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Richland Two school board votes to censure member after alleged threat to head football coach

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The Richland Two Board of Trustees voted 5-2 Tuesday to censure board member Melinda Anderson after she allegedly made a threatening remark about her grandson's football coach in October.

Monica Elkins-Johnson and Anderson casted dissenting votes.

"Fellow board members, I believe that we have a public responsibility to address an issue that has received widespread community concern and media coverage over the past few weeks," said Richland School District Two Board Chair Dr. William Flemming.

"We all know Ms. Anderson to be a person with very strong feelings… a compassionate person who has served this District for many years," Flemming said at Tuesday's meeting. "Like the rest of us on this board – and, indeed in this room- Ms. Anderson cares very deeply about members of her own family. Maybe, because of this "passion" Ms. Anderson overstepped her role as a school board member, and made a seriously threatening remark about a head football coach in the District during a meeting with the District's Superintendent, Dr. Debbie Hamm, and our Chief Human Resources Office, Roosevelt Garrick."

According to a Richland County Sheriff's Department incident report, Anderson said  "I'm so angry I just want to kill the coach and I have a gun," about the treatment of her grandson by Westwood High School Head Football Coach Rodney Summers.

The incident report indicates Summers did not press charges.

"The board discussed these incidents with Ms. Anderson present on more than one occasion, in an effort to work through these issues with her," Flemming said. "This is not about a coach or his staff, but about ownership of actions by a Board member and the fall-out they produced."

The specific reason Anderson was upset with Summers' treatment of her grandson has not been made public.

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