The state NAACP says it will hold a news conference Friday following a remark made earlier this week in which the Wake County school board chairman called a crowd at the school board meeting “animals.”

The school board voted 5-4 Tuesday in favor of a controversial resolution to move toward community-based schools and away from the school system’s longstanding diversity policy.

The meeting room was packed with nearly 100 people who signed up to speak during a public comment portion of the tense and emotional meeting and included speakers for and against the school board’s resolution.

At one point, Chairman Ron Margiotta said, “Here come the animals out of the cages.”


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