Here's the post for you guys to comment on the 106 people who've signed up to speak at today's Wake County school board meeting.
The questions is how long school boar chairman Ron Margiotta will allow comment to go before cutting it off. Based on the turnout, Margiotta said he's reducing the speaking time from three minutes a person to two minutes a speaker.
But even at just two minutes a speaker, we're looking at three hours and 42 minutes of comments.
As a sign of how large the crowd is, people are standing in the hallway because the board room is full. For the first time in recent memory, Raleigh police officers and Wake County sheriff's deputies are providing security at the meeting.
Update at 7 p.m. Afer 54 speakers, publlc comment has been stopped by Margiotta with 47 left to go.
The school board has just come back from a 10-minute recess after Curtis Gatewood, 2nd vice president of the state NAACP, refused to stop speaking.
It was a heated exchange by Gatewood, who accused the school board members of being racists during his public comments.
“If you expect to go to hell, don’t take our childen with you," Gatewood said.
Margiotta gavelled him out of order saying he was offended, leading to another shot by Gatewood.
“If you’re a white racist, you should be offended.” Gatwood said, drawing cheers.
When time ran out, Margiotta told him to stop speaking. But Gatewood refused, saying he had been interrupted.
Poilce approached him with Margiotta calling a recess. The Rev. William Barber, state NAACP president, interceded for Gatewood, saying Margiotta hadn't interrupted anyone else.
After the recess, Margiotta gave him 30 more seconds. On Gatewood's way out, he was cheered by the crowd.