After a rousing speech by former state senator Dick Black opposing the Loudoun County Public Schools treatment of teacher Tanner Cross and their policies regarding transgender students and the teaching of Critical Race Theory, the audience in the room broke into applause and shouted “shame on you” directed at the school board. Many shouted for the School Board to resign. The School Board called for a recess as many in the audience of parents sang “The Star Spangled Banner” as the board left the room. The board then voted 9-0 to stop all public comments at the meeting. They eventually reconvened in a closed session.
The Sheriff’s office was contacted. The sheriff’s office declared it an unlawful assembly and told the crowd to dispurse. When some refused the order at least one parent was arrested.
>>> Ian Prior, a spokesman for the group (Fight For Schools) and father of two Loudoun students who is also a former Justice Department official, said during the Monday rally that the Loudoun County School Board is refusing to give parents a seat at the table when it comes to how their kids are educated on controversial topics, including transgender issues and critical race theory.
“And that is the ultimate mission here is, it’s something that starts here and spreads across the country, where parents get a seat at the table,” he said. “Whether it’s an association or organization, something where they have some kind of power to shape the future of education in their own towns“.
The board meeting comes days after the district confined a Christian student to a small room during schoolwide periods of transgender-themed lessons that his family had objected to based on their faith – and after a court ordered the district to reinstate a suspended phys ed teacher who spoke out against the proposed new transgender policy at a board meeting last month.<<<
UPDATE: Dick Black’s speech which caused the Loudoun County School Board to end public comments and make their meeting private. They clearly do not want to hear from the public.