A copy of the 911 call made by one Beaufort County Board of Education member in response to a perceived threat from another member sheds additional light on the situation that unfolded at last Tuesday’s school board meeting.
During a two-hour, closed-door session of the nine-hour meeting, board member Joseph Dunkle called 911 in response to a perceived threat by board member Cynthia Gregory-Smalls.
In the call, he acknowledged to the dispatcher that no physical assault had occured and noted he had been threatened in his “official capacity” as a school board member.
No charges were filed in the incident.
On Wednesday, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office provided a copy of the call in response to an open-records request.
Dunkle said last week he initially called the office’s non-emergency dispatch number, but when the line was busy, he called 911.
“If someone’s going to make blatant or veiled threats, I’m not going to stand idly by,” Dunkle previously said. “I hate to waste deputies’ time, but if push comes to shove, I want it well documented that this was ongoing.”
Gregory-Smalls did not return calls for comment last week.