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  • Tensions rise in Eagle Point schools dispute

  • EAGLE POINT — Negotiations between the Eagle Point School District and the striking workers' union are continuing after tensions between the sides escalated.
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  • EAGLE POINT — Negotiations between the Eagle Point School District and the striking workers' union are continuing after tensions between the sides escalated.
    The district and the union traded accusations of harassment and intimidation after a series of reported run-ins at Eagle Point and White City schools.
    Union spokesman Daniel Burdis said picketing union members were nearly run over by a district bus transporting replacement teachers and employees to White City Elementary on Wednesday.
    Burdis said a union member was struck by a bus that slowly pushed its way through a line of picketers. The member received only a minor elbow injury, Burdis said, but the incident underscored rising animosity between the sides that boiled over at various times on Wednesday.
    "The frustrations (Wednesday) ran pretty high," Burdis said.
    Security hired by the district said that the Jackson County Sheriff's Department dispatched deputies to White City Elementary to warn union members not to block bus entrances.
    A sheriff's sergeant on duty Thursday said the picketers complied with the deputies' orders and stayed within legal boundaries.
    A video on the union's website shows a bus driver running a stop sign as it turned into a school parking lot on Wednesday.
    Meanwhile, district officials are reporting that employees are being harassed by picketers, leading some to feel unsafe as they report to work, said Michael Remick, the district's human resources director.
    Remick said picketers cursed and threatened employees in a district parking lot.
    Wednesday saw a parent report that she was "attacked" by picketers as she attempted to enter Hillside Elementary School to get paperwork for her child, though details were not available.
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