That’s the question facing the Cobb School District in the wake of Wednesday’s MDJ story detailing the questionable behavior of school board member David Morgan of south Cobb.
Morgan, whose June divorce from state Rep. (and state School Superintendent candidate) Alisha Thomas Morgan (D-Austell) also just came to light, helps host the “LUHV 2 LIVE” radio/stage show that which dispenses relationship advice at local bars, restaurants and lounges.
Morgan was elected to the school board in 2009, and lists his DMorganforschools@gmail.com email address on the LUHV Facebook page.
There’s nothing wrong with offering such advice. Others involved in the show include Destiny World Church Pastor the Rev. Wilbur Purvis and local media figures Rashaan Ali and Ebony Steele.
But promotional posters for the show posted on Facebook are definite eyebrow raisers, featuring Morgan photographed with scantily clad young women. The site also includes a stripper “logo” and a photo of Morgan and a (clothed) young woman posing by a stripper pole.
But no problem, Morgan told the MDJ.
“I feel very comfortable in terms of how I represent myself. If other people have a problem with that, that’s their right,” Morgan said. “I am proud of who I am as a father and as a human being. What I choose to do in my personal time is what I choose to do, but if other people have a problem with it, that is what they choose to do.”
That outlook misses the point and amounts to a double standard, according to Connie Jackson, president of the Cobb County Association of Educators. If a teacher were to post similar inappropriate photos on his or her Facebook page it would be a firing offense, she pointed out.
“I think any school board member doing something that would cause a teacher or employee to be reprimanded or fired is wrong,” she said. “How can they be in charge of the school district and do something that they would have to turn around and fire a teacher for?”
And as Cobb School Board Chairman Randy Scamihorn told the Journal, “We as leaders at any level oftentimes forget that people are watching us.”
Morgan might not like it, but the fact is that public officials are held — or should be, anyway — to a higher standard than others.
Morgan doesn’t appear to have done anything illegal. But he clearly has displayed poor judgment and caused embarrassment to the school system by forgetting that as Scamihorn put it, “people are watching.”