CANTON — Cherokee School Board Member Kelly Marlow’s political consultant Robert Trim declined to comment Wednesday night after watching his client vote in favor of holding an ethics hearing on her own actions.
Other residents, though, had plenty to say on the news and the polarized climate at the School Board meeting Wednesday night.
“This is the most absurd thing I’ve ever seen,” said Neva Lent, who said she supports Marlow and her questions about transparency in the school district. “It is critical that there is transparency.”
Lent said she has been particularly taken aback by the recent formation of Smart Citizens Rally Against Marlow, a group that has more than a few members who are teachers in the school district. Members of the group poured into the auditorium at Cherokee High School for the meeting Wednesday, making themselves known by their bright yellow T-shirts, which read “SCRAM!”
“I’ve never seen a group of teachers get away with this kind of intimidation on one person,” Lent said. “We have a lynch mob out here.”
SCRAM! supporter and Cherokee resident Carol Griffin, though, said the fight against Marlow and her letter to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, an accreditation agency, calling for an investigation of the district is just and warranted.
“She violated ethics, and they’re going to censure her,” Griffin said.