ClarkCountyToday.com recently ran an article: https://www.clarkcountytoday.com/opinion/letter-the-vancouver-school-district-ignored-or-broke-numerous-rules-to-enforce-the-governors-emergency-mask-rule/
Today we highlight some of the comments in that article but please go to CCT and read the full story.
First, here’s the legal document that was filed: EFILED motion and memo
Second, here are some top level comments from the Opinion piece submitted to CCT:
- On the day following the 2021 Labor Day holiday, Vancouver Public School District [VPS] filed a lawsuit against Megan Gabriel, a Skyview student’s mother. VPS wanted to stop Gabriel from organizing public demonstrations at Skyview High School. Gabriel hoped demonstrations would bring public attention to the fact VPS would not allow her daughter to attend school without wearing a face mask (even when the student’s doctor had said that wearing a face mask would be harmful to her). Rather than find another way to solve the problem and ignoring that over the Labor Day weekend Gabriel asked people not to demonstrate, Vancouver Public Schools chose to sue the mother.
- The attorney makes 15 points regarding the lawsuit (read each in the full article at ClarkCountyToday.com)
- The attorney summarizes:
- Elected school officials in the state of Washington swear an oath to defend the Washington Constitution and to adhere to Washington law. Our legitimate expectation is that those officials will have the courage to honor that oath. Unfortunately, that courage is sometimes lacking. It is concerning when that lapse results in the violation of the constitutional rights of a community. It is concerning when there is no contrition for that failure and when there is no effort to correct obvious mistakes. It is also troubling that the same educational districts that claim to care about bullying will use the court system to bully parents who can’t compete with million-dollar school budgets to defend their children. The Vancouver Public Schools owe Ms. Gabriel and the community an apology and a pledge not to act outside of the law again.
Question: Is this how some of the “enrichment levy” money has been and will be used for? You be the judge. Read the motion. If you have opinions then please share them with the Vancouver school district.
How do you contact someone at the Van SD? According to their website: Contact a specific person: Email them at email@example.com (e.g., Debra Jones would be firstname.lastname@example.org). If that’s correct then the Superintendents email address should be: email@example.com
The phone number for the Superintendents office shows as: 360-313-1000
Give one of them a try and share your opinion and see if it works.