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School board candidate faces criminal charges

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On the eve of the Lone Jack school board election, parents and concerned neighbors spoke out against Duane Mason, a former school board member who may return to that position despite being charged with a felony. On the eve of the Lone Jack school board election, parents and concerned neighbors spoke out against Duane Mason, a former school board member who may return to that position despite being charged with a felony.
LONE JACK, MO (KCTV) -

On Tuesday night, the city of Lone Jack will elect its new school board, but one candidate is facing criminal charges and is still on the ballot ahead of the election.

On the eve of the Lone Jack school board election, parents and concerned neighbors spoke out against Duane Mason, a former school board member who may return to that position despite being charged with a felony.

"The whole community is just really upset about it and we've all gathered together," said Angie Pinnell, a parent within the district. "We want to make sure that everybody is doing their job that they're hired to do and to keep our children safe."

Court documents show that Mason is accused of pointing a loaded rifle at two men outside of his home after they threatened his wife.

This all stems from an argument over Mason tearing down the men's deer stand.

Prosecutors say Mason only put down the gun after police got there. He said he was afraid of a stray bullet hitting his grandson.

Neighbors say the school superintendent knew about the charges and still allowed Mason to be around children.

Superintendent Bryan Prewitt denied that claim, however. He said he asked Mason to stop volunteering as soon as he learned of the charges. But some parents are still wary of Mason's criminal history, and don't think he should be allowed on the ballot.

"If he has a violent nature to him, we can't afford to have someone on that board with that type of history," parent Dale Hotop said.

Prewitt said all the candidates signed an agreement saying they were eligible to hold office because they hadn't been convicted of, or plead guilty to, a felony or misdemeanor.

If Mason wins and is convicted, he would have to resign.

Mason declined to comment.

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