Tuscaloosa NAACP wants board member to resign over past charge

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — The Tuscaloosa NAACP is calling for a city school board member to step down, they claim it’s because of a more than a decade old sexual misconduct case against him.

The NAACP said the case is relevant because of accusations circling the former city school superintendent Paul McKendrick. He stepped down due to family issues on May 3rd, but since then court records showed that an unidentified female filed a sexual harassment complaint against him.

This development spurred a conversation between the vice-chair of the school board and NAACP members also on the board.

According to the NAACP, it was mentioned that board member Clarence Sutton was also accused of sexual harassment back in 1997.

He settled the case but remained on the board, however some school board members believe Sutton’s actions in the past should be punishable now, but Sutton fired back.

“I can tell you beyond a shadow of a doubt that this was a lie then, and it is a lie now,” Sutton said.

“I believe in my heart of hearts it’s a retaliation against my not voting for a major elementary school, or large elementary school in my district.”

The NAACP said they want to get to bottom of the matter, this case has been settled for 17 years. For the record, McKendrick was not charged for sexual harassment, he said he resigned for family matters.

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