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Emergency protective order filed against Richmond School Board member

Published: Dec. 10, 2014 at 2:00 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 20, 2014 at 9:10 AM EST
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A community activist has filed an emergency protective order against School Board member Kim Gray. Charles Willis claims he feared for his life at the school board meeting Monday night.

"Before I could get out of the elevator she lunged at me," said Charles Willis. "This woman clearly aggressively came after me. She had to be physically restrained. I just can't understand it, but I definitely felt for my safety."

Willis has a history with the school board. Willis was named chair of a multi-cultural task force after members of the Hispanic community organized a protest complaining of discrimination in RPS last July. But administrators sent him a letter in just the past week asking him to cease and desist the unauthorized operation of the task force. School administrators suggested the group served its purpose after submitting its recommendations.

"And I'm very disappointed behind that because it was bullying at its finest," said Willis who admits the group met after school leaders requested that meetings come to an end.

"I shared with them that we will discuss that at our next meeting," said Willis. "We had our regularly scheduled meeting."

Willis notes the group ultimately agreed to "acquiesce" and stop meeting. Gray refused an on camera interview, but she released the following statement:

"This action by Charles Willis is yet another example of his disrespect for the important work before our school board and it smacks of petty revenge politics because the school board took out a cease and desist order for his ongoing efforts to falsely claim to be in charge of the mutli-cultural task force. We have children and issues in our school system that deserve our attention. Mr. Willis needs to move on and let us do the important work that is before us," said Gray in a statement.

This order expires on Friday.

"I think Charles Willis has lost direction," said school board vice-chair Kristen Larson in a statement. "And on a personal level, I cannot trust him. I am concerned about his motives towards our school system. "

Willis says this is not revenge politics.

"No sir," replied Willis referencing his sworn statements in the emergency protective order. "I don't know politics, and I don't play politricks."

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