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Are there repercussions to 'Moral Monday' arrests?

June 18, 2013 3:23:26 PM PDT
Two of the 84 people arrested in the latest "Moral Monday" demonstration are speaking out about the potential backlash at their jobs.

Getting arrested is serious. It's something a Durham Public Schools' teacher and a school board member say they don't take lightly.

"Why would someone do that? Why would a 51-year-old woman who's normally in bed by 11 o'clock go to jail," said Durham County School Board member Leigh Bordley, who was arrested Monday.

That's what Bordley is hoping the public is asking when they see people handcuffed and hauled off to jail.

Holly Jordan was also taken into custody on Moral Monday. The Durham teacher is already getting plenty of feedback.

"My favorite ones are coming from students and former students who are saying they're really proud of me for standing up for them and the students I'll be teaching in the future," said Jordan.

It's a future that may be impacted by her civil disobedience. With a pending criminal charge and a restraining order barring her from the state legislature, Jordan and others know they were taking a risk.

After talking with an attorney, Bordley says she participated in Moral Monday as a North Carolina citizen, not as a school leader.

"If there are any repercussions for me, individually, I'm happy to accept them," said Bordley. "That's what civil disobedience is all about."

Still, criticism of the weekly protest grows. We contacted the NAACP to find out if Moral Monday participants have dealt with any backlash.

Citing the state's constitution, organizers say the demonstrators are well within their rights to publicly hold elected officials accountable without fear.

"When I think of the word repercussion, what I actually think about is what's happening in our state and the repercussions that these laws are going to have on our children and the future of North Carolina," said Jordan.

The NAACP says there are no reports of Moral Monday participants facing backlash.

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