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Henderson County school board member charged with communicating threat

Posted June 8

— A Henderson County school board member, who is on leave of absence after he was arrested in May, was arrested again on a misdemeanor charge of communicating a threat.

Michael Absher, 27, of Hendersonville turned himself in after a staff member at East Henderson High School accused Absher of threatening him.

Henderson County sheriff's deputies arrested Absher in May after accusations of allowing underage drinking at his nonprofit for homeless kids.

Tony Carswell was working at the front desk at the high school on Tuesday morning when he said Absher came to the school and refused to sign in - Absher's reason being that he is a school board member.

According to Carswell, he told Absher he was not a school board member because he took a leave of absence and he said Absher threatened him by saying "I will whip your a**."

Carswell went to a magistrate judge who found probable cause to charge Absher with a misdemeanor for communicating a threat, deputies said.

Absher and his attorney, they said, showed up to the sheriff's office, where he was arrested and released on a $1,000 secured bond.

Deputies arrested Absher about two weeks ago after accusations surfaced that he allowed underage drinking at his home for homeless kids -- Only Hope WNC.

Carswell, who did not want to go on camera, said the incident at the school had nothing to do with the charge from May.

Mary Louise Corn, a Henderson County school board member, said neither of Absher's charges would affect the school board.

"He has taken a voluntary leave of absence and, so, during that period of time he is not representing the school board," Corn said.

Corn and Superintendent Bo Caldwell said the school board and administration is cooperating with law enforcement during their investigation.

Efforts to reach Absher and his attorney were unsuccessful.

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