Forcucci Hearing Focuses on Alleged Women's Room Confrontation

July 2, 2014 Updated Jul 2, 2014 at 11:36 PM EDT

By John Borsa

July 2, 2014 Updated Jul 2, 2014 at 11:36 PM EDT

HAMBURG, NY (WKBW) - Jennifer Lackey, the secretary to the superintendent and the Hamburg School Board, testified on Wednesday night about a bizarre confrontation in the women's room before a school board meeting some months ago, with board member Catherine Forcucci who the district is trying to remove from office.

"She was right in my face," Lackey said. "I thought what in the world is this crazy lady doing? Preventing me from leaving and boxing me in like a trapped dog in a cage in the bathroom. Crazy."

During her testimony, Lackey broke down, claiming she was the target of Forcucci's abusive behavior on several occasions.

"I thought, is she going to come after me? Is she going to grab my arm? Is she going to pull my hair? What's going on in her head? You don't treat people like that. You do not treat people like that's. That's disrespectful and unprofessional," Lackey said.

Forcucci, described by her colleagues as out of control, loud and abusive, is fighting to keep her position on the Hamburg School Board.

While many have testified about alleged run-ins with Forcucci, at least one former school board member says Forcucci has always been professional to her and says the cost of these hearings... including lawyers fees is costing the district jobs.

"They just eliminated four to five positions last night in elementary and increased class sizes in third grade to 28. That could have kept every teacher they eliminated," said former school board member Holy Balaya.

The next hearing is scheduled for Aug. 14.

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