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Petition calls for BISD board member to resign
BEAUMONT-By: Leslie Rangel
A petition drive is underway tonight to remove a Beaumont school board member.
The move stems from statements Zenobia Bush made during a meeting Monday night, when trustees voted to cut more than 200 hundred jobs in BISD.
A Beaumont business owner and his wife are responding with harsh words of their own.
Giving birth to a political revolution in the back of a tattoo shop, it's not how Aubrey and Mundo Trevino envisioned their summer.
"Its started with just the most simplest of arguments for us and it's turned into an everyday all day consuming situation, we are very concerned for our community," Mundo Trevino, a BISD dad and business owner in district 2 says.
They began fighting to save fine arts in their children's Beaumont schools, now they've drafted a petition to boot out their district two school board representative Zenobia Bush.
"She's not representing us and what we stand for and all those decisions she's made do not represent us, do not represent our students," Aubrey Trevino, Mundo's wife says.
The petition comes after Bush called out a crowd of upset community members at last week's board meeting.
"How many people out here would you please stand that live in my district?" Bush said Monday.
Only one person stood up.
"Whenever she was asking what district are you, we were like, oh what district are we?" Aubrey Trevino said.
The Trevinos take partial responsibility for not becoming informed, but they also blame Bush.
"Ms. Bush's comments, her words and actions have shown us that she does not have a connection to her community which is us, her district which is us," Mundo Trevino says.
Later during the board meeting, Bush explained she asked the question to prove not all points of view were represented that night.
"There are some of you that are of the false assumption that you represent all of Beaumont, Texas and I'm sick of hearing that because you don't. You can boo me, you can say whatever you want, I listened and I didn't interrupt you," Bush said Monday.
The Trevinos were in the front row at that meeting. They say her comments were hurtful.
"I think it was very unnecessary for her to speak up like that, it was very unprofessional," the Trevinos said.
So far they've gotten more than 40 people in Bush's district to sign the petition to make her leave the board.
We reached Bush for comment, she told us she stands by what she said.
"You cannot make me go home and until a board of managers comes, I'm going to be sitting right here. I'm going to make the decisions that I make and I'm going to go home and sleep well," Bush said Monday.
A statement the Trevinos are taking to heart, asking the community to take charge and force change by speaking out.
"When she looks out into the crowd, we don't want her to see strangers, we want her to see these children, we want her to see the parents, we want her to see the real people that's she's representing," Mundo Trevino said.
Once again we asked Zenobia Bush for a comment.
She spoke with us on the phone and said she believes there's an attack on minorities serving on the board.
She told us she feels all the negativity toward the board comes from the West, or others who want to be in the West End.