Brunswick County School Board member Ray Gilbert has come under plenty of fire in recent weeks. He is banned from all county schools after allegedly threatening a woman with whom he'd had an affair. Now parents are signing a petition aiming to remove him from his school board position. The parent who started the petition says more than 100 people have signed it so far. She plans to send it to the attorney general this week. Tracey Danka says she hopes sending the petition to Attorney General Roy Cooper will back the resolution the school board is planning to send to his office, asking for his input on Gilbert's situation. Danka has two children at Monroe Elementary, where Gilbert's children attend, his wife works and he is PTA president. Gilbert's attorney Ed West says this has gone too far. He says Gilbert is under a lot of stress, is saddened by the situation and is mostly concerned about his family. West said, "He doesn't have a problem with people expressing their views, even if he doesn't want to hear them. He knows he has to take his licks 'cause he's out there in the public. But what is not ok is for someone to create a hostile environment for his children." Danka said, "He's been banned from our schools. He cannot effectively do his job, so how can we pay him a salary to do a job he cannot effectively do." Gilbert is banned from all Brunswick County school property except to pick up his children and to attend meetings at the central office. Gilbert did attend a school board meeting last night where he received an award for hundreds of hours of school board training. His attorney says he doesn't plan to step down, and that he does plan to run for re-election.
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