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KFDM learns Quanell X to hold news conference in support of fired BISD Purchasing Director Naomi Lawrence-Lee
BEAUMONT - by Scott Lawrence
KFDM News has learned Quanell X, leader of the New Black Panther Party in Houston, is planning a news conference at the BISD administration building Wednesday in support of Naomi Lawrence-Lee, the former BISD Assistant Director of Finance and Purchasing. He calls the Texas Education Agency planned takeover of the district a "witch hunt against those who have done a lot of good in this school district" and a TEA effort to "take over a majority African American school district and to have white people come in and take over the school district."
The superintendent who terminated Lawrence-Lee, Dr. Timothy Chargois, and the Education Commissioner who ordered the takeover, Michael Williams, are black.
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BISD Superintendent Dr. Timothy Chargois fired Lawrence-Lee in April after placing her on paid administrative leave in January pending the outcome of an internal investigation. A KFDM investigation uncovered questions about the amount of money Lawrence-Lee received in extra-duty pay but the superintendent didn't say what led to the termination.
The F.B.I. executed a search warrant April 4 at Lawrence-Lee's home in what the U.S. Attorney's Office confirmed was a law enforcement operation linked to the federal investigation of BISD. She hasn't been charged with any crime.
Quanell X says he's holding a news conference in support of Lawrence-Lee at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the BISD administration building. He says she'll speak out for the first time about the FBI investigation into the district.
The following is a news release Quanell X sent to KFDM News:
New Black Panther Leader, Minister Quanell X will be holding a press conference at 12:30 pm in front of the Beaumont Independent School District. Joining him will be the former assistance director of finance and purchasing for BISD Mrs. Naomi Lawrence Lee she will be speaking out for the very first time about the FBI investigation into the district. Minister Quanell X will speak out against those who have rushed to judge Mrs. Lee and she has not been found guilty of anything in a court of law. Secondly, he will speak out against those from TEA who are attempting to take over a majority African American school district and to have white people come in and take over the school district when this is nothing more than a witch hunt against those who have done a lot of good in this school district.