http://www.9news.com/news/local/joint-statement-from-dps-and-weld-county-there-was-no-confederate-flag/478928126

Sept. 26 – Kyle sees a double standard in Denver Public Schools’ handling of two recent scandals. https://www.facebook.com/Nexton9NEWS/videos/479057792477960/

Sept. 26. – Holes in Denver principal’s letter leaves unanswered questions http://www.9news.com/news/local/holes-in-denver-principals-letter-leaves-unanswered-questions/478905336

Sept. 25 – Commentary: Something heinous happened under the Friday night lights http://www.9news.com/news/local/next/commentary-something-heinous-happened-under-the-friday-night-lights/478603803

Sept. 25 – DPS defends principal who accused rural school of racism http://www.9news.com/news/local/dps-defends-principal-who-accused-rural-school-of-racism/478613667

Sunday Sept. 24 – Racism allegations from Manual HS principal prompt rebuttal from Weld Central http://www.9news.com/news/local/racism-allegations-from-manual-hs-principal-prompt-rebuttal-from-weld-central/478380716

Sunday Sept. 24 – Dispute over flag at football game http://www.9news.com/news/local/dispute-over-flag-at-football-game/478221600

Saturday Sept. 23 – Manual High School letter regarding Weld County game http://www.9news.com/news/local/sept-23-manual-hs-vs-weld-/484838242

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