Prince George’s Co. school board chairman charged with assaulting panel member

WASHINGTON — A member of the Prince George’s County School Board has filed for a stay-away order and assault charges against the board’s chairman.

School Board member Edward Burroughs claimed Chairman Segun Eubanks shoved and threatened him after Thursday night’s heated board meeting, in which outgoing schools CEO Kevin Maxwell was awarded an $800,000 exit package.

Ed Burroughs III, who has been quick to speak out about issues facing the school system, said the board’s chair, Segun Eubanks, attacked him following Thursday night’s meeting.

Emerging from a back room after the meeting, Burroughs said, “My board chair just threatened to f— me up. He pushed me against the counter and threatened to f— me up.”

Burroughs emphasized that those were Eubanks’ exact words.

Eubanks has been charged with second-degree assault.

At Thursday night’s meeting, board member David Murray called for Eubanks to step down, which prompted loud cheers from residents who were in attendance.

“I don’t say this lightly,” said Murray. “I want to take this opportunity to ask you, Dr. Eubanks. publicly to help us turn a new leaf by stepping down with Dr. Maxwell so this system can come together.”

Eubanks was appointed chairman of the school board by County Executive Rushern Baker.

Burroughs said he was in a room where the board can meet in closed session after the meeting when Eubanks approached him, said he was “already going to resign,” then “pinned me against the wall, put his finger in my face and said ‘I will f— you up,'” Burroughs said.

“If I had done that to Dr. Kevin Maxwell you all would have had me arrested,” Burroughs added.

Eubanks was seen being escorted from the meeting. He has not commented yet.

Eubanks also serves as the Director of the Center for Education Innovation and Improvement at the University of Maryland’s education department.

WTOP contacted Eubanks for comment. He responded in full, “On advice of counsel I am declining all comment at this time.”

WTOP’s Michelle Basch and Kate Ryan contributed to this report.

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