Richland County, SC — The Richland 2 school board has made its message clear. In Richland 2, it is OK tell people that “...I (Melinda Anderson) just want to kill the coach, and I have a gun.” I am very disappointed that the board decided that a censure vote was all that was needed in this matter. Not to mention the fact that it wasn’t even unanimous, which was just as disturbing.
Even if the board doesn’t have the power to remove Ms. Anderson from her seat, certainly a vote to ask to her to resign would have been more appropriate. Apparently, Ms. Anderson does not see the seriousness of her actions, as she voted against her censure. What kind of example are they setting for the students, faculty and staff in Richland 2? The board now has no standing should a student or Richland 2 employee be brought before them for a similar action. The precedent has been set. If a school board member can get away with it, why can’t they?
We cannot have a board member act in such an irresponsible manner and continue to make decisions that affect our district. The board should have insisted she resign.