Blog­ger ques­tioned in Al­covy law­suit

The Covington News - - Front page - AM­BER PITTMAN apittman@cov­news.com

At a sworn de­po­si­tion Thurs­day, self-pro­claimed blog­ger Shan­non Black ad­mit­ted that most of her on­line claims con­cern­ing the New­ton County School sys­tem orig­i­nated from un­ver­i­fied emails sent to her by a for­mer school em­ployee.

Black is a key fig­ure in the on­go­ing civil suit filed by Al­covy High School Prin­ci­pal LaQuanda Car­pen­ter against sev­eral anony­mous blog­gers from the New­ton Ci­ti­zen’s web­site and New­ton County School Board Dis­trict 1 rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jeff Meadors. To date, Black is the only blog­ger to ad­mit her true iden­tity. The de­po­si­tion took place in the of­fice of Stephanie Lind­sey, who is rep­re­sent­ing Car­pen­ter in the case.

Dur­ing the de­po­si­tion, Black said she has only had lim­ited pre­vi­ous contact with Meadors, which con­tra­dicts

claims made in the suit. That contact oc­curred more than a year ago when Meadors as­sisted Black with an is­sue she had at her daugh­ter’s mid­dle school, she said. At that time, Black lived in Dis­trict 3, which is rep­re­sented by Shak­ila Hen­der­son-Baker. Black said she turned to Meadors on the ad­vice of “peo­ple she knew” af­ter Hen­der­son-Baker said Black was be­ing “dra­matic.”

She said that Meadors helped her with the bul­ly­ing sit­u­a­tion her daugh­ter was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing and then in­vited her to meet him at his of­fice at Ge­or­gia Perime­ter Col­lege to talk about the in­ci­dent. This was the only time she had contact with Meadors, she said, and that she has not spo­ken to him since.

On Face­book, Black has had contact with Meadors, wish­ing him a Merry Christ­mas in 2010 on his Face­book wall and him on hers just prior to that, thank­ing her for a hol­i­day card.

Black also said she has been to only one Board of Ed­u­ca­tion meet­ing — roughly two years ago — and was not in­volved in any PTA or vol­un­teer­ing at her child’s school, nor was she in any civic or­ga­ni­za­tions. Black cur­rently lives in Rock­dale County and her daugh­ter is no longer en­rolled in New­ton County schools.

Black said un­der oath that she had no com­mu­ni­ca­tion and does not know for­mer AHS teacher Kevin Dock­ery. How­ever, on Face­book, Black is friends with Dock­ery and has been since May of this year. She was also asked if she knew New­ton County School Sys­tem Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Re­la­tions Sherri Davis-Viniard ( who she ad­mit­ted to know­ing of, but never com­mu­ni­cat­ing with) and Meadors’ GPC sec­re­tary Julie Locicero.

She re­it­er­ated that she had blogged un­der the names KBeet and MsLoy, as well as her own name. When Lind­sey asked Black about her ini­tial blog un­der the pseu­do­nym KBeet, re­gard­ing a Ki­wa­nis is­sue, Black said, chuck­ling, that she re­ceived the in­for­ma­tion from “peo­ple I know.” When Lind­sey pushed her on whom the per­son was that had given her the in­for­ma­tion, Black balked, but only briefly.

“I’m not here to tell peo­ple’s names,” Black said, but then later ad­mit­ted “There’s been emails sent to me and I copy and pasted them… It was Sonya Dawkins.”

Black said that Dawkins had been a sub­sti­tute teacher at AHS but was not any longer fol­low­ing a “con­fronta­tion with some­one.”

Ac­cord­ing to open.ge­or­gia.gov, Dawkins was a spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion para­pro­fes­sional in the 2010 and 2011 school years.

Black said that the emails she had re­ceived all came from Dawkins, some of which had been for­warded to her and she sent them along to Black, and that she posted the con­tents of them with­out be­ing asked to do so and with­out re­gard as to the va­lid­ity of them. She also said that she had re­ported the law­suit to the South­ern As­so­ci­a­tion of Col­leges and Schools — some­thing that she had pre­vi­ously blogged about — but that the re­turn email, along with all those al­legedly sent to her from Dawkins, had been deleted. She has also al­leged that LaQuanda Car­pen­ter called her and that she had an au­dio record­ing of it. Dur­ing the de­po­si­tion how­ever, she said that while she did have an au­dio record­ing she “didn’t say for sure that it ever was [Car­pen­ter],” adding that “I don’t even know her.”

Ad­di­tion­ally, she said that the claim made on the blogs that her pro­files for MsLoy and KBeet were made on an elected of­fi­cial’s com­puter were false.

“Is it safe to say there is no truth to a lot of state­ments you made un­der your own name?” asked Lind­sey.

“Yes, ma’am,” Black replied. Later adding, “I came out and told you who I was ’cause I know I did wrong.”

Black de­nied be­ing any of the other blog­gers, in­clud­ing Hen­ryCoun­selor and Satan69. When asked for her per­sonal email, she told Lind­sey it was shan­non­black69. She also said un­der oath that she would not be post­ing com­ments any longer.

Wil­liam Braw­ley /The Cov­ing­ton News

Self-pro­claimed blog­ger Shan­non Black ad­mits most of her on­line claims con­cern­ing NCSS are from un­ver­i­fied emails sent to her by a for­mer school em­ployee.

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