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Allegations Lead To Heated Debate At Clinton School Board Meeting

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CLINTON, N.C. — Allegations of racism and nepotism in the Clinton school system sparked heated debate at a special school board meeting Tuesday night.

A predominantly black, standing room only crowd voiced their concerns over the allegation that Clinton High School principal Jeff Bell made a racial slur in front of a school employee.

Some teachers at the school signed a support statement, but teacher Lee Howard said not all teachers had that opportunity and that is what made many people mad.

Bell was at the meeting, but declined to comment, referring to the school board attorney.Others had plenty to say, including Henry Moss of the NAACP.

Moss said nepotism is at the root of the problem. The principal's brother, Joe Bell, is the chairman of the school board.

Many people at the meeting accused the board of not acting because of that family connection.

The school board is expected to have the results of the investigation by its Oct. 7 meeting. The meeting is not open to the public.

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