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Former Berkeley School Board member says rights were violated

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A district attorney did tell us the additional line on the card is simply clarification of the policy against allowing discussion of personnel matters. A district attorney did tell us the additional line on the card is simply clarification of the policy against allowing discussion of personnel matters.

A former Berkeley County School Board member says all options are on the table, including filing a lawsuit, after he says his rights were violated at a recent Berkeley County School Board meeting.

Terry Hardesty says,"When I first went in, the girl handed me a card and said you probably want to read this."

The card was his request to speak before the board card. Hardesty planned to address the board about a SLED investigation during the public comment portion of the meeting. Hardesty said, "and I made the comment to her, that I didn't need to read it I had helped write it as a school board member."

The back of the sign up card has a new underlined portion at the bottom that states the board will not receive public comment at this time regarding the investigation until the investigation is complete. "So before I even spoke, now Chairman Murray warned me I wouldn't be allowed to speak about it."

We tried to speak with Chairman Kent Murray or someone else from the school district.  A district spokesman told us SLED has told them to remain silent regarding the investigation. A district attorney did tell us the additional line on the card is simply clarification of the policy against allowing discussion of personnel matters.  

Hardesty said he was not talking about specific personnel, "you do have a right, and we've always had a right in this country to speak to our elected officials as citizens. It is in the Constitution. We have a right to redress. And it's pretty upsetting."

Hardesty said he is considering all of his options, including legal options, "I don't want to. That would be my last resort. But I think that would be an option."


The district's attorney tells us they do not plan to alter the notice on the back of the public comment card.

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