Everett leaders urge school board members to reconcile following brawl

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on August 31, 2011 at 9:07 AM

EVERETT, Wash. -- Nearly three dozen Everett city, business and community leaders submitted a letter to the school board Tuesday, urging them to reconcile after a brawl involving several members.

According to the HeraldNet.com, the letter expressed support for the majority of Everett School Board members and school administration, but criticizes school board member Jessica Olson without directly naming her.

The letter follows an August 23 fight that was caught on video tape involving Olson, school board members Kristie Dutton and board president Ed Petersen.

The fight broke out when Olson turned on her video camera during a closed-door meeting to discuss Superintendent Gary Cohn's annual performance review.

The other board members objected and Petersen reached for the camera.  Police found that within minutes, Olson was grappling with Dutton over control of documents while being restrained by Petersen. Olson ended up with bloodied fingernails and both women had scratches. No one was charged.

"Whatever needs to get resolved, get it resolved and let's get back to the issue of how to educate our kids," said Reid Shockey, author of the letter and a long-time private planning consultant in Everett.

Olson respond with a statement to the letter Tuesday night.

"Whether they are my supporters or not, they are my constituents, and it is my responsibility to thoughtfully consider their concerns. It is my hope that they will be open to the same kind of thoughtful examination of the facts and issues. I would welcome the opportunity to sit and talk with them," she wrote.

(Via the HeraldNet.com)

 

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