Duran issues statement on Shaad family complaints

April 15, 2013

John Duran at a press conference announcing a case of bacterial meningitis striking a Wehoan.

In response to a statement issued earlier today by the Shaad family taking umbrage over statements he allegedly made at the Friday press conference at which Brett Shaad’s serious illness was made public, West Hollywood Coty Council member issued this statement at 4:50 pm Monday.

He wrote:

Please offer my deep condolences to the Shaad family. 

Please communicate my apology for intruding into the family's privacy during this difficult time.

Contrary to what was reported by some media outlets, I did not release Brett's name at the press conference at City Hall. I specifically stated that the name was not being released due to privacy issues. 

Later that evening, I did confirm Brett's identity after the media had already discovered his name on their own.

I was placed in the difficult position of respecting his privacy while at the same time being responsible for the public health in my city. I did everything I could to balance those two objectives for as long as possible.

There will be additional media in the coming days regarding vaccinations. I will not make any further reference to Brett or the Shaad family.

With deep condolences,

John Duran