Posted October 13, 2019 11:29:17 A middle school in suburban Atlanta is embroiled in a heated debate after one of its members resigned over the weekend over the fact that she told a crowd that she was the president of a KKK group.
At least five people are being investigated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for allegedly making false statements during a meeting at Parkland High School on Saturday, a school spokesperson said.
“I was in the middle of a discussion about the recent incident where some members of the board of trustees and students were called out for their comments and actions,” the unnamed teacher, identified as “Sue” in a statement provided by the school, said.
“I was at a point where I had to leave the room and walk out to get help.
I had been sitting there with my hands in my pockets, trying to calm down as the meeting was going on.
I don’t remember saying anything to anyone else, but I was concerned.”
Sue’s Facebook page says she is a member of the Parkland Student Black Alliance.
The school said it does not know if Sue is a teacher or a student and did not respond to a request for comment from NBC News.
The Georgia Bureau is investigating allegations that students were given materials that contained anti-Semitic, anti-black, and anti-white imagery during the board meeting.
The school did not immediately respond to NBC News’ request for additional comment.
Parkland High posted on its Facebook page on Sunday that it was investigating whether the district’s vice president of student affairs had been involved in a “misconduct incident.”
The incident, which happened Saturday, was reported by the AJC and was not reported to the school’s administrators, the school said.
The AJC also reported that a second member of Parkland’s board resigned on Sunday, after students at the high school reported hearing a man yelling racist and homophobic slurs.
Another member of a local NAACP chapter, “Namisha Brown,” also resigned Saturday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Both women had been with the school for two years and had been promoted to superintendent, the AJT reported.
Brown, a black woman, said she was forced to resign after she told the Atlanta school board members that she is not a racist.
The students at Parklland told the AJJ that they were instructed not to ask any questions about her race or ethnicity during a private meeting in October, when a board member asked her about her Klan membership.
Namishah Brown has said she is an active member of black politics and was recently nominated as a vice president for the Atlanta chapter of the NAACP.
Brown is black and has been a district superintendent for the past two years.
Black students are not permitted to attend public schools in Georgia, and the NAACP opposes racial segregation.
Students who say they were subjected to racism at Parklands were also forced to leave on Sunday.
Some students were forced to walk out of the building when they tried to get outside, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution reported.
An Atlanta Police Department officer was also at the meeting and is investigating the matter, the paper reported.
“The actions of the person who made the statements and statements that occurred at Parklambs board meeting are disturbing, and I condemn the actions of that person,” the district said in a release.
“I have spoken with the person involved, and am deeply disturbed by what he did,” the superintendent, said in the statement.
A spokesperson for the superintendent said the school will continue to investigate the incident and hold its board meeting on Monday.