The heated debate over education in Martin County turned violent Wednesday with a school board member assaulted.
Sheriff Dan Gibbs says Johnny Bryant, who represents district 6 on the school board, was grabbed by the neck by a man upset by some of the school board's decisions.
The sheriff says 66-year-old Raymond Leary of Williamston was served a criminal summons for misdemeanor simple assault.
Gibbs says it happened at the Shamrock Restaurant between 11:00 and 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
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