UPPER MARLBORO, Md. - The Prince George’s County Board of Education Chairman has been charged with assault after he was accused of pushing a school board member into a bookcase following a testy meeting Thursday evening, according to officials.
The Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Office confirmed to FOX 5 that Dr. Segun Eubanks has been charged with second-degree assault.
Following Thursday’s school board meeting, school board member Edward Burroughs said Eubanks and the chairman’s lawyer called him into a back room to talk to him. Burroughs said Eubanks pushed him against a bookcase and put his hand on his face and said, “I will (expletive) you up.” The police report states that officers had to remove Eubanks from the grounds.
Another school board member who witnessed the alleged incident backed up Burroughs' account. Eubanks did not respond to FOX 5’s request for his account of what happened.
The explosive allegations come after the school board voted to approve embattled Prince George’s County Public Schools CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell $800,000 as part of his severance package. Eubanks, who negotiated this agreement, refused to speak about the severance deal along with Maxwell, who left after the school board's executive session.
During the meeting, Burroughs and fellow school board member David Murray publicly called on Eubanks to resign. The crowd in attendance at the meeting cheered when Murray made the call for Eubanks’s resignation.
Prince George's County Public Schools said in a statement:
"Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) is aware of an incident between two Board of Education members that took place after Thursday's meeting. The circumstances are under review. This incident and subsequent allegations do not represent our values and core beliefs. We strive to ensure and instill civility among students, teachers, staff, and leaders."