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|City Up In Arms Over School Board Decision
|The Knoxville High School Cafeteria was packed Monday night as friends, students, teachers and family of Junior High Math teacher Michelle Nelson awaited to hear the school boards decision on her possible termination.
The community came out in support of Nelson who was, according to parents being let go because of a personal reason between her and Junior High Principal Matt Graham, not a professional reason.
Four people spoke during public comment to try and convince the board not to terminate Nelson.
After getting some regular business out of the way the board went into executive session for almost an hour as residents waited to hear their decision.
The news was not what they wanted to hear.
"The vote was six, one to approve, approval of a non-renewal of a third year non-tenured teacher."
That lead to a major out cry from residents and Nelson's husband who started rushing down the isle towards the school board.
Friends and family members of Nelson held her husband back as he yelled obscenities at board members.
School board members got out of the cafeteria as quickly as they could but not before several more upset residents lashed out at them as they left.
Board member Tammy Myers the only no vote and was given praise from residents as the board moved back into closed session.
Myers was visibly upset from the reaction of those in attendance as she tried to fight back tears before returning to a classroom with the rest of the board.
Knoxville Police were called to the scene to help control the situation.
|03 18 13 by Newsroom
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