Former CCC President Steve Thornburg was caught with having a “vulgar” password (fuckshannon69) on his College Computer System for ten years and it ended up costing him his job and his reputation. Former CCC Board of Trustees member and now re-appointed by the School Board Allen Langley has a bit of explaining to do with his own language on Facebook regarding a female employee at CCC. We have listed the Facebook exchange below exactly as it was written. The pictures were face shots and the copies I received from sources was not clear enough for scanning.
Athena Smith: The picture on the left was made my profile picture one year ago. The picture on the right was taken this morning. Not exactly the same angle, but this was a big eye opener for me! One year and less 63 lbs. I think it shows here. WOW #weightloss #weightlossjouney #diet #lifestylechange #getfit #gethealthy #getactive #gone
Jennifer Thomas: I am so proud of you!!!
Brooke Boyd Bem: Hey! You look amazing. Huge difference! Keep it up!
H. Allen Langley: Is it about time for nudy shots?
H. Allen Langley: Just asking.
Athena Smith: O lord H. Allen, as flattering as that is, that’ll never happen.
This exchange has been sent to many persons around Cleveland County and beyond. I think the CCC Board of Trustees should have access to this Facebook exchange by one of their Board members so nobody will be blindsided. It is up to the CCC Board of Trustees and Allen Langley to decide what, if anything, is done about this and proper notice to the public be given of any board decision or explanation.
Allen Langley has already told me that he wished he had not made these statements, that they were done in jest, didn’t mean anything, were no big deal, but he apologized nonetheless. I agree with all that except the part that the statements were no big deal. I think the statements as well as previous published statements Mr. Langley has made without speaking to the whistleblowers themselves regarding investigations he has been charged by the CCC Board of Trustees to lead should disqualify Mr. Langley from leading the investigations from here on out as there is potential bias and certainly a perceived bias at the least. This is polarizing and multiplied by the CCC Board of Trustees as well as the School Board who re-appointed Mr. Langley without discussion of this issue or any issues regarding potential wrongdoing of both CCC and CCS as related to the investigations.
Others have not been so kind to Mr. Langley and the CCC Board of Trustees as a whole.
Hal Trammell of the Palmetto News-Opinion made the following comments. In part regarding the “nudy” picture statement
There’s nothing in the handbook
I can almost understand why the Cleveland Community College Board of Trustees remained silent after they came back from their closed session, last Sunday evening. After the local newspaper coverage of the investigations that were ongoing, it makes perfect sense. I wouldn’t want them talking either. Especially, after this revelation:
One such claim is of an inner-office affair among two high-ranking employees at the college. “Though there is nothing in the handbook that prohibits office romances, Langley said the committee still decided to investigate.”
Sorry, but if you think that a handbook’s lack of mentioning that it doesn’t prohibit a married man and woman, having an affair, clears them of wrong doing…The handbook probably doesn’t have anything in it that would prohibit a man seeking a woman to send him a nude picture either. I haven’t seen a handbook that is made up totally of common sense. Handbooks are fine, for the purpose they are supposed to achieve. But it’s hard to believe a trustee would make such a statement to the news media, in regards to such serious allegations. Yes, quiet please!
There’s nothing in the handbook about tattletales, but they abound. Same for bullies on staff. Same for “hall monitors” and busy bodies on staff. When the upper crust behaves as if their underlings are beholden to them, and they should hop aboard the mutual admiration society, that’s a good sign it’s already a bridge too far.
Maybe, a new administration will come in, and bring back some integrity and good will to the place that was once loved by many. What was once a fine institution of instruction, has of late, become a den of obstruction and destruction. That isn’t in the handbook either, but it’s time for it to stop.
Please provide your comments at the end of this article or send me an email so I can publish your response. Allen Langley, the CCS and CCC Board members are encouraged to tell their side of the story regarding this issue. Something others were not allowed to do regarding their issues.