A member of the Georgia Parent Teachers Association said she wants criminal charges filed against a high-ranking official who she said shoved her during a recent event.
Sally Fitzgerald said Andrew Lewis, the executive vice president of the Georgia Charter Schools Association, shoved her during a news conference at the State Capitol on Tuesday.
"Just shoved from behind. Threw me off balance, of course, and I almost fell," Fitzgerald said during a news conference on Thursday. "I did drop the sign I was carrying."
Fitzgerald's association opposes an amendment that would allow state-funded charter schools that will be on the November ballot. Lewis' group supports the proposal.
"What I would personally like to see is Mr. Andrew Lewis in prison," said State Sen. Emanuel Jones, who accompanied Fitzgerald to the capitol. "I would like to see him arrested."
Fitzgerald, Jones and others filed a report with capitol police and demanded a full investigation.
In a statement, Lewis responded: "Obviously, it caused the lobbyist to lose their balance and for that I apologize. That doesn't change the fact that this story is about community activists and educrats who are trying to deny parents and children better educational options. Shame on them."
Fitzgerald said she would not likely accept an apology.
"He knows my number. He knows my name. He knows my association and he knows my email," Fitzgerald said. "There's no reason why he couldn't have communicated sooner. We're 48 hours out. Heard nothing. He's toast."
Capitol police said they would investigate the allegations.
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