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Grace Davis is a sophomore at Ponderosa High School in Parker, Colorado. She was upset that so many teachers left every year, and she decided to hold a student protest to call attention to the issue. (I posted about this here on May 8). She got clearance from the school. She read about her First Amendment rights. She thought everything was set.
Colorado Public Radio told the story here.
Two members of the school board asked to meet with her. One is the president of the board. Grace brought a recording device with her and taped the meeting. From her research, she knew it was legal to tape a conversation without the consent of all parties under Colorado law.
The meeting lasted an hour and a half. (Grace missed a class while she was harangued.) The board members warned her that her family would be liable for any damages. They threatened, they cajoled. Grace, on her own, with no parent or advisor, stood her ground.
The protest was held without incident.
Grace went to the next school board meeting and explained what happened. She called for the resignation of the two board members for bullying her.
The board was split; the board president hired an outside lawyer to conduct an investigation. CPR noted the ties between the school board president and the lawyer, suggesting that this will not be an independent investigation.
How owe can it be that sophomore Grace Davis is wiser than the district school board? She understands the importance of teachers. She exercised critical thinking, came to her views after personal experience and careful research. She personified the courage and independence we hope to teach all students.
I am pleased to add Grace Davis to the blog’s honor roll.