“It’s a pretty unusual story,” said WSB-TV news director Mike Dreaden “How often is a school board member arrested and accused of running into a teenager? That’s certainly why the story got our attention.”
Jessica Loeding, managing editor at the Daily Tribune News in Cartersville, said her paper had received “overwhelming blowback” from readers responding to stories about the incident. “It’s a very big deal here in Bartow County,” she said.
Cornett had already been under fire for comments she made during a school board meeting in September in which she spoke disparagingly about a former school system employee after naming the employee in the public meeting.