The conservative Wake Community Network is continuing its criticism of Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby for seeking mediation for the 30 people arrested for disrupting Wake County school board meetings.
In today's Daily Journal, Joey Stansbury contrasts the mediation efforts for the school board protesters with the Occupy Raleigh protesters who've shown up in court ready to go to trial. Stansbury believes that the Occupy Raleigh protesters were less confrontational and volatile than the school board protesters.
"So Willoughby is concerned about court dockets with (the Rev. William) Barber as it relates to BOE meetings but not with Occupy Raleigh?" Stansbury writes. "Why? Why the difference between Occupy Raleigh protestors and those arrested at Wake BOE meetings? We'll let our readers make that judgment."
The new Democratic school board majority could officially decide as soon as Tuesday to accept mediation, reversing the action of the outgoing GOP majority.
"There's no doubt that newly elected Wake Board of Education members Susan "the singing CPA" Evans, Jim Martin and Christine Kushner have a personal interest in these Board of Education arrests going the way of mediation," Stansbury writes. "All were intimately involved with encouraging and participating in the chaos creation that lead to these arrests."
Stansbury writes that "unfortunately, we have two groups and two standards."
"This is not a battle between (former school board chairman Ron) Margiotta and Willaim Barber as the 54.2% Coalition and their chaos creation crew would have Wake County citizens believe," Stansbury writes. "It is a question of whether Wake County citizens can have a duly elected body conduct its business free from the unruly conduct and disruptions of outsiders."
Stansbury continues the theme of questioning the use of mediation for the school board protesters by looking in today's Daily Journal at the backgrounds of some of those who were arrested.