November 18, 2015

JCSchools Last night there was standing room only at the Jasper County School Board (BOE) meeting; it appeared there were at least 100 people attending. Five people were allowed to speak. We plan to have the video of each speaker available tonight, and we will put them out on this blog and our Facebook page.

The BOE refused to make any comments, and the Superintendent, Mike Newton, said they would issue a statement later. Even after being pushed by a citizen as to when they would tell the people what they planned to do, the BOE would not answer.

Many people left during the long, drawn out meeting, but around 30 people stayed until the BOE went into Executive Session for “Confidential Records.” When pressed if they would go into Executive Session for “Personnel”, Chair Shannon Barton repeated “Confidential Records.” It was surprising that the BOE seemed to refuse to discuss the personnel issues brought up by the citizens in attendance.

An email has since been received from Mike Newton stating, When we exited executive session, I felt the need for the Board to re-enter the executive session for personnel matters.  The Board and I appreciated all public comments, and the Board has directed me to provide a written statement in response to the concerns raised during the public comment session. I promised the speakers who were still in attendance that I would send each the response in writing by Friday.”

TWG will post a blog with that statement as soon as it is released.

Thank you to all the people that took time to attend this meeting. What goes on in Jasper County Schools is important to all of us, and we need to take the time to ensure our School Board understands the concerns of the parents and the community. If the BOE, the Superintendent, and the principals attending didn’t understand there were problems that had to be corrected after last night, then we need new School Board members.


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  1. AggravatedMom says:

    While I BY NO MEANS will defend Mr Davis, I do have to say that the board and the superintendent have an enormous task at hand. I would bet everything I have that they are having the same conversations that we are (behind closed doors with their spouses or someone very close to them whom they can trust, I’m sure). They have to look at the issue from both sides, so as to not subject themselves to some kind of nonsense lawsuit about discrimination or what not. We all know that most, if not all, of the board members and the superintendent are Christians! They don’t like any of this shenanigans just as much as the rest of us do! Surely you know they care. They just can’t show a whole lot of emotion because they can’t come across as one sided, one way or the other. This teacher can’t be fired for being transgendered, whether we like it or not. Transgenderism is here to stay, whether we like it or not. He’s asking everyone to tolerate and respect his lifestyle – but he should be expected to tolerate and be respectful of everyone whose belief system doesn’t align with his!!!! It HAS to go both ways! He is the adult in this situation! If you want tolerance and respect, set the example!!! If he should be fired (legally) for anything, it should be his incompetence as a teacher. Have you seen his spelling?!?! My daughter’s been telling me about it, and with the post on here that shows Mr Davis’ Facebook post, I now see her point! He also does NOT stay on curriculum. Most recently, with the news coming out about Charlie Sheen being HIV +, he is trying to tell HIGH SCHOOLERS, of all people, that HIV cannot be spread. What?!?!? Is that even on the curriculum for world history??? I didn’t think so either. He’s always debating the students on one thing or another, whether it’s police brutality or his thinking on whether HIV can spread or not, it’s always something. How do I know this? I have a very intelligent child in one of his classes, who has to bite her tongue every single day. You’d be amazed at some of the stuff this guy says to his students. Stay on curriculum! I personally am a Christian. and it does sicken me that he would say what he did about the Bible. And I guarantee you that it has sickened the superintendent and the board as well. They are in such a tough position with having parents and students being so upset about what’s going on, at the same time their hands are tied. I honestly feel bad for them. They’re taking a lot of heat while we all know they’re thinking the same things we are. Maybe we could all come up with different ways that he has violated the law, or ways that he is incompetent as a teacher. Those are the only ways we can even halfway expect a change to come about.

    • Michael A. Jorgenson says:

      Why, exactly, do you say “their hands are tied”? Can the superintendent not simply fire this “educator” on the grounds of causing a distracting, colossal waste of time and valuable resources in the ongoing discussion of his/her personal values or agenda? Seriously, what does any of this have to do with teaching history? In the real world, if something is broken, you either fix it, replace it, or do without it. Why can’t we simply do that here? According to, the teacher known as Brian G. Davis earned a salary of $57,140 from the Jasper County Board of Education in fiscal year 2014. I ask you, “Are the parents and students of Jasper County getting their money’s worth from this teacher?” If not, then get rid of him/her! Why is this so complicated?

  2. Tip of the Iceberg says:

    Witch hunt? Because you don’t agree with the topic? If you don’t like it don’t read it, but plenty of parents don’t like their children subjected to Lykee’s way of thinking and wouldn’t have know about it if TWG hadn’t had the guts to put it out.

  3. Stephen Langton says:

    The ongoing attacks on the Christian faith and family values by instructors at Jasper County High School is just another manifestation of allowing members of a pro-homosexual, radical leftwing church to dominate and guide local politics at all levels. The deviant left has an agenda, whether we Christians care to acknowledge it or not. Those who do not stand against the mortal sin of preaching blasphemy in their own church cannot be expected to stand against sin in the secular world. Think about this the next time you go to the polls.

  4. crazyvirago says:

    While the posts about Tommy Craig are legitimate and relevant, some of the topics on this board seem like modern day witch hunts.

    • Stephen Langton says:

      It is the responsible parents duty and desire to protect their children from physical, moral and spiritual harm. When social justice witches stalk innocent children , then there is legitimate cause for a witch hunt.Do you think a parents’ parental rights to oversee their children’ education stops at the the schoolhouse door? But, then you’ve already answered that question haven’t you.

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