School says no to Reid's court-ordered talks with students
Incident too recent in minds of students, superintendent says
Clay Community Schools has declined a court-ordered provision of a Carbon woman's probation that required she do community service at the district's two high schools.
Kelsey Reid, 20, was sentenced in Clay Superior Court on Wednesday on two counts of involuntary manslaughter for an April 2013 incident where she was driving too fast and crashed, killing her two passengers.
Included in her sentence of 18 months on probation was that she complete 40 hours of community service, which included making presentations to Northview and Clay City high school students on the dangers and consequences of speeding.
But, in an email obtained by The Brazil Times, Clay Superior Court Judge Blaine Akers said the school district declined those planned talks.
In a letter dated Friday to Akers from Clay Community Schools, Superintendent Kimberly Tucker explained the district's decision.
"With regard to the plea agreement for Kelsey Reid, I have spoken with administration at the building level and do not believe that it is in the best interest of students to receive Ms. Reid as a speaker," Tucker writes. "The incident is too recent in the minds and hearts of many, and I am not confident that the speaker will make a compelling enough statement to articulate the appropriate message for students. We, therefore, respectfully decline the opportunity to have Ms. Reid speak to either high school student bodies within Clay Community Schools."
Akers wrote that although he was disappointed with the school corporation's decision, he respects it.
"The school corporation obviously has had to make a tough decision based upon information they have obtained," Akers told the Times. "Unfortunately, there was not sufficient time to work this out before the close of the school year. A victim impact statement is what was requested in the plea agreement approved by the families of the victims and there will be such a forum in proper time and place."
Reid was sentenced on both of the Class D felony charges to 18 months in prison; however, all of it was suspended except for one day plus credit time she spent in jail on May 22.
Included in the 18-months probation, were 90 days in-home detention, as well as revoked license and other requirements.