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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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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