TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! COMMUNITY ACTIVIST PAT CLARKE DESCRIBES TROUBLING CONFRONTATION WITH KANSAS CITY SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER JOSEPH JACKSON!!!
This holiday season has become exceptionally tense amid a great deal of political debate and it's clear that one Kansas City Public School Board Member might be feeling a bit or pressure.
To wit . . .
RIGHT NOW SOME OF THE VERY BEST TKC TIPSTERS HAVE TOLD US THEIR TAKE ON A CONFRONTATION BETWEEN A SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER AND COMMUNITY ACTIVIST AT A RECENT PUBLIC MEETING!!!
Here's the sitch described one an eyewitness . . .And confirmed by two more sources amid this X-mas party planning session:
"Did you hear what happened @ Saturday's Santa Fe Neighborhood Association meeting? KC school board member Joe Jackson, who is also the current President of the neighborhood association became annoyed at Police Community Liaison Pat Clarke. Jackson took his jacket and approached Clarke ready to FIGHT DURING THE MEETING!"
Now . . . We have reached out to School Board Member Joseph Jackson and haven't heard from him yet . . . When/if we do we will update this post and probably blog his comments as well.
However . . .
TKC HAS OBTAINED AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH NEIGHBORHOOD LEADER PAT CLARKE WHO DESCRIBES HIS SIDE OF THE TROUBLING CONFRONTATION!!!
Here's what Mr. Clarke had to say:
"Even I thought this was totally out of character for Joseph Jackson. We were involved in a Q&A that was getting tense but I didn't expect him to come across the room and get in my face. I was sitting right next to a police officer and the President of the Black Chamber Of Commerce. It was remarkable that he chose to deal with the situation that way . . . Shortly thereafter, he was obviously angry as he took his coat off and asked me if I wanted to step outside."
Mr. Clarke's reaction . . .
"It's unacceptable. This is someone who makes decisions for kids and that's how they're going to act? I took the advice of people standing near me who were also surprised at the behavior. I've talked with police and I hope any future confrontation can be avoided . . . But I will say this: If this was the other way around I know that it would have been a bigger deal. It's just a shame this person has a say in decision impacting students. Without a doubt he shouldn't be a School Board Member and I'm calling on the Board to replace him because of this kind of behavior."
Again . . . We are waiting on a statement from Mr. Jackson on this matter and we hope he decides to explain his side of the story given that the safety of parents and constituents in public meetings should be the utmost concern.
Developing . . .