Kenosha school board member caught in controversy

CREATED Feb 24, 2014 - UPDATED: Feb 24, 2014

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KENOSHA – Kyle Flood, 19, is the youngest member of Kenosha Unified’s school board.

That means he’s an elected official, tasked with shaping the future of education for Kenosha’s kids.

Flood is also learning plenty on his own.

Police caught up with the teen during two recent incidents at University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

In November, Flood was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.  Last week, he was handed a vandalism citation for breaking  a door at a campus apartment.

”That’s terrible.  It’s not something I want as a mom. It’s not something I want as a taxpayer.”

Kenosha mom Kristi Lacroix has been a longtime critic of Flood.

She launched an online petition calling for his resignation.  So far, nearly 300 people have signed up.

“It just seems that it’s one hit after the other,” Lacroix said.

“It definitely makes parents wake up and say, ‘Wait a minute. Who’s making the decisions for our students in our district?”

Flood refused our request for a formal interview on the matter.

“I can’t discuss it. I’m fighting it in court,” he told TODAY’S TMJ4.

“I can’t comment. I’m pleading not guilty. I can’t comment on this.”

Flood did take to social media, apologizing for his drug citation, but he has yet to discuss this latest charge.  

Parents believe the teen still has a lot of growing up to do.

“When you become a public official—especially when you’re representing children and a district—you definitely need to hold yourself to a higher standard, and you need to know that everything you say and do is going to be looked upon.”

KUSD’s school board is set to meet Tuesday night.  One item of note: a possible censure for Kyle Flood. Flood has said publicly he has no plans to resign.