BRUNSWICK COUNTY -- This year the Brunswick County school system has faced a number of cases involving inappropriate relations between school employees and students. Now a school board member is banned from three of the county's schools. This situation doesn't involve relations with students, but rather an alleged affair gone bad between school board member Ray Gilbert and a West Brunswick High School secretary. Gilbert appeared in court Friday morning for a hearing that ended up being continued. He was there because West Brunswick High School secretary Yvonne Hankins has a restraining order against him. The two had allegedly been having an affair for months. Hankins requested a restraining order last week after she says Gilbert asked her if she would go down with him and if she were afraid to die. Hankins's complaint also claims Gilbert has a number of guns in his truck. Hankins said, "My next step now is to just wait and see what happens. But I know the truth and so does he. He knows the truth." When we asked Gilbert for comment today all he said was "Merry Christmas." Gilbert is banned from West Brunswick High School, where Hankins works. He's also banned from the schools her kids attend, Williamson elementary, South Brunswick High School and a day care center. Superintendent Katie McGee was out of town today and said she wasn't in a position to speak on this issue, or on the status of other Brunswick County schools-related incidents. Gilbert's hearing is continued for two weeks because of a conflict of interest with the judge who has children in the school system.
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