It is shocking and abhorrent that the school board and principal would concede defeat in a case that could likely have been won, at no cost to the school (taxpayers) whatsoever, by pro bono representation by the ADF, a highly qualified, experienced legal association with substantial wins.
It is disgusting that, in snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, they agreed to pay the ACLU for the privilege of voiding protection of children from internet pornography, obscenity and controversial sex-identity propaganda, things better reserved for the family to address at home.
This concession, of course, may put the school in violation of federal legislation (CIPA).
Until a legally binding agreement was signed, options remained, such as standing for right, limiting internet use to academic assignments, granting limited access to specific students at parental request.
These options are now gone, and the school has placed itself under voluntary oversight (by court or ACLU?). Voters can take steps to remove board members at the polls. Parents can revoke blanket permission for internet access, or move to home or private school. We can fight for school vouchers at the state level. But we can also work to eliminate the very recently created Dept. of Education and the attendant funding and interference, returning control to the local level. Or refuse federal funding by picking up the cost locally. For the moment, this remains a government of the people, by the people, for the people, IF we have the will to fight and persevere.
-Jeannine Peter, of Camdenton