by Tom Finkel
Kansas City’s NBC affiliate took hidden cameras into Milestone Christian Academy, the new school that hoped to become a hoops powerhouse, and which drew from KC and St. Louis schools. Regina Taylor Gilbert, mother of former Career Academy and Vashon High School player Marcel Taylor-Smith, sent me the story this morning.
NBC got a look at e-mails from Milestone coach/pastor/principal Peter Flournoy to Regina Gilbert in which he apparently promised to pay Gilbert’s rent, utilities and groceries, and get her a job.
Meanwhile, Second Mile Ministries, which started the school, has suspended Flournoy after learning about his outstanding warrants for bad checks. Here’s a statement from Second Mile:
Having discovered there were misdemeanor warrants in Peter Flournoy's past in Etowah County, Alabama for insufficient checks outstanding, the Second Mile board has taken the following action. Because part of the mission of the church of Jesus Christ is to be redemptive, Mr. Flournoy will be given 90 days to take care of all his outstanding warrants and insufficient checks in Texas and Alabama. During this time, he will [be] suspended as Principal of Milestone Christian Academy. He will be retained as boys basketball coach and will assist in teaching responsibilities.
At the end of 90 days, if Mr. Flournoy has not taken care of his outstanding warrants and insufficient checks, he will be dismissed from the staff of Milestone Christian Academy.
C. Michael Bobbitt, Director Second Mile Ministries
I did find out that the Kansas City Star will be publishing a related investigative story, but the reporter told me the paper hasn’t yet set a run date.