This evening, a group of citizens showed up before the regularly scheduled school board meeting to protest, and show their dissatisfaction with recent policy and direction taken by the newly elected board. The protest, which started about an hour before the meeting had been scheduled weeks in advance by Awake Brevard Action Alliance.
A key focus of the protest was book banning, amongst other hot button issues, including the recent attacks on the LGBTQ community. Protestors also brought a prop, made to look like the wheel that Sheriff Wayne Ivey uses in his ‘Wheel of Fugitive’ social media show. Their version was entitled ‘Wheel of Corruption.’
Outside of the building is a PA system which allows listeners to hear the meeting that may not have been able to make it inside. Prior to the 5:30pm start time of the meeting, the microphones were live and already broadcasting to the outside system. Likely unaware that this was happening, School Board Chair Matt Susin was overheard speaking to Board Member Megan Wright when he then called the protestors outside “a bunch of lunatics.”
Brevard Democrats Chair Pamela Castellana was the first to address the matter during public comment.