The St. Louis Community College Board of Trustees held its public meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. During the portion of the meeting reserved for public comment, an adjunct faculty member became disruptive and loudly voiced displeasure with Acting Chairman Rodney Gee’s instructions limiting the time allotted to each speaker and requesting that the audience refrain from applause or other response.
After several warnings to leave the meeting, the individual charged the table where board members and the chancellor, Dr. Jeff L. Pittman were seated. College police responded by restraining the individual before he reached the table. The individual was subsequently arrested by St. Louis Metropolitan Police. Two other individuals were also escorted from the meeting when they became disruptive. Acting Chairman Gee restored order and public comments continued without incident.
The college provides an opportunity for members of the community to address the board at its public meetings but reserves the right to limit the time allotted for remarks.
St. Louis Community College meetings are business meetings held in a public forum. However, disruptive outbursts undermine the process of conducting business in a transparent and respectful manner. We regret that our students and members of the public had to witness this action.