WESTOVER, MD – Daily Times reporter Deborah Gates describes a free-for-all at this month’s Somerset County Board of Education meeting as competing groups collided over recent criticism of Washington High School principal William Johnson. Parents have accused Johnson of poor leadership and spoke of disciplinary issues at the last two BOE meetings. At this month’s meeting supporters of Johnson came out and accused Johnson critics of being racially motivated.
At several points during the meeting BOE chair William Miles had to gavel the crowd to order. Several Johnson supporters called for the resignation of BOE members Dan Kuebler and Robert Wells because of their public criticism of Johnson.
At several points in the evening a Johnson supporter attempted prevent Gates from taking pictures of Johnson. After the meeting, Johnson supporter went so far as to steal Gates’ cell which she was taking pictures with. A police officer had to retrieve Gate’s property.