This picture is of MNPS BOE Chair Marsha Warden turning her back on Nashville Channel 5's Phil Williams as he tries to get answers from our School Board Chair about what MNPS is going to do to ensure the safety of children, specifically special needs children, on school buses.
Instead of facing him (and us via the camera), being a leader and addressing the issue or at minimum providing a political answer like "This is a serious issue and we're working on a solution", she runs away under the pretext that she's got to get a meeting started.
Our chief investigator Phil Williams went to the school board looking for answers.
"I'd like to talk to you about the sexual assaults," Williams told board chairwoman Marsha Warden.
Warden suddenly turned and walked away. "I'm sorry. I can't talk about that, OK?"
"Why not?" Williams asked.
Her answer: "They're minors."
Williams didn't ask her about any child in particular. That's just the first excuse that came to mind. She'd be happy to talk about minors that have done well, won awards or are participating in some MNPS backed activity. What she didn't want to talk about is a very messy and serious issue that demands her full attention. Her first responsibility to these children is their safety. If there is a gag order from Metro Legal covering the entire issue of school bus safety, she should have been honest and said so. But if there is, it's one that needs to be broken. One lawsuit, which could take years to litigate should not shut down legitimate discussion of the whole issue.
Is there any wonder why she has 5 opponents in the upcoming election?
If you missed the report you can view it at NewsChannel 5.