SOUTH BEND --Number of people who spoke in support of South Bend school board Vice President Bill Sniadecki: 16.
Number of board members who voted in favor of censuring Sniadecki: four.
Number of people President Roger Parent ordered to be escorted out of the meeting: two.
One after another, a stream of parents, community members and teachers filed to the microphone in the board room of the South Bend Community Schools administrative building.
The meeting, which lasted more than an hour, and consisted largely of support for Sniadecki, initially wasn't scheduled to have a public-input portion.
In between speakers, there was applause and cheers from the audience of about 70.
They were diverse in age, gender and race.
But their message was the same: A vote to censure Sniadecki would be a vote to censure his district.
"This is an effort to negate the election," said Mario Sims, with the group Citizens United for a Better Government. "People want him to represent them," Sims said of Sniadecki, who was re-elected this week to a third term. "This invalidates the election."
Board Secretary Michelle Engel presented the list of grievances against Sniadecki.
Parent said board members have the responsibility to hold each other accountable.
Sniadecki's behavior can no longer be tolerated, Parent said.
In the end, four board members, Parent, Engel, Maritza Robles and John Stancati, voted in favor of censuring Sniadecki.
Dawn Jones voted against it. And Jay Caponigro wasn't present.
Aside from the public act of discipline, the censure amounts to Sniadecki's being stripped of the title of vice president for the three remaining meetings of the year.
The censure expires on Dec. 31, the last day of his current term.
Before the board's vote, a parade of Sniadecki supporters took to the microphone.
Catherine Hostetler said she's never met anyone with as much passion as Sniadecki.
"Yes, he gets frustrated," she said, "and maybe sometimes his passion and frustration comes through in ways this Prozac generation don't find acceptable. ... He will stand up for his principles. He will stand up for his beliefs. He will stand up for kids," she said.