Shakespeare has nothing on Rock Hill drama

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 24, 2005

They came, they saw, they argued and when the dust settled they left as divided as ever. Thus went the plot from Tuesday's Rock Hill School Board meeting.

The Shakespearian tragedy continues in the Rock Hill District as those sides continue to square off over the fate of embattled superintendent Lloyd Evans and how his absence will be handled.

The Montagues and Capulets of Pedro continue to scoff at the notion that a compromise could be reached. And, depending upon whom you ask in the district, Evans either makes the sky turn sunny or makes dark storm clouds appear.

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And, like the English Bard's famous play "Romeo and Juliet" the families flat refuse to associate with one another.

In the play, the audience was often aware of the deceit going on among the characters. And, unfortunately, similarities have emerged yet aging in the Pedro version of the play.

On Tuesday, the board voted to hire an interim superintendent to handle daily operations while an appeals court decides the latest legal battle.

During the discussion, or dialogue, if you will, opposing board members disputed both the length of time the board had interviewed the interim candidate and whether or not all the board members had received the man's resume.

One board member alleged she had never seen the resume, while another one said each board member had received a copy of the resume.

Now, in the grand scheme of things, this point is largely immaterial. We do not see how both board members can be correct. One of them isn't telling the truth - or in the least one of them is twisting the truth in order to attempt to gain public support for their position.

If, as we suspect, one side is either ignoring the truth or twisting it for their own benefit, well, we find it difficult to believe the root of that is actually for the good of the students. What an awful example they're setting for the students who, presumably, look to the board and other adults in the area for examples of right and wrong.

At some point, maybe the truth can be discovered - about this and other issues that divide the district.

But in the meantime, we're still stuck in Act 1, Scene 5 and yet the deceit has already begun.

Perhaps Shakespeare's Juliet said it best.

"O' that deceit should dwell in such a gorgeous place."