I am grateful for the exceptionally well written and edited CBH’s stories and recordings on the School Board meetings, especially because TV news broadcasts have also taken notice and have been hitting me up via text, and furthermore inquiring about the volatile public displays. It is my hopes that the CBH stories will help dissolve the unnecessary and disrespectful interruptions from the audience, for you all and so that people like me that care to get a full picture and help where I can, don’t have to be exposed to that. I understand passion, reactions and not agreeing, and God knows we are all human, but it has been difficult for me to have to witness the rudeness, personal attacks, and constant obstructions due to disorderly conduct. Chief Kevin Fuhr reassured me that there will be continued police care for safety. It is OK for board members to have someone removed if they are causing distracting scenes. It is actually the most appropriate recourse. And yes at the last meeting the lady behind me was overly obnoxious and appeared to be intoxicated. I even gave her an excerpt on being positive. Superintendent Josh Meek’s nondisciplinary “professional guidance” letters for reguidance and a friendly reminder/warning is to be commended; especially because our state and federal laws state, “training and/or retraining, if necessary.” Thank you.
While I appreciate what Moses Lake Education Association President Jeremy Pitts reiterated regarding our First Amendment’s Right of Free Speech, and as a former volunteer for the ACLU, I am all about that, but he failed to include the court decisions that state, “temper the tongue,” and obstructions due to disorderly conduct is a criminal offense. I pray that we can all be mindful that children are watching, listening and learning and we must all try to be on our best behavior as mentors; especially because this need for reflections, and need to be publicized as a friendly warning, is not the most positive media attention and takes away from the focus on finding solutions and how amazing the Moses Lake School District is. I do strongly believe an apology, that should have already been made, is in order.