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Remove Rochelle Kelley

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On April 23, 2020, Rochelle Kelley (member of Weare School Board) visited a park in Concord, NH with friends and family. Ms. Kelley and company, including small children, bypassed the police tape surrounding the playground that was in place to prevent the spread of Coronavirus per Governor Sununu’s Emergency Order. They proceeded to play on the playground equipment until police were called. When Concord Police officers arrived, Ms. Kelley and company engaged in a confrontation with them while small children were present. During the confrontation Ms. Kelley and company were asked to leave the playground several times by Concord Police. They disobeyed the order and stayed. They finally complied, but only after Ms. Kelley or others in her presence called the officers Nazis, told them they were crackheads, coughed in the officers presence, and argued with the officers in a disrespectful manner. Ms. Kelley claimed to be a taxpayer of Concord with rights to use the playground, however she is a resident of Weare, NH. Later Ms. Kelley posted videos of the confrontation to Facebook to boast about the run-in.

Ms. Kelley is a new member of the Weare School Board, which position she acquired by write-in vote and by a small margin. The undersigned residents of the Town of Weare do not disagree with Ms. Kelley’s right to freedom of speech, however we take issue with the disrespect to law enforcement and language and/or actions that were witnessed in the video of the April 23rd incident. Whether these actions and/or words were performed by her or in her presence, we the undersigned have lost faith in her ability to objectively, civilly, and maturely advocate for the children of Weare and its taxpayers. At this time, per attorneys that have been consulted with by SAU 24, NH law does not have recall provisions for elected School Board members. Due to the lack of such law, we the undersigned request Rochelle Kelley to resign from her position as Weare School Board Member effective immediately.

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