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Zebulon charter school calls for unity amid headmaster turmoil

Posted April 3, 2012

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— Parents of students at a Zebulon charter school whose headmaster was fired last week amid allegations that he inappropriately touched two female employees called for unity Tuesday at a public meeting with school administrators.

Zebulon police are investigating sexual battery claims against Brandon Smith, who has not been charged with any crime, from two women who worked with him at East Wake Academy.

The school's governing board decided to fire Smith on March 29, though they said he was a "fine school administrator."

Smith has denied any wrongdoing.

At a meeting Tuesday night, parents questioned the way school administrators dealt with the allegations against Smith, but said it was time for the school community to come together and move forward.

Parents question Zebulon school's handling of allegations against headmaster Parents ask Zebulon school to move forward after headmaster turmoil

"There are way too many parent with no idea what's going on," said Sherri Williams. "(Still), I think East Wake Academy is an incredible school."

Becky Thorton said she hopes the school can learn from the situation and be more straightforward with parents in the future.

"If not, all of this happened for nothing," she said. "I would like how we dealt with this to be addressed."

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  • ashwednesday36 Apr 13, 2012

    Almost as busy as someone who develops a moniker that implies a legal background as if this would carry some weight here. Brandon's attorney knows that (officially) the ZPD has no obligation to share anything with him until charges are filed. IF he knows someone at ZPD who is sharing information....well, that is the way the game is played is it not? FYI....emails and digital film/photos may be erased, but are never "gone." IF emails were sent between Brandon and either of these two women the emails are still on the computer(s).....as is EVERYTHING else he has sent.

  • ashwednesday36 Apr 13, 2012

    Oh trust me.....I have been quite busy LOL!!!!

  • raleighlaw1996 Apr 13, 2012

    Yes let's check back in a week. It appears that you have nothing else to do anyway.

  • ashwednesday36 Apr 13, 2012

    Hmmmm....within a week? Well then, let's try back on April 19 at 2:46 pm to see. In the mean time let's hope Brandon decides to follow through with his threats to sue the womna making these charges. At that point their attorneys could easily find many of those "disgruntled" employees......oh let's hope they all hung on to the documents they received from Brandon.....with his signature....with the threats and trumped up charges.

  • raleighlaw1996 Apr 12, 2012

    this will all be over with in a week because the case will be closed due to lack of evidence

  • 2penny Apr 11, 2012

    There has been no shortage of people who are willing to serve on the board. The board is self appointed and self elected. You must be invited by unanimous vote of the board to receive an invitation to join. Being a concerned and having the correct qualifications and support of the parents or teachers is not sufficient to even allow a person to run for the board. A change in the charter is required.

  • ashwednesday36 Apr 11, 2012

    Either way you look at it Brandon is NOT the only guilty party here. If an investigation does not ensue then it will be business as usual at EWA in regards to how teachers are treated. Someone MUST investigate these actions!!!

  • ashwednesday36 Apr 11, 2012

    In ref to 2penny.....think of the evidence. These two women reported this....the abuse allegations. Did these reports go dorectly to the board chair? If so then how/why did the emails of these two women get turned off? Did the board do it? If they did they were assuming something was there that could incriminate. Did someone on the board warn Brandon? If they did they were complicit in trying to cover it up.

  • ashwednesday36 Apr 11, 2012

    In a word, mayfair, no! The only way Bradnon was able to do what he did was with the support of at least most of the board and the assistants of the school. There is so much more to know.

  • 2penny Apr 11, 2012

    I have asked myself many times why the good people of the board turned a blind eye to what was happening. It has been very confusing. The only way I can explain it is that being a good person is not enough to make you a good leader. The fine, kind and moral board members seemed unable to stand up to he board president, Mr. Smith or the board attorney.

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