Opinion: Group spews appalling vitriol at North Clackamas board
If you have not witnessed recent North Clackamas School District Board meetings before, you would be shocked at the display of adults acting unprofessional at one of the latest meetings.
The last gathering earlier this month was an embarrassment, which proved civility is lost for some who refuse to follow school board policies when given the opportunity to share their thoughts. The trouble with the adult behavior is that it makes you wonder what they must be instilling in their children who attend our schools.
I am appalled at the actions of a small group of people, including those who no longer have a student attending the district, disrupting board meetings, screaming from the audience, shouting out members of the board, and deciding only they know what is best for students in a district that prides itself on supporting all students, including those of color and as members of the LGTBQ+ community.
Board meetings have had to go online to diffuse the amount of anger and vitriol spewed by some audience members who refuse to voice their opinions in a professional manner. Enough is enough. We do not need this kind of behavior in any of our educational settings.
I hope those who choose to act like this while being recorded realize their actions do not make their comments credible to the majority of us watching.
Deb Barnes is a Milwaukie resident who has been an educator for the past 29 years in the North Clackamas School District.
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