I am that person who has happily lived on the outside of politics. I research candidates during election season and vote, then trust those elected to do their jobs as they’ve promised.
Sadly, my ignorant bliss came to a screeching halt this summer when I learned of the now infamous Kelly Marlow letter to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
I don’t get it. Why would she risk our county’s fantastic reputation with the Cherokee County School District? So I’ve researched. I read everything I can find. I ask questions.
I can’t believe a representative of our kids would seek action that could very well hurt them. I’ve seen her questions, I’ve seen the answers.
Yet I see her continue to bully the very people who voted her in to office. I’ve seen a few remarks by a few folks that were not very nice geared towards her. A few.
But those of us who are happy with CCSD and feel our kids are getting great educations are now being referred to as “minions” and “thugs.” That is not only childish, it is extremely disrespectful.
Calling adults who voted her into office by petty names is ridiculous. I can’t fathom why an elected official would lash out at entire groups of citizens, calling the entirety of CCSD principals, teachers, PTA leaders and parents “thugs.”
To me, this is not only offensive, it is irresponsible. If she’s asked questions and doesn’t understand the answers, ask more specific questions. If she doesn’t like the answers, well, that’s unfortunate.
But lashing out at the very people who gave her that job is immature and reprehensible. I met Ms. Marlow when she knocked on my door last fall and asked for my vote. I liked her.
I wish I’d have known hiding under a nice, seemingly caring facade was a big bully. Our decorated school system is in jeopardy because of a bully. That must stop.