Education

Protesters flock in Lee County after school board member attends pro-Trump DC rally

Posted January 12, 2021 11:52 p.m. EST
Updated January 13, 2021 4:37 p.m. EST

— Dozens of protesters gathered outside Lee County High School Tuesday night to convince school board member Sherry-Lynn Womack to resign, after Womack was a part of a rally in Washington, D.C. that evolved into the riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Some Lee County residents are calling for a school board member to resign for being part of the rally in Washington D.C. that evolved into the U.S. Capitol riot.

The public comment period lasted nearly an hour and 30 minutes. Womack told WRAL that she isn't even considering resigning.

"I've done nothing wrong, and I stand by that. And I truly believe the community will stand by that, as well, once the facts are known."

Womack released a statement Tuesday that further explains her stance:

"I unequivocally denounced the violence that took place in our nation's capital, it was not patriotism it was thuggery. I did not participate in any violent activities nor do I condone the behaviors of some protestors who swarmed into the Capitol. I condemn all acts of violence and threats to government officials that took place.

"With that being said, the last time I checked this was a free country and I have the constitutionally protected rights to assemble and express my concerns in public places. My service to the Lee County School Board is not conditioned on me waiving those rights.

"I also recognize as an elected official; my actions are constantly being scrutinized. So, it comes as no surprise there are some who will be critical of my attendance at the Ellipse. FYI, the ellipse is 2 miles away from the capital. I was NOT at the capital! What unites us is greater than what divides us, we should not be sowing the seeds of anger and division, but focusing on improving the education of our children in Lee County."

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