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Union County Public Schools approve redistricting

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The Union County Public Schools' Board of Education voted 7-2 in favor of a school redistricting plan tonight.

That plan, which has been heavily debated for months, will now shift nearly 6,000 students to different schools here in Union County.

Eight members voted, as board member Marce Savage walked out of the meeting full of emotions, when she realized the board was going to pass the plan.

The decision caught many parents off guard, too. The board originally said they had until April to make a decision.

But one source I spoke with in the UCPS system told me earlier on Tuesday that there was a mood brewing to get the vote over with, so kids and parents could begin the adjustment period earlier.

When a motion was made at the meeting to vote early, the crowd erupted with screams and even tears. Some parents, and even students, were escorted out of the building by security.

"I was kicked out of that meeting, escorted out by Union County Sheriff's Department, for quoting a man who stood up to tyrants, Thomas Paine," Weddington High student Lars Knapp said.

Knapp shouted, "These are the times that try man's souls."

Certain parents were, simply, disgusted.

"My comment to them was that they started this meeting with a prayer and they're the devil in disguise," parent Christine Nunez said.

Nunez shouted her comment and was escorted out, too.

Shortly after the decision, things were so heated, the board took a 15-minute recess.

There was a public comment session for 30 minutes earlier in the night. One woman spoke in favor of redistricting -- which drew disbelief from the overwhelming majority of those who have battled against the now-decision.

"Your kids will succeed wherever you are," Beth Green said. "If your kids are active at Porter Ridge High School, they'll be just as active at Piedmont High School -- and that's a good thing."

There are plenty of people throughout Union County in favor of redistricting, but unlike Green, they are quiet. Those battling against something, usually, tend to be the most vocal -- and this case was no different.

But tonight at Porter Ridge High, it was those against redistricting that felt the pain of this plan -- and feel deflated after months of rallying for a different outcome.

"I've lost all my faith in them," Nunez said. "They just want to tear us down. They don't care about us. They don't give two cahoots."
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