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That mom who was called a “slut” on Twitter was charged with assault in September…

Last week we told you about the infuriating and somewhat sad tale of Brett Allred. He’s the lobbyist who lost his temper and wrote some very mean and inappropriate things to a married mother of five on Twitter.

Well, it looks like Brett Allred isn’t the only one who knows how to lose his temper. Yesterday, NewsOK.com reported that the married mother of five who was the target of Allred’s ill-advised attack— Rachel Hernandez — was charged with the hideous crime of “outraging public decency.” The charge stemmed from an incident that occurred at Deer Creek Elementery School last September.

From NewsOK:

Rachel Renee Hernandez, 32, of Oklahoma City, was charged Monday with outraging public decency, a misdemeanor, in connection with a Sept. 9, 2011, incident at the school, 4704 NW 164.

Hernandez, according to a probable cause affidavit, became irate over her child’s school records from the previous year and refused to leave school property.

Deer Creek’s principal said Hernandez followed staff around campus, interrupted normal school activity and used profanity in the presence of children, a deputy reported.

Hernandez refused to cooperate with the deputy and refused to leave school property, stating that “if I touched her she would punch me,” the deputy said.

When the deputy attempted to take Hernandez into custody, she “became combative and struck me in the head with a file folder,” the deputy said.

Earlier this month, a judge dismissed three felony charges against Hernandez — assault and battery upon a police officer, resisting arrest and trespassing — at the request of prosecutors, court records show.

Did you notice that there is no comment or statement from Rachel Hernandez or her attorney that gives her side of the story. Not even something like “Ms. Hernandez refused to comment.” Fortunately (or unfortunately), we’re here to do the dirty work for a publication that refers to itself as “the state’s most trusted news.” We talked to Rachel, and this is an ultra Cliff Notes version of what we learned:

One of Rachel’s five kids is deaf and was about to enroll a Pre-K education program at Deer Creek Elementary School. Rachel and the Deer Creek School District butted heads on the level of specialized educational assistance her child should receive. In fact, their headbutt was so large that Channel 9 did a story on it.

Because of the problems she had with the district, Rachel decided to transfer her kid to Wilson Elementary School in Oklahoma City. They were going to be more accommodating to her kid’s special needs. But for the transfer to go through, she need some sort of special paper work from Deer Creek. She went to the school to pick up the paper work, was told it would take 45-days, and yada yada yada, she “allegedly” lost her cool and was charged with three felonies…that would later be dropped.

Here are my thoughts on thing:

• First of all, I’m going to do something the Oklahoman would never do. I’m going to admit I’m biased. As I mentioned in last week’s post, I got to know Rachel when she was in charge of the Exchange on Film Row. She was always cool and nice to us, and would give us free tickets to overpriced events and tell us which girls at these events were easy. Just kidding. She would actually just point out the ones who smoked.

• When this story hit NewsOK.com, I received way too many emails, texts, Facebook messages and G-Chat pings from Ogle Moles. They wanted to know if I was going to write about this. If I was going to expose Rachel for being a mentally unstable heathen with anger-management issues. If I was going to “settle the score.” Well, I’m not going to do that, because I don’t think there’s a score to settle.

I’m not trying to justify or defend what Rachel allegedly did, but comparing her actions to that of Brett Allred seems like a reach. Yes, what they both did was pretty stupid and inexcusable, but trying to compare the actions of an upset mom who’s trying to stick up for her kid seems a little different than a random lobbyist degrading and verbally assaulting that mom on a public platform called Twitter.

• The re-filing of the charges and the timing of the article on NewsOK.com seems a bit weird. Why wasn’t this news when the “attack” first took place, or when the D.A. dropped all felony charges? This is all speculation, but you have to think that sticking up for Brett Allred had something to do with this, right? Or maybe it’s all just one big happy amazing coincidence. I’m sure that’s what it is.

• Anyway, hopefully this ends the bizarre story of two oddly connected people who probably need to enroll in some anger management classes. We wish them both the best of luck, and hope they learn from mistakes. We also hope the Oklahoman continues to provide us with their high-level of journalism excellence.

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Comments

  1. One event has nothing to do with the other.

    This is our local version of what Fox tried to do with the Trayvon Martin shooting down in Florida. It’s nowhere near as horrible but it’s the first thing that came to mind while reading this article.

    • What if I told you she was wearing a hoodie when she flipped out at the school? What would you say then?

    • Sue? Yeah, I agree that’s a bit too much. But The Oklahoman was certainly irresponsible with this conveniently timed “report”. I’d like to see this looked into further.
      I agree about losing your cool and having self-control. Brett Allred should have known better.

  2. I might have gone a little nutso if I was trying to get help for my son and some school administrator was blocking the way.

  3. There are better ways to handle such sensitive situations, but as a mother of a special needs child, I understand (don’t condone, however). At least she didn’t go on a public forum and call them irrational sexist names. Love your website, by the way. It’s nice to have someone telling it like it is in a place that thinks renaming the state motto to “in god we trust” is a good idea.

  4. This kind of press makes me openly LOL when the mustachioed Daily Oklahoman employee at a long table asks if I’d like a “free gift.”

    Pathetic excuse for a newspaper.

    Also, area mom is hot.

  5. Rachel is HOT. Her son has special needs and she wanted what’s best for him. Brett went nuclear because Rachel didn’t share his political beliefs. Rachel wins.

    • hahaha I see what you did there! You put “The Oklahoman” and “ashamed” in the same sentence! Instant comedy!!!

      And I don’t get the hotness comments… Yes she is way hot but what does that have to do with some asshole calling her a slut?

  6. It’s possible the reporters who comb through such records would not have recognized the name had it not first appeared recently on this blog. I think it’s quite likely you underestimate your own influence and overestimate Allred’s. If one is to draw conclusions from his Ethics Commission filings, he is struggling to get a lobbying career off the ground. That career has probably flat-lined, justifiably.

  7. What Rachel did was wrong as what Brett did. In my opinion, both suffered from momentary lapses of good judgement and both have suffered in some way or another. I do not know what was going through their minds, or happening in their lives, at the time of their lapses so I will not condemn either.

    Your line…”We wish them both the best of luck, and hope they learn from mistakes.” sums it up perfectly.

  8. #1 The 5 kid thing makes total sense now. (see picture)

    #2 I have a “coworker” who has had problems with DC and their dealings with special needs kids, for what its worth.

    • FWIW, I’ve heard similar things about Nichols Hills Elementary and how they deal with learning disabled children of not-so-well-to-do parents.

      • It’s not worth anything. Why bring up NHE? No relevance to the story..

        • It’s obviously worth enough for someone like you to stop and reply to my post.

          Hahahaha!

          And yes, my post does have relevance to this story since part of this discussion relates directly to learning-disabled children.

          To paraphrase the great Sheriff Buford T. Justice, you need to go back to grammar school and slap yo teacher right in the mouth! Lol!

          • You are correct. I did respond. However, that is not some sort of indicator or measurement of value of your ill informed post.

  9. Are you suggesting the D.A. would refile charges because of Brett Allred? That’s kinda silly. You know Prater’s a Dem and Allred’s a Republican and there’s no connection there? Sometimes shit just happens.

  10. Glad you shared her “side” of the story, but we all know there are always 3 sides to every story. Yours, Theirs, & the Truth. No where has Deer Creek’s side been shared. There may be legit reasons for the 45 day wait, etc. Financially, Deer Creek is doing better than just about every other district in the state, so who knows why they would cancel such a program. Also, Special Education laws are a pain in the butt. So before she gets painted as an over-protective Momma Bear, I think Deer Creek should get to chime in.

    As for the comparisons to Mr. Allred…IMO, Rachel went too far by starting the blog. Being an asshole to an asshole doesnt make it any better. Don’t feed the hate.

    • She should have just stayed quiet and let the bully (Allred) rage out without a reply? Although his twitter avatar may have been Don Draper, this isn’t the sixties. As for Deer Creek, the 45 day wait was the tip of a two year iceberg of obstacles keeping a deaf child from being recognized as having a special need.
      You’re absolutely right. In a utopian society no one would have reacted. There would be no emotions behind actions. We would all love each other. I love you TheOtherSide.

    • Hey TheotherSide, this is Rachel. I’d be happy to show you documents that show the school was found in noncompliance with federal law. I’d also be happy to show you documents that show the school’s position was that my profoundly deaf daughter “did not have a disability”. Regardless, we moved our family because what is important is that she receive a quality education. And to address my rebuttal to Brett (which contained no name calling no cursing btw), am I not allowed an opportunity to voice my response just as you have right here above me? I get accosted for no reason and you can judge me on a blog but I can’t say anything? And please keep in mind, I have still said nothing about what happened at the school. But there is a reason the charges were dropped. Just as you pointed out, not everything in print is true. And to Jay- we were at Okie Noodling Festival in this picture! Mullets galore! ;)

      • You have my respect and support Rachel. Anyone who takes care of five kids and fights the bureacrats is someone I will stand with.

      • Rachel, You have a lot of well-wishers and people who are more than willing to come to your aid. Feel the love? I hope so, and Patrick please keep us posted as this progresses…

      • I have to agree. I can tell that your mama bear instinct is strong. Kudos to you. And you are still hot. I mean that in the nicest possible way. :-)

  11. Seriously frustrated that not a single person has mentioned the most important point of all of this. There is a dude in overalls and sportin a mullet in the background of her pic.

  12. Having known Rachel for over 10 years now I am not surprised to read that she had lost her cool the way she did. You would think she would have more self control now in her 30′s with a family but I guess not. Also, not sure where people are getting it that she has 5 kids. She and her Chesapeake employed husband (alias Shanky Jones from above posts) only have 3.

  13. Walker and Joey- thanks so much for the kind words. They mean so much. And “Broncho Sis”, thanks for clearing everything up…we all feel better now. Live and light, Rachel

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