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Should Cornett Face a Stiffer Charge? Was the Teen at Fault?

The former Bartow County Board of Education vice chairman and District 3 rep resigned following her highly-publicized arrest on a misdemeanor charge at the Cartersville Walmart. Tell us what you think.

The arrest and resignation of Bartow Schools vice chairman Angie Cornett has made national headlines—the Today Show aired a segment on it—and stirred a lot conversation.

Folks have opined not only on the incident—Cornett allegedly rammed with her SUV a teen who was saving a parking spot at Walmart in Cartersville—but also on topics ranging from possible anger issues to the rights and wrongs of saving parking spaces. 

"What [Cornett] did was wrong and punishable but if she was a good board member i believe she should have been able to retain her job," commented Cartersville Patch user steve. "i mean my goodness if people can forgive a michael Vick [and] michael jackson what she did was minor in comparison." 

Others aren't so forgiving. The alleged victim, Emily Gulledge, shown in Today Show's report, said Cornett, who has resigned from the school board, should face a tougher criminal charge.

Cornett was charged with misdemeanor reckless conduct and bonded out of jail, and others agree it's not enough. Referring to store surveillance footage of the incident, Cartersville Patch user Rufus said, "Isn't that assault with a deadly weapon? You can't do that to people, no matter where they are standing (or even walking) at the time.

Is a misdemeanor or a more serious felony charge appropriate for this incident? Tell us what you think.

"And it is pathetic that there were apparently plenty of spaces around, like the one she ended up parking [in] after almost backing up over the car (SUV) that was behind her."

Bartow County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Jonathan Rogers noted in a Wednesday press conference those later movements of Cornett's Lexus, which he said "almost caused a wreck." He added she could face additional charges in connection with allegedly hitting the Bartow County student.

"It is so sad this kind of scrap even happen. The event can't be explained away over a parking place. Right or wrong her actions show she should be charged with assault with a deadly weapon....," Ryan falconer said. "Young people make mistakes and they will learn from them, but only if we show them the right way. This wasn't a good choice. You teach your children how to act by our own actions. [Allegedly] using a car as a weapon isn't ok.!!!!"

Still others lay at least some of the blame on the alleged victim, who has said she was saving the Ailse 5 parking space for a woman who had just given birth.

"the girl shouldn't have thought that it was [acceptable] to run in front of a car to save a spot, Montana Cochran said on our Facebook page. "...and the Board member made an obvious judgment error by [allegedly] ramming her, however I am sure that anyone with half of a brain would have moved when the vehicle didn't stop moving. Still wrong, but I cannot help but question what the teen was thinking."

Was the teen to blame? Should she have tried to saved the parking space? Tell us what you think.

The girl, an Adairsville High School student, 17, was not injured during the incident. Her pants were stained with road grime from Cornett's tire, police say.

"I guess I don't recall being that stupid as a teenager...what gave this girl the right to stand in a parking space and 'save' it? It's a space meant for vehicles, not for people to stand in," said Travis Allen, who later clarified, "I'm not defending the lady who hit the girl, but you have to concede that running to stand in a parking space isn't the brightest thing a person could do."

Tell us what you think, Cartersville! Was the teen to blame for trying to save the parking spot? Should Cornett face an assault or more serious charge or is misdemeanor reckless conduct appropriate?

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Gail Engelhardt January 04, 2013 at 05:09 PM
Based upon Angie Cornett's obvious problem with anger management in her display of road rage, I believe she needs professional help in resolving those issues. She also has a problem with having a superior attitude on what she can and cannot do as her actions have shown in handling some school matters as a member of the BBOE. To say the least, she is lucky she was only cited for a misdemeanor, as a large SUV that she was driving could be considered a deadly weapon. I was surprised she was not cited for attempted assault with a deadly weapon. Personally, I think she is guilty of a felony and should be charged for same, but unfortunately it is not up to me but the arresting officer to decide or perhaps a judge who hears the case. I hope some real due process takes place, as there is no excuse for her actions in this situation.
John Doe January 04, 2013 at 05:27 PM
If the D.A. let this go, any future armed robbers would be able to incite precedence and claim that they were merely showing the gun for fun, not for intimidation and certainly not intend to hram.
Aimee Turner January 04, 2013 at 05:38 PM
I think if she has issues with rage that she should be made to take an anger management course. Did she pay a fine? She left her job which probably paid extremely well. Have her pay money to the victim apology, and take an anger management course. Standing in empty parking space is not the same thing as saving a seat. Standing in a parking place if you are not getting out of a vehicle is dangerous.
Michelle Storey-Daniel January 04, 2013 at 06:00 PM
It is not illegal to stand in a parking lot and hold a space for someone. The need for people to constantly blame the victim has gotten out of control. The girl was not breaking any laws. She TOLD Cornett what she doing and why she was standing there IN PLAIN VIEW. In broad daylight. Instead of taking the parking space right across from where the assault took place, Cornett decided to play chicken with a young pedestrian who can't be more than 100 lbs soaking wet. The girl was minding her own business and simply trying to help her sister in law who had recently given birth and was having trouble walking very far. That tells me that the teenager is a good kid who cares about others. On the other hand, the road raging Cornett Hornet behaved like a child. Cornett wanted to get her way and this was one of her tantrums. It wasn't about getting the parking spot, there were several open spaces nearby, this is all about Cornett's entitlement complex. It's about controling people and forcing them to bend to her will. . The victim has a right to stand where she wants and not be mowed down like an animal for it. Sheesh. This was clearly an attempt to intimidate a child and for Cornett to throw her weight around as if she deserves better parking because of who she is. . In civilized communities, one doesn't behave in this fashion. I'd much rather have people well versed in civility making decisions about my tax dollars.
aj January 04, 2013 at 08:47 PM
What an Idiot! If this was my daughter, I would have filed assault charges. I would then , pursue this woman with a civil suit as well. Then I would make room in my driveway for my daughter's new GX470!
Robert L. January 05, 2013 at 02:41 AM
Pay the victim????? For what? The girl wasn't hurt at all!
Robert L. January 05, 2013 at 02:51 AM
Personally, I feel that the only thing Ms. Cornett is at fault for is poor judgement. How do you know that that teen didn't smart off to Ms. Cornett. Besides, Ms. Cornett could have thought she was able to pull into the space. The girl was standing on the edge of the space. How do we not know that Ms. Cornett was telling the truth and the stain on the girls pants is from her leaning on the car. The girl didn't act like she was hurt or had been dragged or anything. And if Ms. Cornett was truly angry and was being hateful and had anger problems, then why didn't she pull all the way in? She left the parking spot, because she was worried for the girl. She was the one who called the police and the ambulance. I think this thing has been blown way out of proportion. My heart goes out to the Cornett family. Also, all you people saying she should be charged with assault with a deadly weapon, that is ridiculous! I guess everybody who accidentaly rear ends somebody should be charger with assault with a deadly weapon, then!
Dawn Marsala January 05, 2013 at 03:26 AM
Thank you Robert L. I believe there are two sides to this story. You cannot see the video well enough and no one shows up to park there what so ever. Yes, Ms. Cornett moved forward, but so did the young lady, you can tell that girl was to the side of the vehicle when Angie went forward. Say what you want, but Ms. Cornett had no way to know that the girl would move into her car. So sad that people act this way and judge before knowing all the facts.
Jeri Holland January 05, 2013 at 11:24 AM
Parking lots are full of people standing and walking . They are meant for the use of cars and pedestrians. Care has to be giving when you're operating a half ton SUV. What if that teen was a younger child just crossing the space? We don't know what Ms. Corbetts reasonings were but she wasn't driving with caution, which does constitutes recklessness.
Ringo January 05, 2013 at 02:34 PM
I don't know who is at fault - my opinion is that the car accelerated into the space touching the teenager. Does it matter? There is no law preventing someone from saving a parking space. And it is a PARKING SPOT. Is that really a situation that should escalate into physical confrontation? There are LOTS of parking spots in the Walmart parking lot. Do you really need to have an argument about walking 10 feet further to the doors of he store? Is so, then get a handicap parking pass.
Larry January 05, 2013 at 04:27 PM
"half ton SUV"? Depending on the chassis, the SUV weighed well over 5000 pounds, closer to 6000. That is almost 3 tons. A "bump" with 3 tons has enough energy to cause serious damage...
steve January 05, 2013 at 05:29 PM
I dont think board member should walk away without a penalty but jail time is a far stretch well maybe a 7 day stretch and a fine and paying the young girl restitution is a fair penalty.
RA January 05, 2013 at 05:38 PM
I can't believe what I'm seeing! Anyone with good common sense who has seen the video can clearly see there were words exchanged, but for the teenager to step in front of a moving vehicle trying to park is unacceptable, any where any time for whatever reason! And if you think otherwise you need to go back to some sort of school and take comprehension classes of some sort. Mrs.Cornett did absolutely nothing wrong, she needs to stand up for being falsely accused and shame on CPD as well, I hope she files a defimation of character lawsuit against all involved!
lisa January 05, 2013 at 07:43 PM
lol
lisa January 05, 2013 at 07:49 PM
Yup, Mrs Cornett did absolutely nothing wrong, that is why she got a lawyer, resigned from the board ...yup yup yup what she should have done is act like a grown up and find a different parking spot and stop behaving like a nitwit
lisa January 05, 2013 at 07:59 PM
Robert I might be wrong but I don't think mrs Cornett is the one who call 911, I think it was the teenager from what I read somewhere. Mrs Cornett is at fault for more than making a poor judgement. I do not care if the teen smart off to her, she has no right to intimidate the teen with her 6000lbs vehicle, she could have killed her, lucky that did not happened. Mrs Cornett can however curse, honk and call the teen all kind of names in the book but it does not give her the right to do what she did...I am not defending the teen either but than again when you are at that age, some teens will do some stupid things but they will learn from their mistake as they grow older. Mrs Cornett on the other hand is a 40's yr old grown woman should have know better and especially if she is a public figure she should even be more cautious on the way she behave out in the public. Her stupidity/entitlement/anger issue had landed her in the land of trouble, and stress. I am pretty sure if she has to do it all over again she would do it differently because is the outcome really worth it?
lisa January 05, 2013 at 08:03 PM
RA...are you Angie Cornett?
Robert L. January 05, 2013 at 11:29 PM
@Lisa Oh yes, I agree. If the girl did smart off, Ms. Cornett shouldn't have tried to intimidate her with her SUV. I said "How do you know that that teen didn't smart off to Ms. Cornett." because people were making it look like this girl did nothing wrong. I don't feel that Ms. Cornett was using her vehicle to intimidate the girl, I feel that she thought she could pull into that space without even touching the girl. I feel that she didn't not pull into that space to try to intimidate or hurt the girl. I feel that the girl either threw herself into the car or leaned up against, I really don't think Cornett should be charged.
Bartow Pride January 06, 2013 at 07:41 AM
Robert, I think "paying the victim" leans more towards teaching a lesson to Cornett than restitution for the teenager. Hitting Cornett in her purse strings would be a great form of punishment as long as it accompanies felony charges. The magnitude of sheer idiocy, entitlement, meanness, hatefulness and plain old DUMB that Cornett displayed in that video should actually cause Bartow County to crown her as our Village Idiot. Causing Bartow to wind up on National News for the actions of this imbecile reflects on ALL OF US. I understood the movie theater analogy. It is not illegal to save a parking spot, seat, or place in line. It is illegal to forcible try to move or remove anyone who is doing that, however.
Bartow Pride January 06, 2013 at 07:51 AM
Robert, you should research the evidence obtained in this case before you speak on it. Cornett did not call 911. The girl did. Cornett moved her car because the victim began screaming and yelling for help. Rear ending someone is accidental unless you speak to them, understand why they are doing whatever it is they are doing (driving slowly perhaps) and you hit them as you angrily pass them. Intentional or not, the girl was visible to Cornett the entire time. The video proves that the girl did not throw herself at the car. Why must the victim always be the one sullied time and time again? Why should it matter who she is, how her attitude is, or that she was saving a spot? Like it or not, the girl was doing nothing wrong. There were other spaces to choose from. Cornett INTENTIONALLY pulled in, not caring whether the teenager was hit or not. It's like Cornett was playing chicken with the young girl. Foolish, foolish woman.
Bartow Pride January 06, 2013 at 07:55 AM
Haha. I like you, Lisa. Cornett's defenders, sparse though they are, appear to be as misguided as their hero. I think that says it all.
Marcene Banks Taff January 06, 2013 at 01:03 PM
I agree wholeheartedly. That was road rage, attempted asault with a deadly weapon, and a deliberate attempt to get that girl out of the way. The police report itself said the girl was doing nothing wrong. She was a pedestiran. What if she was a 70 yr. old woman; would AC have gunned her vehicle at the old lady? I hope the cops will do the right thing, and upgrade the charge. The girl should sue if they don't!
Marcene Banks Taff January 06, 2013 at 01:05 PM
I believe District Attorney Rosemary Greene will do the right thing. She is a very fair woman, and not part of the GOB network.
Marcene Banks Taff January 06, 2013 at 01:06 PM
For a new pair of jeans for starters, as well as intentionally trying to run her down, etc.
Dawn Marsala January 06, 2013 at 08:24 PM
No one is saying Angie is a hero and Angie said in the newspaper she parked and called 911 (stated in the newspaper). No one can tell the whole truth from this video. I am sure she wishes she made other decisions but what took place was so unexpected and happened within a few minutes. There is more to the video than anyone can tell. And I have not spoke to Angie because I know she has a lot going on, but she also is a person who does have concern for these kids. It looks like the driver moves forward around the person, why else would the turning wheel be the only thing that came in contact with the girl. Saying more charges is crazy when you do not know both stories. I am sure it will all come out eventually.
Michelle Storey-Daniel January 07, 2013 at 01:54 AM
Okay. Let's assume that no one can see who hit who on the video (which is false, by the way). Cornett CLEARLY paused, the girl CLEARLY spoke with someone, and Cornett blew past her. How hateful is the woman that no other parking space was good enough --- only the one being saved by a concerned teenager trying to help a new mom. Cornett doesn't understand how to take NO for an answer. You could see that there were other spaces available. Instead of being a decent human being and showing a little respect and human kindness --- she wanted THAT space. The ONLY space being held. Why is that? Why did it have to be THAT spot? Why didn't she just pick another spot. CORNETT escalated this. Not the teenager. There is no reason on God's green earth for Cornett to demand that spot and try to forcibly take it.
BG & MA Bennett January 08, 2013 at 08:03 PM
from what I have read, (I live in Florida and do not know her) but from what I have read about this case....the pros (against Cornett) outweigh the cons (for Cornett). Sounds like shes in over her head huh? but let the jury decide. note* if it had been me..........OOPS! here comes the judge...
BG & MA Bennett January 10, 2013 at 07:36 AM
It would be good if both the girls parents and she "ms Cornett" could come to terms with one another and get this behind them, She sounds like she was having a bad hair day and decided to get crazy.. we all have our bad days, probably even her parents. . Pray for both she and the family that they can get past this without.too many issues, the girls family could be using this incident to get rich. who knows?
Paul Nally January 11, 2013 at 02:52 PM
O.C.G.A. 16-11-39 (a) A person commits the offense of disorderly conduct when such person commits ...: (1) Acts in a ... tumultuous manner ... Tumultuous - Dictionary.com 2. disorderly ... Merrium-Webster 2. disposed to cause or incite a tumult Disorderly - Dictionary.com 1. characterized by ...' irregular; ... 3. Law. contrary to public order ... Merrium-Webster 1. engaged in conduct offensive to public order Irregular Dictionary.com 3. not conforming to established rules, customs, etiquette, morality, etc. Merrium-Webster 1. a : not being or acting in accord with laws, rules, ... So, yes. Teen, by her own admission, to blame and should have been charged. Obstructing public access to public areas is Disorderly conduct.
Ken Hicks January 14, 2013 at 12:56 PM
Big difference between saving a seat in a theatre and a parking space. And the girl is 17, hardly a "child". The teen was rude by common standards with her act, BUT that in absolutely no way excuses the action by the accused. With what we do now of the event and the video evidence GUILTY on both counts.

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