District 150 parent says Change 150 group is "lynching" Superintendent Lathan

By Katherine Tellez

March 11, 2014 Updated Mar 11, 2014 at 11:40 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- "You're not the sheriff Change 150. We will run and we will not allow you to publicly lynch a black woman in office. Yeah, that's right. You heard what I said. We won't allow you to lynch her or allow you to lynch any one who is helping our children," said Pastor Harvey Burnett at Monday night's school board meeting.

It's a statement that has stirred up even more controversy surrounding the Change 150 group and the school board.

Pastor Harvey Burnett supports Superintendent Grenita Lathan and the school board, and says the Change 150 group has gone over the line.

"When we have individuals that go over the disagreement boundaries and step into the atmosphere of total disrespect, and try and explain their way out of it, it becomes ridiculous."

Pastor Burnett thinks the group only has one focus in mind -- and it's not the children.

"This group wants blood and they don't care over who or what. They're not advocating for change for new equipment or more expensive teacher training. That's not the change that they want," Burnett said.

Pastor Burnett isn't saying the school board is perfect, but thinks the district is better off now than it was four years ago.

And he agrees with Lathan that there are people that want to district to fail.

"I'll echo her sentiment and qualify it a little bit more. I think certain individuals want the district to fail under her leadership.

And Burnett stands by his comment about lynching.

"That's what it is. Because to overlook all of the needs and just worry about your own comforts, is nothing less than a modern-era media lynching. And I would say the same whether this leader or administrator was white, black, asian or whatever," said Burnett.

We asked change 150 for a response.

They say the group is still unsatisfied with the direction of District 150, however did not directly address Pastor Burnett's comments.

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