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It happened, they removed Joe Robinson from the Hillsborough school board meeting



It's probably up on YouTube somewhere. A lot of people had smart phones with video. And a good number raised those phones up when they saw Joe Robinson escorted from the Hillsborough County School Board meeting on Tuesday.

Robinson, a constant critic of school district actions, shows clear contempt when he's given his three minutes to speak. "Mismanagement, misfeasance, malfeasance, that's what you're doing," he said. Lately he's been talking about a run for school board himself, although he hasn't specified which district.  Sometimes he chants, "Three-five-seven, vote 'em out." On Tuesday it was a more abbreviated "Three to seven, vote 'em out."

Tired of the tirades, board members checked with their attorney and were told they do not have allow political campaigning during the meetings. So when Robinson started chanting, chairwoman Candy Olson ordered him to stop.

He argued with her, and she invoked the board civility policy. Next thing he knew, he was being hustled out the door. "For what reason? Give me a reason?" he asked repeatedly. He accused his handlers of battery. Up went the smart phones.

And the meeting went on.



[Last modified: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 9:35pm]


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