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Brunswick County principal is facing criminal charges

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A Brunswick County principal is facing criminal charges tonight. Parents have come forward with what they believe could be an underlying theme in the county's schools. Tracey Danka and other concerned parents gathered outside Brunswick County School administrative offices today. For Danka it was a return to the scene where she said Monroe Elementary Principal Patricia Rourk threatened her life. Danka said she left the school board meeting Tuesday night, was threatened by Rourke and proceeded to file a complaint at the sheriff's office. She went back today to urge parents with similar experiences to come forward. “If it was your child and you didn't speak up, is this not the time to speak up? I don't care in what school, what teacher,” said Danka. Other parents feel it is far from an isolated event. Sandra D’Ambrosio said, “I've had teachers at both schools calling my children foul names, swearing in front of them, and yet my concern is that these children are being held to a higher standard than their own staff members. And this is absolutely ridiculous.” “I just believe there's teachers there that have no business teaching our children. I've been there, I mean I used to volunteer at school. I've heard the teachers talking to children in ways that I would never want somebody talking to my kids, said Robie Fisher, a concerned parent. School Superintendent, Katie McGee, could not comment on personnel issues, but issued this statement. "I understand the citizen has brought charges against the employee related to that exchange, and this is a matter that will be handled by the courts. To the extent these allegations affect our school system we are, as always, conducting our own investigation." Parents said they had many positive experiences with teachers, but felt the administration did little to help with the bad ones.

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