To the Editor:
In an article in The Wilson Post on Sept. 9 entitled “Protest held at school bd.,” you quoted Mike Davis, director of schools for the county, that his decision to not allow the showing at any time of the President of the United States speech “had nothing to do with politics.”
In my opinion, Mr. Davis’ other statements do not support this assertion. His email to school personnel and his quote in a Nashville daily newspaper started with “We have received some phone calls about viewing upcoming speeches.” This note was received after some principals had already sent emailes encouraging their teachers to show the speech.
In addition, on Tuesday, Sept. 8, the following email was received by teachers from Mr. Davis’ office: “Mr. Davis asks that you make the appropriate staff aware of this opportunity for Representative Susan Lynn to speak to their classes.” This is referring to a letter that Representative Susan Lynn has sent requesting the opportunity to speak to students.
It is difficult to not suspect that Mr. Davis finds it acceptable to have the local State Representative who is a member of the Republican Party to take time out of the normal instructional studies, but not the President of the United States who happens to be a Democrat.
Let’s see, State Representative versus the President of the United States and Leader of the Free World!
Mr. Davis also asserted that the school system was making the President’s speech available for viewing by students from their homes on the school system’s web site. I think that is admirable, but the student population who might have most benefited from this speech probably do not have access to the Internet from their homes.
We need to do everything to inspire our students to stay in school, work hard and obey their teachers. If hearing the President’s speech inspired only a few students to graduate from high school, the time would have been well spent.
I call on the school board to take actions against Mr. Davis who showed blatant disrespect for the office of the President of the United States. It should be a requirement that our school leaders are patriots and set a good example for our students and are committed to increase our high school graduation rate with any means available.
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