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Dear Editor,
This is a letter written to address some of the concerns that I feel need to be publicly addressed in regards to the election of one Marcus Scott to the Liberty Board of Education from District 5. I, personally, am in a quandary as to what were the voters in District 5 thinking when they put this man in a position of authority over their children. Certain issues regarding this man demand further scrutiny.

The Coastal Courier ran a story on this man June 21, 2008 prior to an unsuccessful run for a BOE seat by Mr. Scott and from which I will provide quotes and reference. Per the Coastal Courier story: "...Scott was fired from his eighth grade teaching position for previous sexual misconduct with a 15 year-old girl." The age of consent in Georgia is 16, so Mr. Scott essentially in the eyes of the law should have been charged with statutory rape for his sexual transgressions, but somehow he eluded charges. My questions are: how is that possible?!! What law enforcement agency investigated this and what were their findings? How did this man circumvent the criminal justice system? Why was Mr. Scott not classified a Sex Offender? How was he able to remain in the classroom even if in another county? Why did the people of the 5th District put this man in a position of authority in regards to children by electing him as their representative on the BOE? Where is their outrage and more importantly where lies their collective conscience?

To quote Mr. Scott from the Courier article: "That's something, of course, that I knew would come up. Everybody does stuff that they're not proud of." Excuse Me!!! Yes, Mr. Scott, not one of us is sinless and many of us have done things we were not proud of, including myself. The difference though is that the vast majority of us do not have sex with children. Your glossing over of your actions with the excuse of "everybody does stuff that they're not proud of" is pathetic and patronizing in its absurdity.

Regardless of his many academic accomplishments, those accomplishments in no way excuse him nor lend credibility to his having a seat on the BOE in lieu of his past sexual transgression with a minor child. Rather, it should EXCLUDE him from being on the BOE.

Food for thought to the fifth district voters who placed this man in position of authority over your children. Consider this potential scenario. Let us contemplate that an Educational Bill of legislation is before our State Legislature and an opportunity comes up for some select students including males and females, to attend the legislative session with a trip to Atlanta. (This is NOT an inconceivable possibility.) The trip to Atlanta entails an overnight stay in one of Atlanta's many Hotels with the students required to be accompanied by a chaperone. What if that chaperone is a BOE member and that BOE member is Marcus Scott?

If the voters of the fifth District are comfortable with this scenario possibly coming to fruition then Mr. Scott is their man. If they are not comfortable with it then, where is their outrage? Where has their reasoning gone? What sort of twisted reasoning exists that any parent would place their female child in such a situation?

Finally, is the word RECALL in the vocabulary of the voters living in the BOE fifth district?


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JimmyMack commented on Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 at 10:01 AM

To my fellow bloggers. This is the letter I e-mailed to the Courier Monday 6-1-14. I know it is lengthy but it is up to the Courier whether or not to print it.

Remember the Children.

JimmyMack commented on Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 at 10:13 AM

I am grateful to gacpl and Sheran for their efforts to keep this story alive and their concern for every child's well being and safety.

HMJC commented on Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Way to stand up Jimmy! Well said.

Funkentelecky commented on Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 at 16:29 PM

Outstanding letter to the editor Jimmy. I support you on this 100%.

Sheran commented on Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 at 17:32 PM

Jimmy do you think it will help if we called Pat on this to get it published?

JimmyMack commented on Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 at 17:42 PM

Thank you Funk and HMJC. I have zero tolerance for people that hurt children.
If either of you gentleman or who may know of others that might generate some sound offs it would help the cause. We must get the issue before the public eye. Sound Off's number is 876-3733.

Thanks.

PS:

Talked to Courier editor and all is good to go for print sans the Atlanta Trip Scenario. I will take that, as the Courier Editor knows what is kosher and what is not to print in the paper.

Yall please do some soundoffs!!!

JimmyMack commented on Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 at 17:46 PM

@Sheran. we musta been writing at the same time. My phone rang and the Courier Editor Ms. Barnidge informed me that it will see print sans (without) the Atlanta scenario paragraph.

All we can do is get what we can out there and let the people decide.

Thanks for all of your help.

PoliticsNation commented on Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 at 19:00 PM

I found this information online.

Steps to recall School Board Members.

http://www.ehow.com/how_5880864_recal...

JimmyMack commented on Thursday, Jun 05, 2014 at 08:48 AM

Thanks PN. I was informed by the Courier that it was their understanding that a Recall could only take place after an official was in office for a year. Nevertheless the possibility of a Recall was something I wanted the people of the BOE fifth district to be aware of. Mr. Scott, IMHO, should take it upon himself to RESIGN his seat in order to preserve the integrity of the BOE.

But, I doubt he will do it.

Thanks for the link. I will follow up with it.

Remember the Children.

sebekm commented on Thursday, Jun 05, 2014 at 16:08 PM

Good job, Jimmy!

JimmyMack commented on Thursday, Jun 05, 2014 at 17:20 PM

Thank you Sebe. I kinda want to see where the dust settles after the letter makes print. Mr. Scott does not take his seat on the BOE til January. The issue of him sitting on the BOE may or may not die down.

Without showing ALL my cards, if Mr.Scott does not resign or is not removed from his seat, it will be necessary to confront the BOE and inquire upon them if they recognize or adhere to a moral or ethical responsibility to the public in performance of their duties as public servants. Get them on record regarding their 'colleague.'

His presence on the Board in lieu of his sexual transgressions with an underage student is a profoundly insulting affront of the values the BOE supposedly represent.

The fight will move to their bailiwick and if it does, it will be due to their inaction or apathy.

Sheran commented on Thursday, Jun 05, 2014 at 17:57 PM

Jimmy make sure there is someone there to record the meeting so if the response is not in your favor, "YouTube Video". Put it out there for the world to see. ☺

JimmyMack commented on Friday, Jun 06, 2014 at 09:32 AM

@Sheran. Good thinking! If they (the BOE) have any conscience at all they should stand up in solidarity and 'protest' via a walkout or some sort of parliamentary procedure regarding Mr. Scott sitting on the board as a self admitted child rapist. They should do this on Mr. Scott's first day should he not withdraw from his seat.

I hope that everybody who might read the letter after it makes print in the paper will cast a 'vote' against child predators via calling SOUNDOFF. That will be a way of saying they are against abuse of our children.

JimmyMack commented on Friday, Jun 06, 2014 at 15:43 PM

Mr. Scott is running unopposed. That means a write in candidate is possible. Is there an individual in the Fifth District willing to put themselves up for consideration? I do not know.

Barring that, it has been suggested to me that the possibility of Mr. Scott NOT being sworn in by the Probate Judge should he get that far. That needs to be explored...

Maddog20201 commented on Sunday, Jun 08, 2014 at 08:57 AM

This blog is filled with haters. “Accept the fact that the Board of Education has one of Hinesville's finest Educators on the school board now. I'm sure; there exist negativity in each of your adolescent years. Let's not forget the fact that Marcus was not a teacher, and was an adolescent during the time he became involved with this young lady; and let's not forget the fact that Marcus and the young lady eventually married; and they have a son together which continue to top the charts with academic honors in Liberty County Schools. The fact that you all are slinging mud, is clear that you despise the fact that a very educationally talented African American male have soared to the top of the educational field, and he continues to be the best at what he does. He is also active with youth in his community. Do me favor haters; check out “Scott’s All Stars Basketball League.” There is not one team in Liberty County, nor any of the surrounding counties that could beat them in a game.” Also, check out his performance ratings as a Math Teacher and now an Administrator, they are impeccable. Marcus Scott is the GREATEST!!!!! Do me a favor, Jimmy, "Go order a T-Shirts, put on the front "Marcus Scott the Greatest" and on the back "We welcome your victory as Board Member of the Liberty County Board of Education." Thank God that the people of Liberty County now have the "Greatest Educator of all, times, and that Liberty County has to offer." The citizens of Liberty County know that he is the greatest, "That's why they voted for him." Not even, racism could stop the citizen's from voting for him, let’s not forget that all ethnic groups participated in this election, and the selected the candidate that is the "Cream of the crop, and Top Notch.” Before slinging mud and looking for dirt, check the record. Romans 2:1
You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. John 8:7
When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her."

Maddog20201 commented on Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Jimmie and your supporters, what you are doing in theses blogs are considered slander, and defamation of character. Fact: The State of Georgia has a system of justice in place for individuals that commit crimes. Can you check the court records, and put forth factual evidence where Marcus Scott was charged with violating a law of the State, and/ or prosecuted from the crimes that you alleged he committed? The mere fact that unsubstantiated allegations were raised against Marcus Scott, does not lead to him being guilty of the crimes you so boldly allege. I would like believe that the State have competent prosecutors: and the mere fact that charges of the crimes that you so boldly allege was committed on behalf of Marcus Scott in the State of Georgia, failed to make it on an indictment is proof that not even the State of Georgia viewed Marcus Scott’s conduct as a violation of the law. The fact remain, Marcus never committed such crimes that you alleged in your blogs, and your actions are clearly intentional, and knowingly inflammatory, malicious, defaming, and outright slander. Politics exists in many administration panels, but reality is, “If a person, especially an African American male, had committed such a crime, we all know that he would have faced full speed prosecution.” Reality is, Marcus Scott has never committed an act of immoral turpitude in life, nor in his official capacity as a public school educator and/ or school official; and there exist no criminal record to prove that he committed a crime in his official capacity as an educator. Your conduct clearly undermines the integrity of the school where Marcus Scott once randomly substituted, while he himself was a non-degree randomly selected substitute teacher. The mere fact that Marcus Scott dated and eventually married a female from his neighborhood with the consent of the females mother, and just happened to as a non-degreed adolescent, and random substitute teacher substitute at the school and/ or class attended by a female he was dating from his community doesn’t make him a rapist and/ or pedophile of any kind. Marcus Scott, if you read this blob/ post you needs to get a good lawyer.

Maddog20201 commented on Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 12:09 PM

In Georgia, the elements of a defamation claim are:
1. a false statement about the plaintiff;
2. communication of the statement to a third party in the absence of a special privilege to do so;
3. fault of the defendant amounting at least to negligence; and
4. harm to the plaintiff, unless the statement amounts to per se defamation. See Smith v. Stewart, 660 S.E.2d 822, 828 (Ga. Ct. App. 2008).
These elements of a defamation claim in Georgia are similar to the elements listed in the general Defamation Law section, with the following exceptions:
Defamation Per Se
Georgia recognizes that certain statements constitute defamation per se. These statements are so egregious that they will always be considered defamatory and are assumed to harm the plaintiff's reputation, without further need to prove that harm. Under Georgia statutes, a statement is defamatory per se if it:
• charges another person with a crime punishable by law;
• charges another person “with having some contagious disorder or with being guilty of some debasing act which may exclude him from society;” or
• refers to the trade, office, or profession of another person, and is calculated to injure him.
See Ga. Code Ann. §51-5-4.

Maddog20201 commented on Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 12:16 PM

Jimmie and your supporters, what you are doing in these blogs are considered slander, and defamation of character.

sebekm commented on Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 at 15:24 PM

I'm sure Jimmy and his supporters (on this issue I am one) will be happy to see you in court.

BRING IT ON!


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