The Flint Board of Education held an emergency meeting on Wednesday to oust the school board president after she physically attacked the board’s treasurer over who gets to control the $150 million in federal and state COVID assistance money.
The six board members voted unanimously to remove Danielle Green from her role as president for assaulting Laura MacIntyre, the board’s treasurer, earlier that day.
“A school board may meet … without complying with the notice requirement of OMA (Open Meetings Act) if it becomes necessary to deal with a severe and imminent threat to the health safety or welfare of the public … Earlier today at 10:00 AM at the FCS Administration Building, President Green allegedly assaulted Treasurer MacIntyre in an open meeting and the Board has called this emergency meeting to discuss how to keep Board members and the public safe in open meetings and discuss security implementation or other appropriate measures,” the printed notice for the emergency meeting at Accelerated Learning Academy said, according to a report from East Villiage Magazine.
The incident was witnessed by other members of the school board.
“That was a physical assault,” Chris Del Morone, who witnessed the event, said during the meeting, according to the report. “There was blood, there were bruises.”
Another board member, Carol McIntosh, explained that she believes the attack was about the money.
“This is about control, big money, and who will get their hands on those dollars,” McIntosh, who was promoted to vice president of the board, said during the meeting.
The victim, MacIntyre, claimed that there was no argument prior to the assault.
“Danielle stood up and took offense at something in particular that I said and have no idea about and walked around our staff secretary and towered over me and started threatening me with her finger. I stood up to back away at which point she grabbed my throat and then grabbed my hair and slammed my head into the table and started punching me in the head,” MacIntyre said. “… It was not warranted, uncalled for and completely inappropriate. It will not be tolerated and we are taking action tonight. … In the moment I was shocked and surprised. It had never crossed my mind that anything like this would ever escalate like this.”
For her part, Green did not appear to deny any of what witnesses said and was present during the meeting where she was removed.
“This is not one of my highlights of my anything my life, my career, my position in the community,” Green said, according to a report from ABC 12. “None of this am I proud of. Absolutely not. And this is one incident.”
The school district issued a statement addressing the violence, which read as follows:
“Flint Community Schools … is at a crossroads … You are charged with protecting, and maintaining, a public school system … Our students are kicked out every day for less than what we’re hearing happened,” Flint resident Claire McClinton said during the hearing.
The Flint Police Department confirmed to ABC 12 that a complaint was filed, but they have not announced any charges against Green or McIntyre.
The Gateway Pundit has reached out to the Flint Police Department for comment and will update this story if one is provided.