School board member removed after allegedly assaulting colleague
A Michigan woman has been voted out as President of Flint Community Schools Board of Education after allegedly assaulting a fellow board member.
Danielle Green who is yet to be charged with a crime, is accused of “brutally attacking” board treasurer Laura MacIntyre during a finance subcommittee meeting on Wednesday afternoon, March 23.
Detroit Free Press reported that Green was removed from her role as president at an emergency meeting later that evening.
“I’m just sad to say that it’s come to this. I am a very secure person but I do not feel safe.”
MacIntyre has said that she plans to press charges against Green, MLive reports.
It was also gathered that the two have allegedly disagreed before, but it was never physical. The recent incident reportedly happened after MacIntyre and Green clashed during a discussion on building new schools, said Superintendent Kevelin Jones,
Narrating how the incident happened, MacIntyre said;
“Danielle stood up and took offense at something in particular that I said and have no idea about and walked around our staff secretary and towered over me and started threatening me with her finger.
“I stood up to back away at which point she grabbed my throat and then grabbed my hair and slammed my head into the table and started punching me in the head.
“It was not warranted, uncalled for and completely inappropriate. It will not be tolerated and we are taking action tonight. … In the moment I was shocked and surprised. It had never crossed my mind that anything like this would ever escalate like this.
“There was no fight. There was no argument. I was chairing a committee meeting and I was attacked, unprovoked. There was no escalation, fight or attack previous to being attacked. … I was brutally attacked and had to seek medical attention. I am only here to see that the truth comes out and justice is served.”
Though Green was removed as president, she cannot be pulled from the board since she was elected by Flint residents, the Detroit Free Press adds. However, an attorney said at the meeting that Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer can step in and remove Green altogether.
Superintendent Jones addressed the incident in a statement shared on the Flint Community Schools’ official Facebook page.
“As you may be aware, there was an incident at the Finance Committee of the Whole Meeting this morning between two members of our Board of education,” he said in part. “While I cannot get into the specifics of what happened, as efforts to address that issue continue, we remain committed to the safety of all members of our school community.
“I want to assure families that we will remain focused on our mission to provide a high-quality education to our scholars. We remain committed to serving as a key support structure for our families who we are privileged to serve. Providing scholars throughout our school community with a learning experience that promotes their academic, social and emotional growth remains our building principle.”
In a follow-up statement posted Thursday March 24, Jones announced the board’s new president, vice president, and secretary as a result of the emergency meeting.
“We will not let the events that occurred yesterday distract us from our unified mission to provide the children of Flint with a safe space to learn, grow, and play”