We devote this week to two major stories: the increasingly bizarre events around the Surf City mayoral race and the steady flow of potentially disturbing allegations out of the New Hanover County School system.
In Surf City, a fake website surfaced, mocking the personal and political life of councilman and mayoral candidate Jeremy Shugarts. The site went down shortly after we reported on it, but not before we were able to link it to a business owned by current Mayor Doug Medlin and his son Chris, who is also his treasurer. The Mayor denied any involvement but his son refused to flat-out say he wasn’t involved.
And, if that wasn’t strange enough, Shugarts was then indicted on six felony election violations after the North Carolina State Board of Elections investigated him — based on a complaint from Pender County.
What’s going on? We get into it.
Shifting gears, we look at a series of stories coming out NHCS, especially involving Forest Hills Elementary. For years, rumors – and the occasional story – have come out of the school, including allegations of harassment, hostile work environment, and even retaliation. Now, a current school employee has come forward with specific details about what was going on at the school — and how things were handled when she tried to bring those issues to the attention of the administration and the board of education.
Spoiler alert: it did not go well.
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