What follows is a timeline of School Board Secretary Tay Anderson’s tenure as a student and a DPS employee and board member. While allegations have not been proven, a pattern of concerning behavior emerges. More disturbingly, Anderson seemingly has no intention of changing his behavior and resigning from DPS in order to allow the kids he purports to care for, a sense of safety.
2013-2017- Tay Anderson attends Manual High School in Denver, CO
2016 – Anderson becomes an organizer for Black Lives Matter while still a High School student at Manual High School in Denver.
2016- Allegedly, Tay Anderson forces a fourteen year-old girl into oral sex with him while in the presence of Hashim Coates, who held allegedly held a gun to her head while in the presence of several other men and underage high school girls.
April 2017 – Tay Anderson files paperwork to run for a seat on the Denver Board of Education, before turning 18 and before graduating from Manual High School. His campaign earned the endorsement of former Mayor Wellington Webb.
May, 2017- allegations that Anderson raped three students begin making the rounds in DPS and leftist BLM circles. One of his more vocal accusers at that time, “T,” completely disappears from DPS and social media. She cannot be located to this day.
October 23, 2017- Hashim Coates, an Anderson friend and staunch political ally, is sentenced to probation and human trafficking classes for a shooting involving prostitutes.
November 3rd, 2017-Anderson comes in third in the DPS School Board race.
November 25th, 2017-Anderson organizes a mini riot outside Inked! Coffee to protest the store’s joke about gentrification. The event ends with tagging and property damage for the small Denver coffee shop.
2017-2018 – Anderson is employed at Manual High School as a student activities coordinator, as a PERA educator at University Park in southeast Denver, as a campus monitor for Aurora Public Schools at Hinkley High School, at North High School as a restorative practices coordinator, and advises the student council, coaches the debate team.
May, 2018- Anderson is found guilty of retaliation by using his social media accounts to intimidate Nick Dawkins, former Manuel High School Principal.
July, 2018- Six board members from Never Again Colorado write a letter urging Anderson to resign from the organization and focus on his school board race, as they alledge that Anderson spent funds inappropriately. The letter also alleges inappropriate conduct towards women and children. Those charges are never addressed, the funds are never accounted for, and Never Again Colorado is dissolved without Anderson’s explanation.
July, 2018- a victim alleges that Anderson asked her sexually inappropriate questions while she asked him for guidance in his office. One question Anderson allegedly asks is whether or not her boyfriend had “popped her cherry.” The victim states that Anderson called Hashim Coates on the phone, his “brother,” while in the victim’s presence, to joke about whether or not she was a virgin.
Spring, 2018- a former student alleges that Anderson acted inappropriately towards several students in Never Again Colorado by sending inappropriate texts and speaking inappropriately to them. At a Never Again Colorado party, he allegedly provides alcohol for the kids, a common theme at such events, allegedly.
August 2018 – Anderson announces his second run for the Denver School Board.
April, 2019-Anderson begins sending senior DPS students to Hashim Coates for assistance with basic democratic party campaigning.
July 27, 2019 – Anderson is endorsed by Denver Teachers Union in his school board race.
October 22, 2019- Anderson tweets a video of himself with former State Rep Rochelle Galindo, who is accused of sexual assault as well as campaign finance violations.
December 10, 2019 – Colorado Democrats roll out a list of nominees for Obama dinner awards. Among the list of nominees for “Colorado Democrat of the Year” is Tay Anderson.
April 15, 2020 – Tay Anderson is recognized by “The Root” among 25 “Young Futurists 2020”.
May 26, 2020 – Tay is given the Dream Big Award from the Juneteenth Music Festival, tweeting “This award is for our work and commitment to African American students and staff in the Denver Public Schools.”
May 28, 2020- Anderson tweets “burn it down” hours before months-long violent and destructive George Floyd protests begin in Denver.
May 30, 2020 – Chalkbeat.org pens an article praising DPS Board Member, Tay Anderson, for his call to end policing in schools.
May 31, 2020- Anderson tweets, in response to State Representative Patrick Neville’s tweet that “burning it down” doesn’t sound peaceful, “Coming from the guy that poses with White Supremacists … HAVE A SEAT, Pat.”
June 1, 2020- Anderson says he is sitting out of a protest because googling himself somehow yielded results that made him believe violence was headed his way.
June, 2020- According to (future) public testimony, the first victims of Tay Anderson began approaching Mary Katherine Brooks Fleming at events, asking for protection from Anderson because he allegedly touched, assaulted, or intimidated them. Between June and September of 2020, all together 62 victims seek help from Fleming.
June 3, 2020 – Tweet from Anderson: “I will do everything in my power to ensure Denver Public Schools are POLICE FREE!”
June 5, 2020 – In an interview with 5280 Magazine, Tay compared himself to Jesus, saying “As a black elected official, it’s like being Jesus. You have to be perfect to everybody.”
June 11, 2020 – DPS votes to phase Denver Police out of schools.
June 13, 2020 – Anderson tweeted this ultimatum: “The neighbors of Stapleton have ONE WEEK to change their name … if they do NOT we will march through their neighborhood to show them : #BlackLivesMatter.”
June 13, 2020- Anderson, still praising masks and school lockdowns, hosts another event with children, a Juneteenth celebration parade at Manual High School.
June 14, 2020- Anderson tweets that by way of his “bad” Stapleton politics, “you’re not ready for my next move…”
June 16, 2020- Anderson hosts another event with children, a Black Lives Matter March, through Cheeseman Park and then over to Colfax.
June 20, 2020 – Colorado Democrats grant Anderson an award as their “Rising Star of the Year.”
June 20, 2020- Anderson hosts another event with children, “A community rally for change,” on MLK Boulevard in Denver.
June 22, 2020 – Anderson forcefully calls for the removal of a statue in Civic Center Park that has a plaque on it, honoring Christopher Columbus.
June 26, 2020- Overnight, vandals tear down the Christopher Columbus statue.
June 27, 2020- Still touting masks and school lockdowns, Anderson hosts an Elijah McClain protest with State Rep Leslie Herrod.
July 2, 2020- Anderson tweets that CU Boulder student Chase Kramis should be removed from school for hate speech he used in eighth grade.
July 5, 2020 – Anderson throws himself a massive birthday party for students at Fuller Park…another event with kids.
July-August, 2020- Anderson sends several suggestive Facebook messages to a minor named “G,” including heart emojis and questions about her bedroom.
July 23, 2020- Anderson attends a Glendale City Council meeting in support of masks and degrades anyone who is against masks. He spars with several locals.
July 29, 2020 – Anderson joins a protest against Denver Police as they try to clean up a homeless encampment. As protesters refuse to leave, and the Police are forced to take action, Anderson is allegedly “pushed” by officers, falling to the ground and hitting his head. He is then escorted to the hospital by a fellow protester, and takes to twitter to inform his fan club that he has suffered a concussion, a “traumatic brain injury”, and a GoFundMe is set up by Anderson’s campaign manager, Tiffany Caudill, for the purpose of covering his medical expenses, raising over $13,000. Anderson later insisted that the money would go to McClain’s family, though there was no further mention of it to confirm that it actually went to the McClain’s.
July 29, 2020 – After released from the hospital, at a press conference, Tay Anderson proclaims “Enough is enough. So let me just be clear: City of Denver – you f*cked with the wrong person… you gave me a traumatic head injury.” (at least two children were standing behind Anderson).
August 2020- An alleged Anderson rape victim, who allegedly needed medical care by way of sutures due to anal tearing, seeks help from Mary Katherine Brooks Fleming, who could not provide medical attention.
September 3, 2020- East High School students lead an anti rape culture protest after they say their allegations of rape and assault within DPS go unanswered.
September 13, 2020 – Anderson is invited on the 710KNUS radio show to discuss the claims made by a local Denver County mom that she has been the target of hate from Tay and others who know him, as well as concerns about the transgender agenda being foreced on our school children without the consent of their parents. His response to Randy Corporon, the attorney and radio host, is to call him a bigot and accuse him of wanting to discriminate against LGBTQIA+ teachers. No actual discussion ever occurs.
September 18, 2020 – Anderson launches a personal Gofundme fundraiser to cover travel expenses for a group trip to Washington D.C. to participate in a protest against filling the Supreme Court Justice seat left vacant in the passing of RBG. Over $12,000 is raised, and none of the money is ever accounted for.
September 25th, 2020 – Anderson proudly announces his admittance into the Democratic Socialists of America organization.
October 5, 2020- When DougCo Commissioner Lora Thomas questioned the violence behind some of Anderson’s protests, Anderson’s crew of failed DougCo commissioner candidate Darien Wilson, City Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca, and Regional Transportation District Director Shontel Lewis claim Thomas is racist.
October 15, 2020 – Anderson appears on the cover of 303 Magazine with Denver Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca and State House Representative Leslie Herod.
October 22, 2020 – While Anderson was supposed to be listening to public comments regarding the expansion of Noel Middle School, he spent the public comment session tweeting about the Presidential debate. He then voted against the expansion, delaying the progress of 161 eighth-graders (made up primarily of minorities and low-income households), strictly based on political biases.
October 28, 2020 – Denver DA Beth McCann announces that there will be no charges filed against Tay Anderson for the July 29th incident involving and altercation with officers.
November 1, 2020 – Anderson tweets: “Every Republican is a racist … now watch y’all lose your shit.”
November 28, 2020-Anderson tweets his “hurt” when his brother brings a white woman to Thanksgiving dinner.
November 30, 2020- Anderson tweets that he had a medical incident at Target and had to be rushed to the emergency room. This was never fully explained.
December 15, 2020- Anderson tweets a suggestive video of himself singing and then later doxes conservatives who contact him with concerns about the video’s inappropriateness.
January 10th, 2021- Anderson throws an “Impeach Trump” rally and tweets that all Trump voters, republicans, and Lauren Boebert are “terrorists.”
February 4, 2021 – Tay is recognized by BET for his fight on the frontlines against racial injustice.
February 7, 2021-Anderson, while visiting his mother in the hospital, loses his temper with Denver Health staff because they do not provide his mother’s status quickly, according to Anderson. He calls them racist during his violent outburst and later tweets that the Denver Health staff is “racist.”
February 24, 2021-Anderson, frustrated with radio host Steffan Tubbs’ coverage of him, tweets that Tubbs is a “klansman.”
February 28, 2021 – Anderson announces that he will be welcoming a baby boy, who he names “Khalil” in May of 2021. Anderson makes no mention of who the mother is, or their relationship leading up to the announcement. He then pens a letter to his future son letting him know that the world hates him already because of the color of his skin, and outlining all the ways he will be disadvantaged with the statement “Our first real conversation won’t be about the birds and the bees. It will be about how to survive in a world that doesn’t value your life.” He then set up an online baby registry at Target – ironically, a store chain that has seen a massive level of looting and financial devastation caused by BLM and Antifa riots in major cities across the U.S.
March 6, 2021 – Anderson tweets “I refuse to put up with white folks shenanigans. It’s 2021 my Black labor is no longer free.”
March 18, 2021- Anderson, in a DPS meeting, belittles and bullies Michelle Castro, a concerned parent, when she voices concerns about critical race theory. Anderson calls her beliefs “white supremacy.”
March 22, 2021- Anderson tweets that the Boulder shooter is another white person. The next day, as news broke that the shooter was Muslim, Anderson issues a half apology.
March 26, 2021 – Mia Anderson, Tay’s mother, posts several anti-victim verbal assaults about Tay’s accusers. In one post, she calls BLM “nigga”
March 26, 2021 – BLM 5280 issues a statement in support of a victim alleging sexual assault by Tay Anderson, and says that until he issues a public apology, he is not welcome to share space in their organization. Tay’s response is that he cannot apologize until he knows who he is apologizing to. (were there were too many victims to choose from at this point, so he needed more specific information in order to narrow it down?).
March 27, 2021- Anderson is removed as host for a next day Boulder vigil led by Moms Demand Action, Wall of Moms, and March for Our Lives.
April 6, 2021 – Anderson releases a statement in response to sexual assault allegations against him, “I have done nothing which would substantiate claims of sexual assault or unlawful behaviors. I am grateful for the Denver Public Schools for launching an independent, third party investigation and look forward to a transparent process.”
April 6, 2021- DPS hires Investigation Law Group to investigate allegations against Anderson.
April 21, 2021- Campaign Integrity Watchdog files charges against Anderson for non-reporting of his medical campaign and his Washington, D.C. trip on Gofundme.com.
April 29, 2021- Anderson is cleared of campaign finance charges by the Secretary of State.
Mid-May, 2021- DPD investigators reach a stand-still in their investigation due to lack of victims willing to come forward and consequential lack of evidence against Anderson.
May 25, 2021-Mary Katherine Brooks testifies during SB21-088 that a predator within DPS has sexually assaulted, raped, and/or intimidated 62 current and former students, 61 of which are undocumented or Dreamers.
May 27, 2021- Anderson allegedly attends Denver North High School Graduation as an intimidation tactic after catching wind of a small group of students who planned to go public with abuse allegations, allegedly saying, “my name will still be on your diplomas.”
May 28, 2021 – DPS Acknowledges that they are aware of the sexual assault allegations against Tay Anderson and have filed a police report.
May 30, 2021 – The Colorado High School Democrats (a group that Anderson once chaired) called for him to resign. A statement made by the current chair of this organization, Spencer Wilcox: “Director Anderson has lost the confidence of the students and families of his school district. Students, including our many members in DPS, should not have to be afraid of one of their school board members. He must resign.”
May 30, 2021- Anderson steps back from the board. Since school is not in session, he intends to still carry out his only duty, to vote in the next superintendent.
May 31, 2021- Students start a petition for DPS to issue new diplomas to anyone who wants one. Before comments were disabled, many students posted that they felt unsafe as victims, or didn’t want his name on their diplomas out of respect for victims.
This timeline of events is more than a distraction; it’s an abomination of students’ basic rights. It’s a pattern of behavior so disturbing that people in Australia and Mexico are talking about Anderson. Anderson’s entire tenure at DPS is a slap in the face to the restorative justice he speaks so highly about, and it reeks of hypocrisy in his calls about white supremacy. Meanwhile, both DPS and every elected official who endorsed Anderson in America is silent.
Known allegations against Anderson of inappropriate behavior started as early as his time as a High School student (2013-2017) at Manual High School in Denver and continued in every aspect of his career – and his fellow classmates knew it.
However, not only were all accusations ignored, dismissed or silenced entirely – Anderson was praised and celebrated for his “leadership” by Democrat officials and prominent activist organizations, he was put on the cover of magazines and nominated for various awards, including the potential to attend the Obama Dinner Awards.
Anderson has spent his time in the public eye harassing parents who brought their concerns about curriculum to the School Board, his Twitter account is riddled with racist remarks toward white people and derogatory tirades against anyone who questioned him.
And while children were being targeted and suffering abuse at the hands of this person, who was practically a celebrity in the radical leftist circles, Colorado Democrats and Denver Public Schools were not only praising him, they were protecting him.
This is abhorrent and evil. Tay Anderson and every single person who associated with him needs to be questioned and investigated, and removed from their position if they are found to have had any knowledge or involvement in his despicable crimes against the children of DPS.
This is what happens when you vote based on catchy slogans and feel-good ideas, instead of doing research and making sure that our public office holders are actually about the causes they say they are.
Darcy Schoening & Samantha Bowers Koch