Henrico redistricting process draws criticism

By Andy Jenks - bio | email

HENRICO, VA (NBC12) - The stack of e-mails run five hundred pages thick. Words like "insane" "infuriating" "shock and disbelief" are just a sample of what the public is saying.

One person writes, "The community around me is in an uproar." Then there's the one that -without offering proof- calls it "The most blatant attempts of segregating the races."

An East End parent says, "Unfortunately, somebody has to move. It's not something we want to do, but it's something that has to happen."

She declined to appear on camera, because she feels vulnerable.

"I feel like if they know who I am and they see me in the street, they're gonna start screaming at me, for something that I volunteered  to do."

And she's not the only one. A woman, from Glen Allen, is also on the committee, which is preparing for a series of big public meetings next week.

The Glen Allen parent says, "I expect it to be a circus. Every meeting has become more and more volatile, more escalated. It's gotten to the point where the committee members barely speak to one another."

Like a lot of debates on major issues, not "all" of the feedback is negative, nor is it all personal. But these volunteers feel the process - hasn't been as productive as it could be.

"It's been the total opposite. From the beginning it's been argument, and disagreement," says the Glen Allen parent.

The East End parent say, "So if we leave the schools overcrowded you're yelling and screaming my school's overcrowded, do something about it. Well, we're trying to do something about it and you're yelling and screaming I don't want my kids to be moved."

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