Cooper vs. Stamm — let's get ready to rumble in a rematch!

The Reading School Board over the years hasn’t always been an august, austere body of pantywaist academics.
Still, having gladiators on the board usually hasn’t been part of the equation.
Until now.
Educational leadership in the city hit the deck Thursday night when Reading School Board member Pierre Cooper allegedly scuffled with fellow board member Keith Stamm during an argument over a proposal to replace high school principal Wynton Butler.
Stamm said Cooper became enraged and grabbed him during a human-resources committee meeting.”Pierre grabbed me by both arms and threw me to the ground, ” Stamm said. “My knee hit first and he was standing behind me getting ready to hit me with a chair when someone grabbed him and stopped him.”
Apparently Harry Storch, board vice president, wound up as the referee before the cops were called.
Shades of the WWE! Stamm was treated in Reading Hospital for a bruised knee.Cooper declined comment. He was cited for harassment Friday.Stamm said he is exploring whether Cooper can be removed from the board. Stamm said he also wants Cooper to compensate him for missing work and for hospital and ambulance bills.
Two school board members getting in a tussle certainly doesn’t set a fine example for a student body that has been prone to violence.
Stamm and Cooper should now stand up and show the students that aggression should be limited only to the ring.
If Stamm and Cooper were to stage a rematch in a boxing ring at the Geigle Complex, they could demonstrate the physical art of fighting.
Accomplished boxers, after all, are action poets. These warriors rely on such attributes as punch, size, speed, intelligence, command and imagination — not guns and knives.
Besides, Stamm needs to stand up for himself. Right now, he seems almost seems insectile compared to Cooper. If Stamm fought back with drilling aggression punctuated by threshing-blade punches, he would regain some respect in the ‘hood.
Meanwhile, Butler may want to rough somebody up on the board since his job as principal seems to be on the ropes.
Storch said the board, meeting as a committee of the whole, plans to consider action on Butler on Monday night and Cooper threatened to fill the board room with black residents to block a vote.”I don’t care if anybody stacks or tries to fill up the room because when we vote it will be in executive session,” Storch said. “So either the people will leave the room, or the board will recess to another room, but we won’t be stopped.”The state Sunshine Law requires school boards to vote in public, not in executive session.
Granted, the Sunshine Law has taken it on the chin so often it’s usually groggier than a four-round stumblebum.