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Zebulon charter school calls for unity amid headmaster turmoil

Posted April 3, 2012 8:25 p.m. EDT
Updated April 3, 2012 11:49 p.m. EDT

— 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.

"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."