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Central Bucks School Board meeting briefly turns chaotic


Editor's Note: This story has been updated to reflect that it was the Doylestown Township Police Department that is investigating the incident. 

Central Bucks School Board directors took a short break during their meeting Tuesday night when a man raised a folding chair during the public comment section.

Tim Daly, a Lower Makefield Township resident, used his comment time to berate board member Tabitha Dell’Angelo. As he returned to his seat, Daly yelled and threw papers at a woman in the audience, according to accounts from people at the meeting.

Steve Sullivan, Dell’Angelo’s husband, who was in the audience, is then seen raising a chair on video of the meeting, but not throwing it.

Two Doylestown Township Police officers routinely stationed at the meeting quickly calmed the situation and school board president Dana Hunter called for a five-minute recess.

When the meeting resumed, Hunter closed public comment, saying those who were unable to address the board, would have first priority at the next meeting. She cautioned the audience to refrain from further “outbursts.”

School board meetings have become increasingly tense over the past two years, beginning with divisions over mask-wearing during the COVID-19 pandemic. A fiercely contested school board election is approaching in November.

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