A school board meeting in Mississippi devolved into a shouting match after board member Phillip West called local residents racist, WJTV reports.
West was responding to a community voted to turn down a $35 million bond
As WJTV’s Margaret-Ann Carter reports it all started after the community voted down a school bond for $35 million. When Kevin and Dana Wilson, two community members, presented a petition with nearly 3400 signatures against the bond, West said the signers were discriminating against black students.
After participants protested West’s characterization, the school board member replied, “Yeah you’re not racist, just taking racist actions.”
“I’ll drag your ass outside,” one participant shouted to West.
The Wilsons described the scene as a “nightmare.”
“We went there open minded, the public post in the newspaper said if you wanted to do a petition you could do that that is our right to have a petition,” Dana Wilson told WJTV.
“Nobody wants to be paying more taxes especially not for a failing school, money is not going to help that, a new school is not going to fix that,” Kevin Wilson said.
“It kind of spiraled out of control we were accused of being racists and Christians didn’t want black children to go to school,” he continued.
“At the end of the day we’re not going to be bullied and we’re not going to let things that you see on Facebook stop us from following what we know in our hearts,” Dana Wilson said.
West said the community members were “out of order” during the debate.
“Evidentially there are some people who still think they’re living in the 1800’s and I want an apology for the actions of them they acted like they were thugs and hoodlums,” West said.
“I will never stop trying to make sure that the children in Natchez and Adams County and the children in our state have equal justice under the law,” he said.
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