After a police officer was allegedly assaulted by a school board member from the Penns Grove-Carneys Point school district in New Jersey last Thursday, members of the community planned to protest tonight before a Board of Education meeting.
Board Member Walter Hudson, 33, shoved an officer to the ground and punched him, according to witnesses at the scene, at Penns Grove Middle School last week. Hudson was arrested and held on $10,000 bail.
Parents, teachers, and other community members have come together on a Facebook page called ‘Standing Up for Our Students.’ They plan to protest outside the district office tonight at 6 p.m. demanding answers from the school board.
On the page, their complaints go beyond Hudson. They discuss a gas leak in the school building, an unexplained spike in graduation rates, lack of elective classes and not replacing teachers.
Susan Wolfer, a parent who has children in the school district, wrote: “Parents have reached their boiling point and at this time are demanding answers from the district. The middle school is crumbling.”
The school board meeting will be held tonight at 100 Iona Ave in Penns Grove at 7 p.m.