COVID-19, Graduations, Black Lives Matter, Edgecombe County Democratic Party Chair Removed, Confederate Monuments, Honeywell Furlough Year 2020

I have faced and seen some things this year and it is only 6 months in.

I have survived the COVID-19 as I speak even though I have been working he entire time. I was considered an Essential Worker so I didn’t get the week off from work without pay like some of my co-workers. They were supposed to get 2 weeks but they didn’t have to do a 2nd week. However they did get unemployment and the COVID-19 Funds.

I am proud of my son Curmilus Dancy III (CJ) who graduated from Pitt Community College Greenville NC receiving a degree in Business Administration and my daughter India Matita Dancy who received her Masters in Political Science from NC Central in Durham NC.

The Black Lives Matter Movement has reached across the nation. It began some years ago but not at the level it has reached now. Although I am not a member of the actual Black Lives Matter Organization, I have always known my Black Ass Mattered and have been fighting for Black Folk All of my Adult Life.

The Edgecombe County Democratic Party can now move forward hopefully because one of the problems the party has experienced has been Rev. Roosevelt Higgs and his behavior. I have been challenging this guy since the 90’s. On June 13 he was removed as the Chair of the County and can not serve as an officer on the local, state and/or national level in the next 2 years. Peace be still!

I am happy to see the Confederate Monument come down in Rocky Mount. I served on the Rocky Mount Human Relations Commission and we were tasked by the Rocky Mount City Council to host a series of 4 meetings to have community discussions last year. However the monument came down in this season. But not only am I pleased to see it come down in Rocky Mount but across the nation. Tarboro NC what are you waiting on? I have a Tarboro address although I live 7 miles out of Tarboro and 3 miles out of Pinetops.

This week I survived the Honeywell Furlough. I have been working at Honeywell for 33 years and nearly 6 months. I have endured some things and by the grace of God he has kept me. It has been tough some times but because of my knowledge of how to deal with issues and situations, I have survived.

I am going to miss some of my co-workers. But no matter what I wish all of them the best.

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#Somethingswrong
#Timeforwaitingisover
#Sickandtiredofbeingsickandtired
#Blacklivesmatter #Iwatchedvideo
#Whereisthethreat
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Curmilus Butch Dancy II 2020

The SouthWest Edgecombe Graduation Mess Is Still A Mess As The Media Made A Mess So Maybe A Community Meeting Still Need To Be Called & All Media Outlets That Played A Role Be Invited

I am still mad as hell because the media has made a mess out of the SouthWest Edgecombe Graduation Mess. All the students of the graduation class of 2017 ought to be mad as hell also along with all of the staff at the school especially those whom have no issue with the principal. I have not talked to a staff member that has a problem with the principal but I have read a couple of parents who have talked negative about him and at least one has communicated to me their concerns. Well the issue at hand was/is about the graduation mess and has nothing to do with their beef with the principal. The graduation mess is and should be in a category by itself. Anyone who feel it is okay that a student can break 2 rules: not reading the approved speech and having an electronic device to read his own speech but it is not okay for the principal to discipline the student, then we got some damn serious issues with parenting and community leaders in all areas.

I was in a meeting on Thursday night June 30 and it is a damn shame that folk have been mislead by the student and parent involved along with a student supporter because the student says he was not allowed to write his own speech. It is so believable because the mess was on local and major new outlets (newspapers, tv & online media sources) all over the USA.

My video is the video that was/is being used and I asked them did they talk to the superintendent John Farrelly. They said yes so therefore I thought they would tell both sides of the story however they did not. When did the media stop giving both sides of the story or were they that naïve to just take the student’s side of the story instead of getting the whole story out?

Because the superintendent said he didn’t see anything wrong with the speech and that the principal was wrong for withholding the diploma it added more mess to the mess. It was not about whether the speech was good or bad, the speech that the student read was not approved. The student was not suppose to have an electronic device. Superintendent made the principal deliver diploma over the weekend putting the principal’s life in danger.

This is why I have said over and over again that the difference in me and other news outlets is that I video events, give my opinion based on the facts as presented and I share the entire video with my readers so that they can form their own opinion.

There are many posts about the graduation mess that I posted on my blog which automatically goes to my facebook, twitter and linkedin social media pages. I am totally shocked by a few folk that follow me on social media that have totally ignored the facts as I have presented them but all they have in their minds is the student was not allowed to read his speech and his diploma was withheld.

I have stated time and time again a community meeting need to be held to dispel rumors so that the correct information could get out instead of having mess floating around the community and right now it is a cloud over SouthWest Edgecombe because the media made a mess and the media need to go back and do a follow up on the mess to get the whole story out.

Read the following links but there are more and you will see why the SouthWest Edgecombe graduation was a mess.

Craig Harris Principal SouthWest Edgecombe Is No Longer On Suspension

An Open Letter To The Edgecombe County Public Schools Board Members In Reference To The Suspension Of Craig Harris Principal Of SouthWest Edgecombe High School After The Graduation Mess

Superintendent John Farrelly Respond To The DCN News Blog Online TV About Marvin Wright Diploma Being Withheld During SouthWest Edgecombe Graduation On Friday June 9, 2017If the media had shared this we would not be still having this discussion. 

Video/Photos: Attention – In Response To Jokita Wright Asking Me What Did I Think Of Her Son Speech

The Superintendent Validate My Observation Of What Happened During The SouthWest Edgecombe Graduation

In Response To Jokita Wright In Regards To Contacting Me Look At Time Of Events

As I stated there are more posts on my social media pages.

An Open Letter To The Edgecombe County Public Schools Board Members In Reference To The Suspension Of Craig Harris Principal Of SouthWest Edgecombe High School After The Graduation Mess

First of all let me do an overview of how I see per the facts as I see them what lead up to the suspension of Craig Harris Principal SouthWest Edgecombe after he withheld a student diploma on Friday June 9, 2017. On the following Thursday June 15, 2017 Mr. Harris was suspended and it has not been officially announced why he was suspended by the Edgecombe County Public Schools.

I agree with Superintendent John Farrelly that it was unfortunate that during the media coverage several details were omitted, not considered or misconstrued.

First of all it is my opinion based on the facts as before me that Coach Shelton Langley 2017 Graduating Class Advisor and Craig Harris Principal did a great job on the ceremonial process until the mess happened with the student breaking the rules after he entered the stage. My video shows Coach Langley informing Mr. Harris that the student had pulled out an electronic device his cell phone and began reading a speech that was not approved. This were 2 violations, the student had an electronic device on the stage and then he began to read a speech that was not approved. This was an insult to the advisor, the principal, the entire staff, students, parents and all whom attended. But then on top of that there were more insult as the student was a part of contacting the local media sharing his story making appear that the advisor and the principal were disrespecting him when my video clearly shows that the advisor was informing the principal about the student has pulled out his cell phone but he attempt to make it look like Coach Langley and Principal Harris were disrespecting him by just talking behind him. At this time the principal could have insulted the student by standing up and asking for the microphone and if the student had not given it to him, the principal could have said the student was breaking 2 rules. The principal could have had the student removed from the stage which would have been another embarrassment. I feel the principal handled it well because he didn’t even say anything about the 2 rules being broken when he immediately followed the student’s speech as he stood and announced the students were officially graduates and that they could turn their tassels and march out.

The reason why the students do not receive their actual diploma during the ceremony is because if the student do something stupid it has been the rule of the day that the student will not walk and/or if they did something during the ceremony like the mess on June 9. This student marched and was told he would receive his diploma on the next week but Mr. Farrelly used his power to command Mr. Harris deliver the diploma on the following Sunday.

The media only shared the student’s side of the story and threw the principal under the bus. But this was done because Mr. Farrelly had already thrown the principal under the bus when he apologized to the student, said that Mr. Harris was was wrong for withholding the diploma sending a message to the community that it was illegal to withhold the diploma which is totally false. Mr. Farrelly said he didn’t see anything wrong with the speech.

Hell yeah something was wrong with the speech. He was not suppose to read a speech it was not approved. And then to read it from an electronic device he broke the rules.

I have a problem with Mr. Farrelly apologizing to the student because if Mr. Harris had done something wrong then he should have been the one to apologize.

Mr. Farrelly was wrong when he made the principal deliver the diploma on Sunday. I question Mr. Farrelly’s motive because he brought on more insult to the matter. The correct thing to do would have not to put Mr. Harris life in danger when he made him deliver the diploma on a Sunday. It is my opinion that Mr. Farrelly did that because the student was in the media on Monday being accepted into the Navy.

It is a damn shame that the message is out that it is okay for a student to disobey the principal but it is not okay for the principal to discipline a student while on his watch. The last time I checked the graduation is a school held event and considered the last day of school for graduating students. So since that is true then I don’t understand how Mr. Farrelly would throw his employee under the bus and making it appear as if the student was right. This is not like working in a store where “they” say the customer is always right. Oh hell no, I worked in the store business and if they were wrong I treated them as they were wrong.

It is a damn shame that because of Mr. Farrelly’s response to the student brought more insult to Edgecombe County and the nation because the student has been seen in the media almost worldwide if not worldwide. Nearly all of the media that they contacted, contacted me asking for permission to use my video and I told them to go to my blog for more information about the matter but I know of maybe 1 or 2 media outlets didn’t contact me but used my video anyway. I trust and believe that Mr. Farrelly shared with the media that he came in contact with the same information that he shared with me but the media intentionally chose not to tell the whole story. And when did the media stop reporting on the whole story? This is why it is so important that I cover meetings so because I give my spin on what took place but make the whole video available for everyone to see and they can form their own opinion.

I learned of Craig Harris Principal being suspended after it was sent to me by someone after they read it in the Rocky Mount Telegram. I have only heard rumors as to why. I don’t know the rumors to be true and since I don’t know Mr. Harris personally I have not been in contact with him. Matter of a fact I don’t even know if he live in Edgecombe, Nash County or where.

I have heard that Mr. Harris was suspended because of some grades being given to a student. First I heard that there were 2 subjects in question. The most recent I heard it was 1 subject in question. I heard that the student didn’t do well and was given an assignment to do and he didn’t complete it but the student was allowed to walk anyway. If this is true I hope that the principal suspension with pay should be enough. I also heard that there are a few young staff members at SouthWest that has a problem with being disciplined by Mr. Harris. I hope that Mr. Harris is not fired that he is not moved to another school and that this matter be brought to some closure on Monday evening during the special called meeting. On Friday I received a call from some retired educators and have spoke to them and some other stakeholders from the community that we want to attend the meeting on Monday to support Mr. Harris from what we have heard. Now if we do not have the correct information and his suspension grant more in depth of disciplinary actions then if we are to learn the truth, then we would accept the school board actions if they are not questionable.

If Mr. Harris is disciplined some kind of way and it is linked to the student I want to see the outcome correlate with the student. What do I mean? I will be waiting to see if Mr. Harris is disciplined some kind of way will the student diploma be taken back?

If I knew some staff members at SouthWest I would tell them that if the rumor is that school board is going to move Mr. Harris that they would request to meet with the school board in closed session to express how they support Mr. Harris. This was done several years ago when the rumor was a principal was going to be moved and the staff met with the school board and the principal was not moved.

I will be attending the meeting on Monday evening and I am somewhat emotional because public comments will not be allowed. So therefore I am sending this message so that you will know that myself and some stakeholders in the community are supporting Mr. Harris based on what we know as it relates to the rumor mill. But we know we stand behind the Mr. Harris withholding the diploma and telling the student that he could pick it up the following week. This is where I agree with Mr. Farrelly that Mr. Harris needed to set up time for the family to discuss the rules violation and to provide the student with the diploma but it should have been done the following week and at the school. Again I feel Mr. Farrelly put Mr. Harris life in danger when he was told to deliver the diploma to the student’s home.

In my closing, I am trusting and believing along with other stakeholders that I have been in contact with we that this school board will issue the best disciplinary action that will apply to Mr. Harris. All we are asking for is this board to do the right thing and to make sure that whatever come out of the graduation mess and the suspension of Mr. will be a learning experience for the student who broke the rules, the student that grades are in question per the rumor mill and Mr. Craig Harris disciplinary action.

Board members Evelyn Wilson Chair (BF), Ann Kent Vice Chair (WF), Dr. Evelyn Johnson (BF), Olga Dickens (BF), Marva Scott (BF), William Dino Eason (WM) and Rev. Raymond Privott (BM) I look forward to you doing the right thing.

Thanking you in advance.

Curmilus Dancy II
Stakeholders – Retired Educators, Current Educators and Community

Note: I have a lot going on and if you have any questions due to grammatical errors or any content in the letter please contact me for clarity.

Stay tuned for an overview of the SouthWest Edgecombe Graduation Mess that has been kinda sorta quiet as hell this week. Wonder why?

I have atleast 1 – 2 things that I have not heard anyone say during all of this mess. I mentioned it to some folk over the past couple of days.

As I have stated from day one that if all included need to be discipline then that is what I want. But the sad part the student’s disciplinary action was limited to what the principal could have done.

I am totally pissed off about the mess especially with the Superintendent throwing the principal under the bus.

I am totally pissed that the news outlets only reported the story as if it was only about the student side and didn’t report the whole story. Everyone of the outlest contacted me and asked me if they could use my video because my video was the best. I said yes but go to my blog for more information so they could get another perspective on what was going on. They too threw the principal under the bus.

It is a damn shame that the local radio talk show has not mentioned anything about the graduation mess when the entire community has been affected by this mess. Some folk who may not be on my social media might not even know all about the graduation mess. Everyone need to be made aware of that the principal has been suspended at SouthWest and it has not been announced by the school system why. It is a damn shame that we have 5 black board members out of a total of 7 and they ain’t saying anything. What good are they? But there are 2 board members here in the southern part of the county 1 black and 1 white and they ought to have had a meeting to report to the community. However my board member lives in the district that the school is in so they should be talking too. Oh well.

I don’t believe the student wanted to go along with the mess but was pushed to get up there and take the route he took. Some sources close to the student have told me 

#teamdancyCurmilus

SouthWest Edgecombe Graduation Mess Getting Closer To The Truth Coming Out

Getting closer to the truth coming out, keep following me better yet join me at the school board meeting Monday night. Since you have blocked me and you can still follow me because my page is public, you gonna learn the day.

The only camera running now is The DCN News Blog Online TV where you get the whole story and not bits and pieces.

Stay tuned for just a little bit more before Monday. #teamdancyCurmilus

Thank You Coach Delphine Mabry For Your Facebook Post About Principal Craig Harris Suspension At SouthWest Edgecombe HS Graduation Mess

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Thank you for the post it is time for the school system to let the community in on what the problem is. They could say publicly what he is suspended for, that would not be too personal. I feel we have a right to know.

We have a black majority school board and they ain’t saying a damn thing publicly when it is a black male student and a black principal tied up in this mess. Yeah I like calling it mess because from the facts presented as I know them as I attended the graduation, videoed and took photos, following facebook and the media on the local, state and national levels, the only thing I am getting out of this is… It is okay for a student to disobey the principal but it is not okay for the principal to discipline the student. I don’t want to hear a damn thing about the diploma being held because that was the superintendent’s opinion that he felt it shouldn’t have been held. I have not seen anywhere that that is law. And if it is, damn if it ain’t a problem with the law because right down the road in Halifax County 50 miles away it was done and about 90 miles away in Fayetteville NC it was done. This was during the same week if I am correct. Not saying it should have been done but I am just ignant enough to believe that 3 schools would not have thought they could do it if it was a law. Hell it was done at SouthWest in 2009 when my daughter graduated and I recorded that also. The student in his robe hollered and he was escorted off the football field. I know he didn’t march. I was told he didn’t get his diploma until the following week.

I think I need to call a community meeting and have it at the school to find out what is going on. Seem like these pastors around here would do that. But then again you have these community organizations too. Oh well!

But the main thang is the school system ought to call a community meeting and let folk come and voice their opinions about the situation. The school board members get paid good damn money to represent us as they are elected by us. Ya’ll black folk better wake the hell up and hold these elected officials accountable. Not saying they are not right about the suspension process but they owe it to us to communicate to us even on a limited basis.

But you see I don’t need to call the meeting and other meetings because I speak out about issues so if I call the meeting it will seem to appear it is my meeting for personal reasons but you see if others have it and I go and voice my opinion, then they can’t twist that. Oh but then again they attempt to twist anything I do.

You can C.D. that! While You Run & Tell That! #teamdancyCurmilus

Superintendent John Farrelly Respond To The DCN News Blog Online TV About Marvin Wright Diploma Being Withheld During SouthWest Edgecombe Graduation On Friday June 9, 2017

See my Open Letter to the Superintendent by going to the following link: An Open Letter To John Farrelly Superintendent Edgecombe County Public Schools In Response To SouthWest Edgecombe Graduation 2017

From: John Farrelly [mailto:jfarrelly@ecps.us]
Sent: Sunday, June 18, 2017 09:22
To: The DCN Online Blog/Internet TV Curmilus Dancy II (Butch) @ http://www.thepoliticalagitator. com <thedcn@embarqmail.com>
Subject: Response

Good morning Mr. Dancy,

Attached is a response to your blog post. These will be the last public comments I will make regarding the June 9 SWEHS graduation ceremony. You have been fair in your coverage of the school system for the past 5 years. That’s all I could ask for.

Take care,

John

John D. Farrelly

Superintendent

Edgecombe County Public Schools

The attachment

Mr. Dancy,

SouthWest Edgecombe High School has a long tradition of providing students with an excellent education. There are many prideful alumni throughout our community, the state and the country. The school is a focal point on the south side of Edgecombe County and rightfully so. The school is led by a committed staff that is focused on preparing students to be scholars and great citizens. Many students thrive at SWEHS and rightfully love their school. Parental and community support is broad.

 

Unfortunately, the media coverage that unfolded when an individual shared personal information on social media following the June 9 graduation ceremony set off a firestorm of negative attention for the school, several stakeholders, the district and the county. Many opinions have been formed without fully knowing all facts and several details have been omitted, not considered or misconstrued. When questions have been asked in an inquiring manner the responses have been consistent, swift and professional. When emails and calls are degrading and hurtful, they don’t warrant a response. Debating issues is welcomed and can be healthy but there’s a way to go about it.

 

Confidential individual information cannot be released. However, I can share the following 3 facts related to the June 9 graduation ceremony:

1. The valedictorian and salutatorian are the only 2 individuals who were asked to write a speech, sign an agreement and had a ‘deadline’. There were several speakers that were provided scripts. The scripts were developed so that students could be involved in various roles in the program. This has been customary for several years at SWEHS.

2. There was a violation of school rules during the ceremony.

 

3. Following the ceremony, a student revealed via social media that their diploma was withheld after the ceremony.

 

When a student violates school rules, consequences are almost always assigned. This situation was unique in that there was not an opportunity to assign traditional consequences because it’s obviously the last day of the students K-12 tenure. Thus, a decision was made to withhold an individual’s diploma.

 

The student earned the right to receive the diploma. In my opinion, what should have happened was a private conference with the student/family to address the rules violation and share disappointment in not following school expectations. Withholding the diploma was not the proper step. Once I found out that the diploma was withheld, I asked stakeholders to setup an immediate appointment with the family to discuss the rules violation and to provide the student with the diploma. I did apologize to the family and student on behalf of the school because I felt that the situation was mishandled. It’s not the first time that I have apologized to stakeholders on behalf of the district. If we have erred, then I believe we have a responsibility to own it.

 

Regarding the suggestion that the school had a right to stop the proceedings: That certainly could have been an option but would we be protecting the dignity of the individual? No. I don’t believe that option should have been used in this incident given the fact that the student said nothing inappropriate. If the speech was interrupted, I believe that would have caused great humiliation to the student in front of 800 people and a television audience. If profanity was used then I fully would have supported unplugging the microphone or asking the student to stop giving the speech. That did not happen in this case.

 

Each high school in Edgecombe County has set criteria, expectations and procedures in place for commencement exercises. I don’t believe the protocols need to change. Change comes in the choices we make. I hope that we as a community can learn from it, heal and move forward.

 

John

My response

From: The DCN News Blog Online TV Curmilus Dancy II (Butch) [mailto:thedcn@embarqmail.com]
Sent: Sunday, June 18, 2017 12:08
To: John Farrelly <jfarrelly@ecps.us>
Subject: Re: Response

Thank You!

I love your response. This is all I ask at anytime is that all involved tell their story.

Again my friend I appreciate you and wish you the best!

Your response is the best Father’s day present I could receive. Because all of the children of Edgecombe County are my children black, brown, white and other. I also recognize and understand that their parents may not like me but my God spoke to me years ago and told me to be a voice for the children. I will follow his instructions til the end!

I love you my brother!

Sincerely,

Curmilus Dancy II (Butch)

Dancy Communications Network

The DCN News Blog/Online TV

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Life Fully Paid Member NAACP/2nd Vice President

Edgecombe County Democratic Party Precinct Chair/County Executive Committee/State Executive Committee

(252) 314-5484

Blog: https://curmilus.wordpress.com

“I have no permanent friends no permanent enemies only permanent interest!”

John Farrelly response

From: John Farrelly [mailto:jfarrelly@ecps.us]
Sent: Sunday, June 18, 2017 15:08
To: The DCN News Blog Online TV Curmilus Dancy II (Butch) <thedcn@embarqmail.com>
Subject: Re: Response

Love you too my friend. Brothers in arms always.

Sent from my iPhone

SouthWest Edgecombe Graduation 2009 A Graduating Student Was Escorted Off The Football Field When He Yelled Out

In 2009 when my daughter graduated and was the class president my wife and her just brought to my attention that a graduating student yelled out and he was escorted off the field, did not walk across the stage and didn’t receive his diploma until a week later.

I videoed the graduation so it is probably on the video.

Damn! I have heard so many stories about graduations over the past week.

#teamdancyCurmilus

SouthWest Edgecombe Graduation Mess Since My Inbox Has Been An Issue Then Here Is An Inbox That Has Not Been Talked About

I care about folk and I show them by reaching out to them not knowing how they are going to receive it but I am ready to reap the consequences. If I get cussed out I ain’t going to respond in the negative and say that I apologize for reaching out to you.

There are many inboxes I have gone in but including all parties involved for instance some females were on facebook going at it and I asked them to stop it and to remove the mess and they did. I have inboxed some females telling them I don’t like to see a female use the f-word publicly. Some receive it well and some don’t. Hey I have been told to f-me on and just recently by Marvin’s mother on facebook several days ago and my response was I bet you want to. But Greg Higgs have tried to paint a photo that I was disrespecting the female.

There will be many who read this and know this to be true but I dare to ask them to come forward because I know what I have done.

But to my main point I inboxed Cathy Barnes on Saturday evening and asked her to call me. When she called me I told her I read her daughter’s response on facebook to the graduation mess. I said have you read it and this is how I feel about it. I said I don’t think she need to get involved publicly and she is getting ready to go to college and she do not need this following her. Cathy agreed with me and even told me she know about facebook because she had gotten fired from a job for posting something on facebook.

I didn’t know how Cathy was going to receive me having a conversation about her daughter but what I do know is I was prepared for whatever she did cussed me out or whatever. She received it then but after following this mess I have seen little comments that I know were directed to me and I couldn’t get mad and still ain’t mad.

Cathy told me that the mother told her when she arrived at the graduation that they were not going to allow him to read his speech but he was going to do it from his phone. Cathy said she and her oldest daughter said they told her not to make him do it.

Enough said I think you get my point.

#teamdancyCurmilus

SouthWest Edgecombe Graduation This Is What I Know That Ain’t Nobody Talking About A Parent Being Removed

SouthWest Graduation ain’t nobody talking about this.

One of the first one that was removed from the graduation for yelling was a Sheriff Deputy’s wife. I was standing beside a deputy and he seen it happen and didn’t do anything. Well something was eventually done. She was removed.

Now twist the hell out of that and tell me she didn’t know the rules.

Now I am one of the Sheriff of Edgecombe County most dedicated supporter for his appointment and for his upcoming election in 2018. However I am going to hold him accountable to deal with issues and if not I will call him out.

My point is the Sheriff Department is hired to come out to remove anyone who are disruptive and disrespectful so if a deputies wife, family member or friend is not removed then action need to be taken.

By no means do the Sheriff have control over how a deputies wife, family member or friend acts but if and when the deputies do not carry out their role then they must be held accountable for their non action. When the Sheriff is asked to get involved then if he does not handle the issue then that is when I am talking about I will hold him accountable.

#teamdancyCurmilus

Sandra Langley Athletic Director And Coach Response To Graduation Mess At SouthWest Edgecombe High School

The Watch Dog response: Thank you as I stated several days ago when others begin to speak up the better off this situation will be. And when the Superintendent respond to my Open Letter to him it will definitely help bring some closure to this mess. I have repeated time and time again that I don’t video events/meetings and share it on social media promoting mess so I will call out mess. This is what I am going to continue to do but on a national level since they took it there. I love Edgecombe County and have been challenging the school system when they were wrong but I support them when they are right. I pledged to be an advocate for education and that means beginning with the parents, the students and the staff because that is the order of the day. If no parent, no student, no student no need for a staff. Somebody gonna miss that.

Sandra Langley The two students that were asked to speak did sign a contract; the val and the sal. They were the only two that were to give and write speeches. So there was a paper trail. If you are not asked to write a speech, you do not need to sign a contract. Again, the two that were to write speeches did sign contracts.

No other individuals were asked to write a speech. The program was planned and the officers were asked to assist in the prepared program. These officers were given a part to read: welcome, introduction of sal and val, lighting of the memorial candle, farewell. There was nothing wrong with the program that was planned. This program was well planned and practiced graduation morning. If all individuals involved in the program follow the program and not deviate, this would have been a great program and no one would have been hurt and especially SouthWest Edgecombe’s reputation. I am all about SouthWest and I am all about having a dignified graduation. I am a team player and sometimes it is important to put team before self.

A Lawsuit Pertaining To A Graduation In NCFowler v. Williamson, 39 N.C.App. 715 (1979) 251 S.E.2d 889

There is a lawsuit being passed on during this time comparing the SouthWest case to an out of state case. See this case here in NC.

Fowler v. Williamson, 39 N.C.App. 715 (1979) 251 S.E.2d 889
© 2017 Thomson Reuters. No claim to original U.S. Government Works. 1
39 N.C.App. 715 Court of Appeals of North Carolina.
Joe C. FOWLER, Sr. and Mrs. Betty H. Fowler v. Henry WILLIAMSON, Individually and as Principal of Hickory High School, Charles Mason, Individually and as Assistant Principal of Hickory High School, Dr. Joseph Wishon, Individually and as Superintendent of Hickory City Schools, Board of Education of the Hickory Administrative School Unit, Harold K. Poovey, Individually, Sam Dula, Individually, Gene Smith, Individually, Mrs. Lois Young, Individually, Mrs. Martha Karslake, Individually, James H. Garrett, Individually, Harold K. Poovey, Sam Dula, Gene Smith, Mrs. Lois Young, Mrs. Martha Karslake, James H. Garrett and Dr. Donald G. Hayes, Members of the Board of Education of the Hickory Administrative School Unit.
No. 7825SC172. | Feb. 20, 1979.
Parents, whose son was prohibited from participating in high school graduation ceremony, brought suit against principal and assistant principal and other school officials for public embarrassment and severe mental and emotional distress which they allegedly suffered. The Superior Court, Catawba County, Forrest A. Ferrell, J., granted defendants’ motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim, entered judgment thereon and plaintiffs appealed. The Court of Appeals, Clark, J., held that: (1) where plaintiffs’ brief containing extraneous matter was considered on motion to dismiss, dismissal motion was converted into summary judgment motion, and (2) actions of high school principal, who excluded parents’ son from graduation ceremony when son first appeared in attire which violated school’s dress code and actions of assistant principal who refused to allow son to enter and take his place with his classmates after he had returned from changing his clothes while ceremony was in progress, was not tortious.
Reversed and remanded for entry of summary judgment against plaintiffs in favor of all defendants.
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[1] Pretrial Procedure Matters Deemed Admitted In considering a motion to dismiss for failure to state claim, all allegations of complaint are taken as true. Rules of Civil Procedure, rule 12(b)(6), G.S. § 1A–1.
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[2] Pretrial Procedure Insufficiency in general Test in determining whether to grant motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim is whether pleading is legally sufficient. Rules of Civil Procedure, rule 12(b)(6), G.S. § 1A–1.
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[3] Appeal and Error Scope and effect Statements of fact made in brief, and legitimate inferences therefrom, may be assumed as true as against party asserting them.
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[4] Judgment Motion or Other Application Where extraneous matter is received and considered on a motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim, the motion should then be treated as a motion for summary judgment and disposed of according to applicable rules. Rules of Civil Procedure, rules 12(b)(6), 56, G.S. § 1A–1.
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[5] Education Authority to make rules
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Right to attend school and claim benefits of public school system is subject to lawful rules prescribed for government thereof; Legislature has control over public schools and may delegate power to make rules to local administrative officers. G.S. § 115–35.
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[6] Education Authority to make rules Local school boards and school officials have implied right to adopt appropriate and reasonable rules and regulations concerning matters not provided and not inconsistent with rules provided by higher authority for purpose of carrying out their powers and duties.
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[7] Education Authority to make rules Principal of a local school may adopt reasonable rules and regulations in exercise of his powers and duties concerning matters not provided for and not inconsistent with rules provided by higher authority.
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[8] Education Grooming and dress Brushed denim pants did not fall within definition of “dress pants” as used in high school’s dress code for graduation ceremonies.
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[9] Education Violation of rules and offenses in general Discretion of the school principal should not be unduly restricted in determining violation of a rule or regulation.
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[10] Torts
Intent or malice Exercise of a legal right cannot constitute a tort even if there is a wrongful intent.
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[11] Education Ceremony Actions of high school principal, who excluded parents’ son from graduation ceremony when son first appeared in attire which violated school’s dress code and actions of assistant principal who refused to allow son to enter and take his place with his classmates after he had returned from changing his clothes while ceremony was in progress, was not tortious.
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**890 *716 It appears from the complaint that plaintiffs’ son, Joe C. Fowler, Jr., was eligible to graduate and was scheduled to participate in the graduation ceremony of Hickory High School on 2 June 1977. Plaintiffs were present in the school auditorium for the graduation ceremony. The defendant Williamson, school principal, aided and abetted by defendant Mason, assistant, would not permit plaintiffs’ son to participate in the graduation ceremony, claiming that he was not properly attired.
Plaintiffs alleged that the named defendants acted intentionally, willfully and maliciously, causing plaintiffs to suffer public embarrassment and severe mental and emotional distress, which aggravated a pre-existing heart condition of the male plaintiff, and which were reasonably foreseeable by said defendants.
The plaintiffs appeal from orders dismissing the action pursuant to Rule 12(b) (6) motions made by all defendants.
Attorneys and Law Firms
Isenhower & Long by Samuel H. Long, III, Newton, for plaintiff appellants.
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A. Terry Wood and Patrick, Harper & Dixon by James T. Patrick, Hickory, for defendant appellees, Bd. of Ed. and Individual Bd. Members.
Golding, Crews, Meekins, Gordon & Gray by E. F. Parnell, III, and Chambers, Stein, Ferguson & Becton by James C. Fuller, Jr., Charlotte, for defendant appellees, Williamson, Mason and Wishon.
Opinion
CLARK, Judge.
[1] [2] In granting the G.S. 1A-1, Rule 12(b)(6) motions of all defendants the trial court determined that plaintiffs failed to allege an actionable claim for mental and emotional distress resulting from defendant principal’s action in excluding their son from the graduation *717 ceremony. In considering a Rule 12(b) (6) motion all the allegations of the complaint are taken as true. Sutton v. Duke, 277 N.C. 94, 176 S.E.2d 161 (1970). The test is whether the pleading is legally sufficient. Alltop v. J. C. Penney Co., 10 N.C.App. 692, 179 S.E.2d 885, Cert. denied 279 N.C. 348, 182 S.E.2d 580 (1971).
[3] [4] But we do not decide whether the trial court erred in granting the motions, because the plaintiffs have filed a brief setting forth many facts other than those alleged in the complaint. Statements of fact made in briefs, and legitimate inferences therefrom, may be assumed as true as against the party asserting them. 5 C.J.S. Appeal and Error s 1343-45. See Garner v. Weston, 263 N.C. 487, 139 S.E.2d 642 (1965). In the interest of the prompt elimination of a factually unfounded claim, we elect to consider on appeal the facts asserted in plaintiffs’ brief, in addition to the allegations of the complaint. Where extraneous **891 matter is received and considered on a Rule 12(b) (6) motion to dismiss, the motion should then be treated as a motion for summary judgment and disposed of in the manner and on the conditions stated in G.S. 1A-1, Rule 56. Kessing v. National Mortgage Corp., 278 N.C. 523, 180 S.E.2d 823 (1971).
Having converted defendants’ Rule 12(b)(6) motion into a Rule 56 motion for summary judgment, the question on appeal is whether there is a genuine issue as to any material fact. Extraneous matter apart from the allegations of the complaint considered in determining this question consists
of admitted facts in plaintiffs’ “Statement of Facts” in their brief as follows: “The Appellee Williamson, Principal of Hickory High School refused to allow the Appellants’ son to participate in the ceremonies, removing the young man from the processional line a few minutes before the scheduled beginning of the ceremonies. The Appellee Williamson approached the Appellants’ son, raised the gown he was wearing and informed the student that he was not properly attired according to a dress code for the ceremonies which had been promulgated by the Appellee Williamson. The code required that male graduates wear: ‘Dress pants as opposed to jeans, shirts and ties; shoes and socks.’ The graduation instructions also required that students attend a graduation practice on June 1, *718 1977, and an Awards Day ceremony on June 2 if they were to participate in the graduation ceremony the evening of June 2, 1977. The Appellants’ son, under his graduation gown, wore a pair of brushed denim pants such as is commonly worn for dress occasions as part of a brushed denim suit and a pair of brown leather dress boots and socks, as well as a white dress shirt and solid dark tie; he had complied with the attendance requirements at the previous events. Several students who were allowed to graduate had not attended the previous events. Appellants’ son was the only student not allowed to participate in the graduation ceremonies.
After being removed from the line of prospective graduates the Appellants’ son returned home and changed clothes, but by the time he returned to the auditorium most of the graduates had entered the hall and the Appellee Mason, an Assistant Principal, refused to allow young Fowler to enter and take his place with his classmates.
Although the Appellants were not physically present at the place where the Appellee removed their son from the line of graduates they were present in the Auditorium, and when the processional began, some ten to twelve minutes after the above-described incident, they immediately became aware that their son was not in the line of graduates. The Appellants sent their daughter to investigate their son’s absence and upon learning the reason therefor became extremely emotionally distressed and upset.“
It is clear from the statement of the facts that defendant school principal had adopted a dress code for the graduation ceremony which required that the male
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members of the graduating class, including plaintiffs’ son, wear “dress pants as opposed to jeans.” [5] The right to attend school and claim the benefits of the public school systems is subject to lawful rules prescribed for the government thereof. The legislature has control over the public schools and may delegate the power to make rules to local administrative officers. Coggins v. Board of Education, 223 N.C. 763, 28 S.E.2d 527 (1944). See G.S. 115-35 for delegation of powers and duties to local administrative units.
[6] Local school boards and school officials have the implied right to adopt appropriate and reasonable rules and regulations *719 for the purpose of carrying out their powers and duties. G.S. 115-146 imposes upon principals and teachers the duty to maintain good order and discipline and may use reasonable force in so doing. This statute was held to be constitutional on its face in Baker v. Owen, 395 F.Supp. 294 (M.D.N.C.1975), Aff’d 423 U.S. 907, 46 L.Ed.2d 137, 96 S.Ct. 210 (1975).
**892 [7] The principal of a local school may adopt reasonable rules and regulations in the exercise of his powers and duties concerning matters not provided for and not inconsistent with the rules provided by higher authority. 79 C.J.S. Schools and School Districts s 494.
It has been established that a school may adopt a dress code and may exclude a student from participating in certain school programs, including graduation ceremonies, if the student does not comply with the dress code. Hill v. Lewis, 323 F.Supp. 55 (E.D.N.C.1971); Valentine v. Independent School District, 191 Iowa 1100, 183 N.W. 434 (1921); Christmas v. El Reno Board of Educ., 313 F.Supp. 618 (W.D.Okla.1970), Aff’d 449 F.2d 153 (1971); Corley v. Daunhauer, 312 F.Supp. 811 (E.D.Ark.1970).
The complaint alleges that the defendant school principal “wrongfully claimed and alleged that plaintiffs’ son was not properly attired so as to be permitted to participate in said ceremonies . . . .” The complaint does not allege, but the stated facts establish, that there was a dress code for the graduation ceremony. There is no claim that the dress code was unreasonable or in violation of due process or any other right of plaintiffs or their son. The complaint does allege that the school principal Wrongfully claimed that plaintiffs’ son was not properly attired but this allegation is negated by the admitted facts in plaintiffs’ brief.
[8] The dress code required that plaintiffs’ son wear “dress pants as opposed to jeans” for the graduation ceremony. The son wore, according to the stated facts, “a pair of brushed denim pants.” Most words have recognized variations of meaning, but we are unable to find any authority in law or semantics which recognizes “denim pants”, brushed or unbrushed, to mean “dress pants as opposed to jeans.” Webster’s Third New International Dictionary (1968) defines “jean” as “pants usually made of jean or denim and worn for work or sports”, and defines “denim” as *720 “overalls or trousers usually of dark blue denim for work or rough use.” Admittedly these definitions have been somewhat eroded by the widespread wear of denim jeans during the last decade by young people for purposes other than work or sports, but they have yet to achieve the status of “dress pants as opposed to jeans,” which are commonly worn to formal or ceremonial functions.
[9] We find that defendant Williamson, as principal of Hickory High School, established a lawful and valid dress code for eligible graduates participating in the graduation ceremony. Neither his right to do so nor the legality of the dress code as adopted is attacked by the complaint. The plaintiffs’ son appeared for the graduation ceremony attired in violation of the code in that he did not wear dress pants as required but instead wore denim jeans. The defendant principal had the legal right to exclude plaintiffs’ son from the graduation ceremony for violation of the dress code, and in doing so he did not Wrongfully claim that the son was not properly attired, as alleged in the complaint. The discretion of a school principal should not be unduly restricted in determining the violation of a rule or regulation.
[10] The exercise of a legal right cannot constitute a tort even if there is a wrongful intent. Childress v. Abeles, 240 N.C. 667, 84 S.E.2d 176 (1954), Petition for rehearing dismissed 242 N.C. 123, 86 S.E.2d 916 (1955); Evans v. Morrow, 234 N.C. 600, 68 S.E.2d 258 (1951).
We note that plaintiffs’ claim is based on the allegation of tortious conduct by defendant Williamson, the school principal, in excluding plaintiffs’ son from the graduation ceremony when the son first appeared in brushed denim pants, and not in excluding him when he, after changing to dress pants, reappeared as the ceremony was in progress. [11] We conclude that the facts admitted by the plaintiffs in their brief negate the allegations of the complaint
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that the defendant school principal acted wrongfully in excluding plaintiffs’ son from the graduation ceremony, and since the admitted facts established a factually unfounded **893 claim without a genuine issue of fact this action should be summarily and finally determined by this Court.
*721 In electing to consider the facts admitted in plaintiffs’ brief, we do not infer that the complaint states a cause of action. We do not find it necessary in this case to determine whether plaintiffs could recover for emotional distress as a result of intentional wrong to their son when they were not present at the time the act occurred.
Finally, it is noted that plaintiffs’ son sued the defendants under a civil right statute seeking compensatory damages
in the United States District Court. The action was dismissed for failure to state a claim. Fowler v. Williamson, 448 F.Supp. 497 (W.D.N.C.1978).
The orders dismissing the action pursuant to Rule 12(b) (6) as to all defendants are vacated, and this cause is remanded for entry of summary judgment against plaintiffs in favor of all defendants.
Reversed and remanded.
MITCHELL and WEBB, JJ., concur.
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An Open Letter To John Farrelly Superintendent Edgecombe County Public Schools In Response To SouthWest Edgecombe Graduation 2017

I have supported you speaking out when parents talked junk about you and your stand on keeping the children out of school during bad weather because they don’t even want them at home. I still stand with you on that.

Mr. Farrelly and I regret I can’t call you Dr. Farrelly because the Doctorate that you will receive you are going to receive it soon while you were given the opportunity to obtain it while being our superintendent. The school in Dare County will get to call you Dr. Farrelly soon when you report there on July 1st.

I am totally embarrassed at what I witnessed one week ago from today when I attended and videoed the graduation. You were there along with the school board members and 2 associate superintendents at least.

When I read your first response you didn’t say anything about an apology on the internet responding to someone that was shared on a facebook page I felt good. But when the media began to get involved I learned you apologized and told the principal to take the diploma to the house over the weekend I was totally pissed.

Mr. Farrelly you threw the principal under the bus because first of all how in the hell do you apologize for someone else actions especially a grown person? An apology from you mean absolutely nothing.

Mr. Farrelly to make it appear that it is okay for you to throw the principal under the bus without putting out a statement giving the complete guidelines pertaining to graduation is a direct slap in the face to an educated black man.

Now I am asking that you send out a detailed explanation to how a graduation should be done. Include in it that all students are to abide by the rules set forth by the advisor and the principal. Make it clear that the president is not the main speaker because they are just an elected student which is by popularity and not by academics. How can the president get more time than the valedictorian and the salutatorian when they earn those positions by academics. How can the president think he can turn his speech in late and I don’t give a damn who approve that the content and grammar was okay? How can the president decide what he feels is what he can say and disrespect the advisor and the principal? How can the president just because he has the mic think it is okay to say whatever he feels?

Mr. Farrelly you make it appear that a student can break the rules and it is okay but the principal can’t say anything. What should have happened since the school hires officers to work to remove anyone who are disruptive and do not follow the rules is the principal should have stood up, walked up to podium and asked for the mic. The principal should have said that since the president is not abiding by the rules we are going on to the next thing on the program. If the principal chose to allow the president to continue then he should have said okay the president is not reading the approved speech and sat back down. I know the principal of the schools have control over their schools to a certain degree and this was something that met using his authority.

Mr. Farrelly tell me what else could have been possibly done on that night to send a message to students that it is not okay to not abide by the rules?

Mr. Farrelly students that are serious about school along with their parents ought to be outraged about what took place from a student standpoint because this was not only about the diploma but disrespecting the valedictorian and the salutatorian. The staff at SouthWest ought to be outraged because they have to deal with the children so if they are given the okay to disrespect the principal hell ain’t nothing they will be able to tell them.

I am totally embarrassed about this entire situation and more embarrassed that you have not done anything to help the transition before you leave. This does not only affect SouthWest but all the schools across the county and the state but not limited to.

Please respond asap.

Curmilus Dancy II
SouthWest Alumni

Edgecombe administrators withhold diploma for student’s refusal to read school-written speech – WRAL

Edgecombe County, N.C. — High school graduation day should be a celebration, but for one Edgecombe County senior, it is a day he will never forget.

As Southwest Edgecombe County High School’s senior class president, Marvin Wright was allowed to write a speech and read it aloud at graduation.

“I really worked hard on this speech,” he said.

Wright said on the day of graduation, he was told by school administrators that he would not be able to read his speech. He would have to read one the school wrote for him.

“I think my classmates would like to hear what I have to say instead of the one you wrote for me,” Wright said.

While on stage during the ceremony, Wright said he followed his heart and chose to read his speech instead. (Read more)

Video/Photos: Attention – In Response To Jokita Wright Asking Me What Did I Think Of Her Son Speech

imageMy videos/photos don’t lie. This is why I video so when folk get amnesia I can play it back for them. My videos/photos can work for you or against you. Click on photo to watch the speech beginning around the 13:30 minute timeframe.

Earlier today while I was at work and Ms. Wright was posting all kinds of mess on my page and/or tagging me in her comments.

I have searched and searched and can’t find the post where Ms. Wright asked me what did I think of her son’s speech and that I ought to admit it was awesome.

First of all I don’t think anything of the speech. Folk have been saying that was it because he mentioned God and you that was the problem. I said I don’t know all I know is you and he admitted that you didn’t follow the instructions by the school.

I got lost in the speech because as I stated earlier I was trying to figure out what the hell was going on? I knew he could read because I videoed and took photos of him 2 Sundays ago at the poorly attended baccalaureate. I was trying to figure out what was going on because of his actions and the folk on the stage were looking around as if something was not right.

I also wondered why he was not on the stage so therefor that also let me know something was not right.

After he came out of the auditorium and came over to you and said they pulled his diploma that confirmed my observations that something was not right.

Now going back to the speech, I was totally embarrassed this black Senior Class President making it a speech that I got lost in. I have heard many negative comments about the way he was reading and I have been telling folk that you made him do it and he was nervous. A source close to you told me that you told them when they arrived at the school that they were not going to allow him to read his speech. They said when he stood up you pointed your phone towards him to say you got your phone and that he nodded his head. Since I had moved to the back of the room to capture all of the students up close as they marched out as folk calling out students names and their faces as I snap photos. I post the video and photos on Facebook and Youtube so parents can see them and can get copies from me. Hell when children ask for a copy I give it to them and if someone gave me a donation I only ask for $5.00. Who does that? The folk, I assume either school system staff or someone hired to live stream the ceremony for the schools do not capture them coming like I do because they get the back of them.

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The reason why they were talking behind him is because the Principal didn’t see him take out the phone and the Advisor informed the Principal.

Like I stated earlier I was trying not to further comment but ain’t no damn body going to bully me especially on my page and tagging me in their mess.

I am gonna stop right here because only ignants will not get this, I can’t just make these things up.

I asked the Wrights to take the mess down, I was trying to help but you can’t help folk who do not want to be helped.

Now You Can C.D. This! Let’s see You Run & Tell This!

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