Thursday, January 27, 2022
Tonight I sent the following email to the security director, the board, the superintendent and a few other staff members.
Marq Claxton, Security Director, Richland 2
Richland School District Two disputes any statement that Superintendent Dr. Baron Davis was the aggressor or instigator in an incident that occurred prior to the school board meeting on January 25, 2022.
The two adults involved, who were escorted from the room and notified that they were being put on trespass notice, have a history of outbursts, disruptive and adversarial behavior at and following school board meetings. One individual also has a documented history of sending emails of a threatening nature to Dr. Davis.
Prior to the beginning of the meeting on Tuesday, one of the individuals approached Mrs. Davis. She firmly declined to engage in conversation. He refused to respect her boundary and continued trying to engage her. Security personnel intervened and directed the individual to a seat. A short time later, the individual continued to try to engage Mrs. Davis. At this time the second individual joined the conversation. Security personnel intervened. The individual who first engaged Mrs. Davis refused several commands by security to take a seat and insisted on continuing to speak with Mrs. Davis. This resulted in the first individual being escorted from the room and informed he would be placed on trespass notice.
Once Dr. Davis became aware that his wife had been harassed, and with the past inappropriate behavior of these individuals in mind, he became concerned for the safety of Mrs. Davis and others in the room. As he checked on her, he observed that she was visibly shaken. Dr. Davis then asked the second individual if he had questions to direct them to him. The individual took a step forward and responded loudly. Security personnel were nearby because of the earlier interaction, and they created a barrier between Dr. Davis and the second individual. At no time did Dr. Davis make any physical or verbal threats toward the individual. Following this, the second individual was escorted from the room and informed he would be put on trespass notice.
Unfortunately, this incident has become a distraction and overshadows the accomplishments of Richland Two teachers and students. Dr. Davis and district leaders recognize and appreciate how diligently teachers, administrators and school staff are working during these unprecedented times and ask that for the community’s continued support of the teaching and learning taking place at Richland Two schools.
Richland Two parents and community members have a right and are encouraged to be active partners, to ask questions and to express their concerns. The district facilitates numerous opportunities for input via surveys, committees, advisory groups, the district website, ombudsman, social media platforms and public participation at school board meetings. However, these conversations must be conducted respectfully and through the appropriate channels. Further, employees nor their families should be subject to emails, comments and encounters of a threatening nature when individuals disagree with a district policy or direction.
Be sure to watch the Public Participation segment of the January 25th board meeting.
Go to livestream.com/richland2 and select the January 25th meeting. Then fast-forward to the 1:55.46 mark.
Each speaker gets three minutes. There is a timer right in front of the speaker and also projected on the screen, so that Holmes can be ready to smack down her gavel, should a speaker attempt to utter a word past the 3:00:00 mark.
At 1:55:46 Holmes begins her lecture about what speakers can and cannot do. I don't know who wrote that for her; maybe her $45,000/year secretary that Baron Davis arranged. Holmes didn't even understand what she was reading. More about that, but first the speakers
2:00:49 Kimberly Mingo. When she mentioned that her child attended Lake Carolina Upper, Holmes pounced. The mom is addressing the board about how the school is prohibiting her 5th Grade child from using a medically-prescribed nebulize, and Holmes is worried about the name of the school. How stupid!
2:04:11 Jonathan (last name unintelligible by Holmes) About the damaging effects of the masks
2:07:30 Melissa McFadden
2:13:45 Crytsal Masincupp
2:17:10 Ethan Lopez
Ethan is a student at Ridge View High School. Notice his composure. This is after Baron Davis rushed Garry Ginn and after Pamela Davis cursed at him. He didn't even get rattled when Holmes rudely interrupted after Ethan spoke the forbidden words, "Dr. Davis".
When Holmes read the rules for speaking, she didn't even realize she was addressing the portion of Board Policy BEDH that covers "Agenda Items". That policy provision is never used, because this board never allows speakers to sign up, in advance of the meering, to address a specific Agenda Item at the time it is discussed. So she rattled on and on about a provision that doesn't apply.
Holmes also said that the Board doesn't have to allow Public Participation. In other words, you boys and girls had better mind your Ps & Qs, or we won't let you speak at meetings. What gall the board chair displayed with such a comment! And notice how often she used the "royal We".
Maybe we should all bow down to the King and Queen before we begin our comments and definitely again at the end, after we have received their grace and benevolence and been "allowed" to speak.
Speaker, state your name clearly at the beginning of your remarks.
The RCSD deputies did a fine job Tuesday night at the disruptive meeting, when Mrs. Pamela Davis was emotionally out-of-control..
Throughout their entire interaction with me, the deputies were completely professional, courteous and appropriate. They observed only. And that's their role. They are not there as additional security for Richland 2.
They are probably there under a Special-Duty Agreement between the Sheriff's Department and the Richland 2 School District. If the Agreement is anything like the same-named Agreement with the Summit homeowners' association, deputies are not at R2i2 to enforce the rules and procedures of Richland 2 School District.
Deputies are there to enforce the laws of the County and of the State.
That's why I was escorted off the property by R2 security officers, not by a deputy.
I laugh at the "escort" part of that sentence. The R2 security officers were over their heads and didn't have a clue what to do. After I picked up my materials from the chair in the meeting room, two of them were standing there. I asked, "Are you going to escort me off the property?"
Who was in control then? I was.
When I walked out of the room, they followed. Some "escort", right? Baron Davis ought to hire me to run his security department, not whoever didn't train the security officers! They followed me across the second floor hallway and onto the escalator. As we rode down to the first floor, I asked them for their names. When we got to first floor, I stopped to write down their names.
One of them stood there, dumb (speechless). The other said, "Officer." Seriously? Did his mommy name him "Officer" at birth, forseeing his future employment? Both refused their names. Maybe they weren't trained to remember their names? Maybe they were new. They were not security officers I had seen before.
If Baron Davis and Teresa Holmes are concerned about safety and security at school board meetings, they need look no further than Baron Davis and Pamela Davis. THEY are the ones who should have been ejected and placed on Trespass Notice.
Did RCSD deputies witness Pamela being disruptive toward me and conducting herself in a disorderly manner? Perhaps they were out of the meeting room. Did they observe her cursing at the 14-year-old? Did they observe Baron rushing towared Gary Ginn? Those were crimes.
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