As School Board Meetings Heat Up, Officials Take Sides

By David Bass
Carolina Journal

The N.C. Task Force for Safer Schools is finalizing a statement chiding parents for strongly voicing their views and at times disrupting recent school board meetings.

The disruptions have come from parents — across the state and nation — concerned about school policies on everything from COVID-19 vaccination and masking to controversial instruction on race and gender issues.

At an Oct. 12 meeting, task force chair William Lassiter said “threatening” and “bullying” behavior was occurring at local school board meetings. “These are controversial topics, obviously, but they are topics that we as a community can come together and come up with the best guidance for our children if we do that in a productive and civil manner,” he said.

“It’s my belief that the parents and advocates and community members that are at the school board meetings, they’re often displaying the behavior that would be deemed as inappropriate [and] are probably likely also teaching that behavior to their children,” said Rachel Johnson, another task force member.

A current draft of the task force’s statement reads: “Adults must demonstrate the behaviors we want our children, such as being positive and solutions-focused and avoiding name-calling and derogatory and defamatory language, to display when there are disagreements. While we shouldn’t expect everyone to always agree on policy, we should expect everyone to understand we are all interested in the same outcome — a quality education provided in a safe and caring environment that prepares children for life’s challenges and the skills they need to excel in the global economy.”

Left-wing advocates have painted parent protesters with a broad brush, including accusations of domestic terrorism, as right-wing observers say most parents remain peaceful in exercising their First Amendment Rights.

“State education entities such as the N.C. Task Force for Safer Schools are addressing the symptoms and not the disease,” said Dr. Terry Stoops, director of the Center for Effective Education at the John Locke Foundation. “Both state and local education leaders should consider the underlying reasons for parental discontent and pledge to assess their legitimate concerns.”

According to Lassiter, the decision for the task force to release a statement was prompted by a letter from the N.C. School Boards Association to Gov. Roy Cooper and lawmakers in the General Assembly asking for help to stem the tide of parent objections at school board meetings. Nationally, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland issued a controversial memo, threatening FBI investigations into parents who disrupt school board meetings or threaten school board members and school staff.

“Regrettably, the Biden administration politicized and sensationalized an issue that is easily addressed by state and local officials,” said Stoops.

Republican lawmakers have been quick to denounce the recent push to silence parents. In an Oct. 7 letter, North Carolina U.S. Reps. David Rouzer, Madison Cawthorn, and Ted Budd signed on to a letter condemning Garland’s involvement of the federal government.

“Threats of violence are completely unacceptable; however, this is nothing more than a scare tactic to silence parents who are pushing back against unnecessary mandates and an agenda they disagree with being forced down their children’s throats,” the letter states. “School boards are elected bodies and it’s their duty to be responsive and fairly represent the parents and students in their district.”

N.C. Senate Leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, posted a statement on Facebook in early October saying the double standard between Democrats’ current campaign to shutter parental voices and their silence on racial riots over the summer of 2020 that left major cities across the country in flames.

“When rioters set fire to buildings, looted stores, and laid siege to a federal courthouse last summer, we were told over and over that the ‘mostly peaceful protests’ were a necessary racial reckoning and actually good for public health,” Berger wrote. “When parents show up at school board meetings in actual, real peaceful protests over concerns about policies impacting their own children, the media and the teachers’ unions demand the FBI start investigating.”

“Of course, there are a few people who take things too far,” Berger added. “There always are, and those people should face consequences. But the double standard here — defending rioters destroying entire city blocks as ‘mostly peaceful’ while branding moms upset about school curriculum as some sort of national threat — is astonishing and frightening.”

14 COMMENTS

  1. I applaud parents who get involved in these matters. As always, as adults, we should remain civilized and exercise good manners. Likewise, officials are held to the same standards and are accountable to the people who elect them.

  2. All you need to read is this: NOTE: our school board wants to shove CRT down our throats, wants to shove some other leftisit agenda crap down our throats. We all know who these 4 board members are. I know I will be casting my votes against these 4 members.

    ““When rioters set fire to buildings, looted stores, and laid siege to a federal courthouse last summer, we were told over and over that the ‘mostly peaceful protests’ were a necessary racial reckoning and actually good for public health,” Berger wrote. “When parents show up at school board meetings in actual, real peaceful protests over concerns about policies impacting their own children, the media and the teachers’ unions demand the FBI start investigating.”

    “Of course, there are a few people who take things too far,” Berger added. “There always are, and those people should face consequences. But the double standard here — defending rioters destroying entire city blocks as ‘mostly peaceful’ while branding moms upset about school curriculum as some sort of national threat — is astonishing and frightening.””

    Want to know how it really is, 25+ people were murdered during the riots and terrorism that happened across the country this past year. There is one murder that struck me, its of a 12 year old little girl sitting in a car at a drive thru in Atlanta GA. The car she was sitting in was hit 12 times by AK47 gun fire. The murderer who did this was caught on surveillance cameras and other cell phone cameras. The FBI knows who that person is and guess what, HE IS GIVEN A FREE PASS. NOTHING HAS HAPPENED TO HIM. Yet parents who show up at a school board meeting is going to be targeted by the FBI as a national security threat and labeled domestic terrorist

    Any school board member who thinks this way needs to be booted out period. There is 4 school board members of JCPS who feels and thinks this way, those 4 needs to go. The only national security threat I see is those 4 school board members, they are traitors.

  3. “…parents who disrupt school board meetings or threaten school board members and school staff…” I understand being upset if the FBI was being used to investigate disruptions. The threaten part is where it its applicable. I guess according to date rapist Cawthorn and do nothing Rouzer think that threatening people does not qualify as a crime.

  4. I’ve yet to hear a boardroom table being burned to the ground like businesses were across the country when BLM ‘mostly peacefully protested’. Parents have a right to voice their concerns and if not allowed, will certainly ensure voting integrity exists and replace the school board members who are deaf!

  5. I had enough of this world and I am converting over to be a Proud Socialist Communist Democrat !!! I mean for real when I was in school who wouldn’t want pornography in the school and be able to enter a girls bathroom? This CRT Cult would have been a dream come true for my early teen years. I with $180-K-Carroll now and yes thank you $180-K-Carroll for being out of town so you wouldn’t have to vote for or against that Anti-CRT policy!!! Wink, Wink we know where you stand on CRT $180-K-Carroll and now I am with you.

  6. NC school board, parents have every right to voice their concerns. You are allowing filth into our schools and you should be attacking that issue, not the parents. You should be upset too if you have children in public school.You’re requesting Feds? This is a local issue. Keeping our children masked while you go in public without one. What hypocracy and disgrace! People are able to gauge a situation by reading people’s demeanor and facial expressions. You are taking that human survival instinct away from our children.

  7. It is time to start electing people with the same concerns as the parents. If this does not work remove school taxes from mortgage payments and put into a different account or keep it your private safe until judgement. Money seems to one method of communication. I will not speak about other methods until it is necessary but it sure looks like the road to hoe.

  8. Phil Berger, you are the problem! And dummy, the entire district needs to be representative, not just the loudest voices. And your comments on the riots, yes burn it down and start over, and yes its f***** up! Get over yourself..

  9. Berger, how about your mentioned the Capitol riot! Millions of dollars damage, feces, police officers beat some died! Congressman threatened, the vice president threatened! Democracy threatened. Your silence is complicit! Mr. Berger! God save America from itself !

  10. Wake up America. WE THE PEOPLE are going to take ou country back. And WE THE PEOPLE are starting with the Johnston County School board. Start with Kay Carroll.

  11. I would appreciate it if we could all live in reality an acknowledge..Masks do not stop the spread of a microscopic respiratory influenza and you cannot vaccinate your way out of a respiratory influenza when you have animal reservoirs.We defeated polio because the animals could not contract and spread the disease.Like it or not we will have to live with Covid 19.There is currently a double standard between OSHA air quality standards at construction sites an mines than there is at schools and it’s of my opinion my children cannot learn while being suffocated and re-breathing their carbon dioxide.I reserve the right of free choice when it comes to my children and my tax dollars other parents may take whatever precautions they deem necessary. Any communist attempts to derail free choice will be met with strong resolve during the elections ..💯

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