Atlantic City Mayor Charged Over Alleged Abuse

Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small Sr., a Democrat, has been charged with a shocking act of violence against his own daughter. Along with his wife, who serves as the superintendent of the Atlantic City Public School System, they abused their teenage daughter for months over a forbidden relationship.

The abuse, which included beating her unconscious with a broom, threatening to push her down the stairs, and punching her in the mouth, is horrifying.

What is even more disturbing is the fact that just two weeks ago, Mayor Small held a press conference to deny rumors of this abuse vehemently. Standing alongside his daughter, he denied allegations that she was pregnant with twins by a drug dealer and that he had harmed her in any way. He even went as far as to call the allegations “political and racial,” showing a complete disregard for the severity of the situation.

Mayor Small‘s wife as well as the principal of Atlantic City High School, a close friend of the mayor and his wife, have also been charged in connection with the abuse. The principal, Constance Days-Chapman, is accused of failing to report the abuse after the daughter disclosed it to her. 

The fact that Mayor Small’s daughter felt the need to report the abuse to a school staffer is a clear indication of the dysfunction in their home. As a community, we must do better to protect and support our most vulnerable members, especially our children. No child should ever have to endure such violence and fear in their own home.

It is also concerning that Mayor Small’s daughter initially recanted her allegations of abuse. This shows the power dynamic and fear that exists in the household.

As the investigation continues, it is important to remember that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. However, the evidence against Mayor Small and his wife is overwhelming and cannot be ignored.