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To the editor:
To the citizens of Brunswick County: Please vote.
In a few days, we will be given the right to vote for the people to run our school system for four more years. We need to take a long, hard look at what has taken place the last few years and look for something better in the coming years.
We have lawsuits on top of lawsuits. The board didn’t do what they were elected to do; a coach having an affair with a 15 year-old girl; blacks being fired out of the school system without a board hearing; blacks with 25 or more years in the system not promoted or removed and replaced by people with less experience; blacks not hired even though they have qualifications; a white parent’s complaint overlooked about a teacher’s behavior toward their daughter for almost two years; a board that votes four-to-one on most issues that come up; and a board that doesn’t seem to care about real issues or problems.
It’s more like it is to vote against one of its members and defeat him right or wrong.
I write this letter to remind you of the things that have taken place in this board’s term and the problem that still exists with Tracey Danka and Patricia Rourk and her mother. This problem is another one the superintendent didn’t see her way clear to take care of even though Mrs. Rourk had several talks with the superintendent about Mrs. Danka on school property with no children in the school system and causing conflict.
The board took no action on this matter.
I say to you parents: if you hurt one race of children, you hurt the other. So I, as the NAACP president in Brunswick County, can’t tell you who to vote for or endorse as a candidate, but I can say we need a new board, and Mrs. Superintendent, I would ask you to resign as soon as possible.
Our children deserve better.
Bernest L. Hewett, president
NAACP Brunswick County