(NOLA.COM) Norman Browning wants out. He wants out of a school district where students bring guns to school, where cell phone videos capture fistfights, where two teenagers recently knocked out a bus driver’s teeth, where a middle schooler set a substitute teacher on fire. He wants out of a school district that is attempting — and he believes, failing — to cater to 42,000 different children, the majority of whom are impoverished and struggling in school.
He wants out of a government that, as he sees it, takes his tax money and spends it elsewhere, on swanky development projects downtown or in rundown neighborhoods in north Baton Rouge. He wants out of a system that he sees as neglecting the needs of his middle-class community in Southeast Baton Rouge.
He wants his own school district and his own city, and he is not alone.