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Patricia Rourk, principal at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School, will appear in district court at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 15, on a communicating threats charge filed against her by Tracey Danka, a parent of two former Jessie Mae students. Danka claims Rourk threatened to kill her after the Brunswick County Board of Education meeting on Sept. 16.
Rourk has denied to comment, but released a statement Thursday through her attorney Edwin West.
“As a veteran of our Armed Forces and in 17 years as an educator, Patricia Rourk has had a distinguished career of public service. Ms. Rourk has been overwhelmed by the depth and diversity of support she has received during this difficult time. She looks forward to addressing the unfortunate allegation made against her in the courts. Because this matter has not been heard, she will have no public comment on the specifics of the allegation at this time. Ms. Rourk continues to be committed to the very best for all the children at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School.”
West, of Rountree, Losee & Baldwin, L.L.P. of Wilmington, represented Brunswick County Board of Education member Ray Gilbert several months ago when he was placed under a one-year domestic violence order of protection after a former West Brunswick High School employee claimed he threatened her life. All charges were later dismissed.