Panama City, Fl—When Clay Duke, 56 took the floor at the local school board meeting Tuesday he did so with spray paint and a gun. What followed can be seen below in a somewhat graphic video.
Duke’s wife was fired from her job by the board. It’s obvious that Duke did not see justification for the firing and there can be no doubt that the tough economy would have a substantial impact on the Dukes. Hiring lawyers to undo wrongs by boards and commissions is financially crippling to most Americans.
When boards and commissions fire people they are often reckless with the due process rights of the employees. The basis of firings are far too often, rooted in sexual, racial, or pure personality conflicts between employees and superiors. He who has the political clout win these battles far more often than when simple justice prevails. Those with the financial ability to fight arbitrary board actions very often win in the courts winning reinstatement and back pay.
Duke served five years on an aggravated stalking conviction after he armed himself and shot out the tires on his then estranged wife's car. He was obviously a man with serious mental health issues. He was released from prison in 1994 and prohibited by punitive local and federal laws to possess firearms.
It’s a monument to our civilization that more members of boards are not targeted for revenge by the people whose lives they affect considering their track record for being wrong.
Telling the story of the madman shooting up the school board is less than half the story. I think the media needs to learn just what’s going on in the schools served by this board. I certainly want to know the whole story behind the action the board took that prompted such a drastic response.
It is very obvious that Duke knew how to handle his pistol and deliberately missed the board members when he fired in their direction. That fact that Duke did not shoot Ginger Littleton who violently struck him with her purse shows a mindset that the gunman did not want to kill or even injure anyone.
School Board Superintendent, Bill Husfelt is grandstanding today as Adolph Hitler did after the July 20, 1944 bombing attempt on his life at Wolf’s Lair in Prussia. They both proclaimed providence saved them. For Husfelt it was only the mercy of the gunman and nothing more that allowed him to return to his family.
If there is a hero in this story it’s the former cop that was the school district security officer, Mike Jones who followed his training and made sure that Duke could not fire more shots. Today we learned that the bullet that fatally injured Duke came from his own weapon.
Perhaps all the people that serve on boards and commissions need to remember they can suffer deadly retaliation should they become arbitrary, capricious or otherwise become insensitive to the rights of the people they victimize. Not everyone turns to the courts for justice.