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NAACP asks for answers in Lee County


May 12, 2008

Lee County--  A Lee County school bus fight led to the arrest of a parent, court fines for a school system employee and now calls for action from the NAACP.

In January, Cherran Carter was charged with disorderly conduct after trying to talk to a bus driver about a fight that involved her son.

Chief Magistrate Court Judge Jim Thurman ordered School Transportation Director Ricky Canterbury to bring bus surveillance video of the fight and the confrontation between the mom and driver to court. When he didn't, he was found in contempt of court.

NAACP leaders want the Lee County School board to investigate whether there was a cover-up.

"If someone works for the school system and they destroy evidence that's supposed to go to court, that's a very serious crime," said Georgia NAACP Third Vice-President Reverend Ezeziel Holley.

"We've dealt with it and we're going to move on. I don't think we're going to have an incident like this in the future," said Dr. Larry Walters.

Superintendent Dr. Larry Walters says Canterbury admits his wrongdoing and was reprimanded accordingly. NAACP leaders say they'll continue to push for answers.