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Enloe High School students asking for dismissal of charges in water-balloon incident

Should the seven Enloe High School students arrested for throwing water balloons, and possibly even nastier stuff, have the charges dropped?

As noted in today's article, the students who spoke at Thursday's news conference and their supporters say the Enloe school administration, Wake County school system and Raleigh Police overreacted to the May 16 incident.

The speakers also said that the balloons were only filled with water and that the students engaged in behavior that was childish but not criminal.

Tony Tata meeting with NC HEAT on Thursday

Wake County Superintendent Tony Tata could face his roughest grilling yet when he meets Thursday night with the teenagers from NC HEAT.

Tata had agreed to meet with NC HEAT when several members protested outside his appearance at the Wake County Taxpayers Association meeting in January. NC HEAT has been hardcore in its protests against the end of the diversity policy, with some of its members being arrested at board meetings.

"It was disappointing to us that Mr. Tata decided his first visit with the community would be with the Wake County Taxpayers Association, we felt this sent a very unfortunate and partisan message," said Monserrat Alvarez, co-chair of NC HEAT, in a press release posted today by Bob Geary on his blog for the Independent. "We asked Tata to meet with us as well, and he agreed so we are looking forward to hearing his responses to our concerns, not just the concerns of the wealthy members of our community."

UPDATE

Fliers promoting Saturday's NC HEAT protest are being handed out by audience members at Tuesday's school board meeting.

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