Letter: Concerned Washougal parents kicked out of school board meeting

Washougal resident Patricia Bellamy details a recent incident between parents and Washougal School District staff at a school board meeting

Editor’s note: Opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are those of the author alone and do not reflect the editorial position of ClarkCountyToday.com 

Patricia Bellamy
Patricia Bellamy

On May 11th the Washougal School District discriminated against and harassed three female community members. We came to a scheduled public meeting to speak about Critical Race Theory and mask mandates for our children. The agenda had “Policy 0050-Equity, Diversity and Inclusion” which the parents believe contained critical race theory. 

The board voted to end the meeting before it ever really got started. They claimed there was a disruption when one member would not put on a mask due to medical and religious exemptions. Vice Superintendent Aaron Hansen and Superintendent Mary Templeton told everyone the meeting was over and we needed to clear the board meeting room.  

We left and observed the school staff heading to their cars. Our phones began ringing as concerned parents informed us the board illegally started another meeting, as shown on Zoom. They are required to provide 24-hour notice before any new meeting can be held.

The three of us returned, only to discover the doors were locked. All school board members, teachers and staff from the earlier “adjourned” meeting were inside. They refused to let us in, even closing a window so we could not hear the discussion from outside. They proceeded to laugh and mock us from inside.

Someone inside called the police, demanding we be removed for trespassing. Two police officers showed up. One spoke with school officials inside, and the other spoke with us.

The police issued each of us a “trespass admonishment,” prohibiting us from being on any school owned property for one year. If we enter any school district owned property for the next year, we face prosecution for “criminal trespass.” Furthermore, the admonishment stated: “should you trespass and commit another crime, you may also be charged with the crime of burglary.”

This means we cannot drop our children off at school, or pick them up after class. We cannot attend parent teacher conferences in person, nor attend any sporting or community events to support our children, on school property. We cannot attend PTA meetings. We cannot attend graduations. We cannot pick our children up at school if there is a medical issue.

It appears there is no way to challenge this trespass admonishment besides civil litigation.

The board has since indicated they will move all public meetings to zoom due to “Covid” until further notice. There will be multiple restrictions, including having to submit questions or comments in advance of the meeting. This gives the board members the opportunity to prescreen remarks before allowing you to speak.

It would appear the Washougal School District employees and board members violated numerous RCW’s. We have hired an attorney to investigate these matters and evaluate our options for legal recourse.

We believe all taxpayers and especially parents of school children have the right to attend school board meetings and to share their concerns. The school board is supposedly elected to represent the interests of taxpayers, the students and their parents.

This group has demonstrated their lack of tolerance to Washougal parents and citizens. They have shown they do not appreciate diversity of thought nor of opinion.

Sadly, our Washougal School Board and the school district administration are willing to play games with the citizens, ending school board meetings and then reconvening them after excluding citizens. The school board and the administration are willing to call the police, demanding citizens peacefully attending a public meeting, be cited for trespass.

We do not believe this represents the attitudes of a majority of the good people of Washougal. Are these the types of people we want managing our children’s schools and overseeing curriculum?

Washougal schools can do better. It’s time for a change in the leadership on our school board. It’s time for a change in the administration of our school district.

Patricia Bellamy
Washougal

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1 month ago

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Concerned parent
Concerned parent
1 month ago

Just say NO to Critical Race Theory and the racists peddling this propaganda to our children.

John K
John K
28 days ago

I’ll say no to White supremacy and White fragility instead!

Marie
5 days ago
Reply to  John K

That is a good personal goal but irrelevant to this.

Debbie Peterson
Debbie Peterson
1 month ago

I’m

Leah Seppanen
Leah Seppanen
1 month ago

Interesting. They could have just put on a mask.

John Ley
John Ley
1 month ago
Reply to  Leah Seppanen

My understanding is that the school administrators and the school board members were wearing masks. They were all “safe” and had nothing to fear.

Jayson
Jayson
1 month ago
Reply to  John Ley

You don’t understand how masks work. They are not for protection. They are to stop potential carriers from spreading.

Last edited 1 month ago by Jayson
Valerie J.
Valerie J.
30 days ago
Reply to  Jayson

Did you just crawl out of a cave after five months? There’s this wonderful medical miracle called… The Vaccine! And you, too, can get one and be safe from Covid! I’m willing to place a bet that every one of those board members has been vaccinated. The mask issue really isn’t a thing any more.

BruceM
BruceM
27 days ago
Reply to  Valerie J.

@Valerie J., that is ABSOLUTELY CORRECT!!
Face masks today have almost nothing to do with the spread of this virus or any other virus/bacteria and likely has far more to do with pollens and hay fever. Today the mask is a symbol of subservience, control, power and mindless compliance. It would make as much logical sense if Inslee and the teachers unions demanded individuals wear yellow shirts every second Wednesday of each month, and if found without a yellow shirt, be subject to fines and possible imprisonment.

Thomas Paine
Thomas Paine
17 days ago
Reply to  BruceM

It can only make me laugh when you use words like subservience, control, power and mindless compliance in regards to mask usage while utilizing an electronic device that truly encompasses them all!

Marie
5 days ago
Reply to  Jayson

A 65% success rate of a vaccine on a 99.997% recovery rate of a virus. The mask is irrelevant.

Kris
Kris
27 days ago
Reply to  Leah Seppanen

They were wearing masks genius. It was another lady whom they did not know that wasn’t wearing one.

K. Norman
K. Norman
1 month ago

When school boards are bullies, pull your kids out of school. Hit ’em in the wallet by home schooling or sending them to private school. Each kid in a classroom represents between $10K – $15K per year. Home schooling is fun and it’s a better education tailored to your student without critical race theory.

pwalton
pwalton
1 month ago
Reply to  K. Norman

Homeschooling is way better and you get to monitor what your kid is learning.

John Kowalski
John Kowalski
28 days ago
Reply to  pwalton

Stupid is as stupid does.

Wendi
Wendi
1 month ago

Yes to critical race theory. It’s teaching history accurately and not peddling white centric, history filled with myths. Please educate yourselves and don’t be racist.

Concerned parent
Concerned parent
1 month ago
Reply to  Wendi

Do you support treating people differently based on things that make us different, like the color of our skin or ethnic background?

If “Equity” is so important why didn’t MLK Jr ever mention it in his speeches? Was he wrong for focusing on equality?

Another concerned parent
Another concerned parent
1 month ago

Do you support treating people differently based on things that make us different, like the color of our skin or ethnic background? YES. Not everything is black and white (for lack of a better phrase). Start recognizing nuance!

If “Equity” is so important why didn’t MLK Jr ever mention it in his speeches? Was he wrong for focusing on equality?
Maybe this will help you understand the difference between equity and equality.

Yet Another Concerned Parent
Yet Another Concerned Parent
1 month ago

Conservatives don’t handle nuance very well. They prefer things boiled down to a simple binary — yes/no, good/bad, right/wrong.

Those who would like to ban Critical Race Theory are the ones who really need to learn it.

pwalton
pwalton
1 month ago

There’s nothing to learn. It’s based on a false premise, that slavery was a white and black thing. It wasn’t. In fact most African slaves, who were sold by there own government, were sold to Brazil, which, in fact, was the last country to abandon the Atlantic Slave Trade. Furthermore, very few whites even owned slaves in the States, and many slave owners were black women. Critical race theory is a Marxist theory that is being implemented with the sole intention of dividing us. It’s garbage and should be disposed as such. Period.

Nunya
Nunya
23 days ago
Reply to  pwalton

Where did you get your info?
Let me guess, you are related to those two intelligent heffers?

Kris
Kris
27 days ago

Well I’m brown and you’re yet another concerned RACIST parent.

Mike
Mike
12 days ago
Reply to  Kris

I get so sick & tired of this “… I’m brown, ur not. So obviously ur a racist & U owe me…” Grow up! It’s 2021. Stand on ur own two feet; ur OWN merits. Stop blaming everyone else if U can’t make it. Whiner…..

DJ Kumquat
DJ Kumquat
26 days ago

The work of prominent psychologist Jonathan Haidt, shows that self described conservatives have the most holistic political thinking, while self described liberals are the most narrow in their political calculations. Empirical research also shows that self described conservatives are more informed and more knowledgeable of political institutions and leadership than self described liberals.
https://ed.ted.com/lessons/jonathan-haidt-on-the-moral-roots-of-liberals-and-conversatives

Concerned Parent
Concerned Parent
1 month ago

I understand what equity is, and there is nothing wrong with people helping people who need a hand or who are less fortunate or capable than others. Its just that people should he free to help each other rather than setting up a government system thar determines and provides the needs of all.

The issue with CRT is the perspective that everything is inherently racist. From our freedoms, to our banking and education systems, to reasonable discourse, it’s all a construct racism and the only way to achieve true “equality” is to destroy it all and replace it with a system where “privileged” people step aside and allow the most “marginalized” to make the rules. Rather than evaluate the needs of the INDIVIDUAL, CRT teaches that white people are all privileged because they are white, period. It also teaches that “marginalized” people are incapable of helping themselves or carving their own paths without the help of the “privileged”. Both of those beliefs are untrue and incredibly hateful. CRT also teaches that white people can’t experience racism, and that any disagreement with any aspect of the theory is an admission of being racist, or not acknowledging how you benefit from racism, making any meaningful discourse impossible.

CRT definitions:
Privileged = “white”
Marginalized = non-white

Valerie J.
Valerie J.
30 days ago

Here’s my problem with it: My family is mixed race, and I know about, oh, 20 other mixed race families in my immediate circle. If white = oppressor and non-white = oppressed, where does that leave bi-racial children? How do they relate to their oppressor mom and oppressed dad? How does my oppressed (black) child relate to his oppressor (white) mother? How do Asian (I have no idea which category they fall in this month) children feel about their oppressor (white) parents? Hispanics? I’m really confused. From the conversations I’ve had with my son’s friends, so are they.

Is CRT really asking us to choose? Choose between a constructed concept of society and history, and the people that we love and cherish and depend on for life and the meaning of our very existence?
Because we will choose. And family wins every time.

Kris
Kris
27 days ago
Reply to  Valerie J.

These racist people pushing for CRT never take us mixed folk into account. They only think in black/white 😑.

Local History Teacher
Local History Teacher
1 month ago
Reply to  Wendi

Thank you Wendi! While there is room for legitimate academic debate over CRT, it’s not the “boogie man” the right wing media has twisted it to be.

Valerie J.
Valerie J.
30 days ago

Perhaps if they had been allowed in to have a ‘legitimate academic debate’ it wouldn’t have seemed like such a bogey man. But, instead, the parents were treated like the bogey man. When did parents become the enemy instead of the partner in the public schools?

Kris
Kris
27 days ago

Says another white person and the fact that you’re a local history teacher makes YOU the boogie man. Stay the hell away from my kids with your poisonous ideas.

DJ Kumquat
DJ Kumquat
26 days ago
Jane Adams
Jane Adams
1 month ago
Reply to  Wendi

You sound like a genius. 😆

BruceM
BruceM
27 days ago
Reply to  Wendi

@Wendi
Oh, right!! Let’s see…..those people of a different skin color cannot learn/develop without the insertion of white liberals, telling them that they are victims, they should be taken to the front of the line and deserve special dispensation due to their race. This, of course, will make things much better! Such oppressed souls will immediately become productive, hard working, proud and self-confident citizens when all those nasty white people learn their place!

Malcolm X in 1963 said it EXACTLY right: “The real criminal is the white liberal, the political hypocrite. And it is these legal crooks who pose as our friends, force us into a life of crime, and then use us to spread the white man’s evil vices in our community among our own people…..The white liberals are nothing but political hypocrites who use our people as political footballs only to get bills passed that will increase their own power.”

How prophetic is that!

by December 2019, many blacks were on their way out of the ghettos, due to new legislation that reduced prison for non-violent crimes, the creation of economic development zones, leading to the highest number of black-owned small business and record low black unemployment rate. And now people like you are working hard to reverse that.

Kris
Kris
27 days ago
Reply to  Wendi

Please whitesplain how you’re better than me? I’m pretty sure the only racist person on this thread is you. Wouldn’t doubt that your crappy ancestors owned slaves judging by how you believe you’re better than us brown folk.

DJ Kumquat
DJ Kumquat
26 days ago
Reply to  Wendi

Opposition to the teaching of CRT doesn’t mean support for white supremacy. Opposition to the teaching of CRT is not racist behavior.
🤡

Last edited 26 days ago by DJ Kumquat
Marie
5 days ago
Reply to  Wendi

It’s ironic to tell folks to educate themselves on something you’re obviously unfamiliar with. It literally has theory in the title yet you proclaim established fact? Are you clinical? Marx peddled critical theory. Were u aware of that fact? How is it good to fight racism with racism??? Ummm it isnt silly. Now shush.

John A Wing
4 days ago
Reply to  Wendi

Critical Race Theory goes directly against,
The first amendment ,
The Equal protection clause of the 14th amendment,
The civil rights act of 1964 title 6 whish bans discrimination on the basis of race,
And most Student handbooks!
CRT is in fact illegal!
We have two healthy happy adult children and one happy healthy 14 yr old that never stepped foot into a public school!
I was brought up in a Democrat family and taught to believe in America and embrace the freedoms that come with being fortunate enough to be born and raised here! Quite honestly, the Democrat party sickens me!
My hat is off to those of you fighting this ridiculous “THEORY” being taught as fact!
Don’t give up, the laws and common ethics are on your side!

Washougal Dad
Washougal Dad
1 month ago

I’m thrilled these ladies made a stand against an out of touch and elitist board whose members constantly feign concern for community input and parent feedback. WSD is filled with racist bigots from the top down. The entire board, the top administration, Principals. Templeton, Hansen, Gomez-Clark, Ibale the “Equity” consultant. All racists! Racists must be stopped by any means necessary!

Kris
Kris
27 days ago
Reply to  Washougal Dad

Amen Amen and AMEN! We need to boot these racists OUT poisoning our kids with racist propaganda!!

Nancy Brown
Nancy Brown
1 month ago

What is going on in our little town? I can’t believe what I am reading! Why are parents being banned from school board meetings? Why has everyone lost their ability to think for themselves. A room FULL of people wearing masks, except this one women, yet nobody felt “safe” to proceed with the meeting? My heart weeps for our country and our community. Shame on these administrators and faculty! Shame on the officers for violating the rights of these women!

Prior Panther
Prior Panther
1 month ago

You left out the part where you and your goons menaced the attendees and vandalized their cars.
I’m guessing by this is the first time you’ve been held accountable for your actions, hopefully this isn’t the last time.
I don’t want some unhinged, mouth-breathing lunatic like you near a school. Thank GOD you’ve been banned.

Dr. Jo
Dr. Jo
1 month ago
Reply to  Prior Panther

Prior Panther is a perfect example of a failed Washougal School District participant .🤦‍♀️

Prior Panther
Prior Panther
1 month ago
Reply to  Dr. Jo

Failed because I think acting like a degenerate jerk at a public forum, refusing to follow basic, posted guidelines that are in place to keep yourself and others safe, vandalizing someone else’s property and then creating a false narrative that absolves you of any accountability for your actions makes someone an unhinged lunatic? Sure.
You’re the reason they have “Do not ingest” on bottles of bleach “DoCtOr”.

Last edited 1 month ago by Prior Panther
A Grown up
A Grown up
1 month ago
Reply to  Prior Panther

Exactly!! I feel so very sorry for their children, how embarrassing to have your parent in the media for acting like a toddler having a tantrum, and knowing your own mother has been banned from stepping foot on district property. If this item was something they felt strongly about, they merely needed to mask up or join virtually – so obviously this was not about being heard.

Valerie J.
Valerie J.
30 days ago
Reply to  A Grown up

Some day, you may believe strongly enough about something to ‘go to the mats’ for someone you love. Or, maybe you don’t love anyone that much. I’ve made a fool of myself for my child plenty of times. And he knows I would do anything for him because he and his future is more important than my pride. I hope someday you love someone that deeply and believe in a cause that strongly.

Kris
Kris
27 days ago
Reply to  A Grown up

By grown up do you mean man child?

Kris
Kris
27 days ago
Reply to  Prior Panther

Except they wore masks you idiot. Go back to your dungeon and let the humans talk.

Just Some Guy
Just Some Guy
1 month ago

The quantity of idiocy here is shocking. CRT is not a new subject, in fact it has been implemented across schools across the nation for over 40 years now. Just because you finally paid attention to what is going on in school because fear mongering idiots are yelling about it, that doesn’t mean it is new. Also, it does not state that just white people are racist. It uses an anthropological theory (fairly well proven) that as humans we tend not to associate/trust/engage with others that do not look like us, no matter what our color is. CRT tries to break down barriers and encourages that we teach history as it was and not try to gloss over the bad parts, seeing as for a long time that was a theory in history, “if we don’t teach the bad parts it won’t teach our kids to do bad things”. Guess what?! It doesn’t work that way.

Also, it is really easy not to violate a mask mandate. If you really want to get your voice out there, truly and not just in a way of throwing a Karen style fit, play the game and play it well. You weren’t trying to change anything if you went in and started throwing a fit, you just wanted 5 min of attention. If you consider this making a stand I feel very sorry for you and the lack of understanding in regards to human interaction.

I personally know Patricia and I can honestly say I am appalled by this behavior. I believe her to be an intelligent and well rounded individual. To see her, someone I would consider compassionate and scientific, fall into opinions of the contrary, it saddens my heart. I hope she takes time to reconsider her actions and how she presented herself and try again with more dignity.

FYI the Camas Post Record covers this from other angles if you want more of the story.

A Grown up
A Grown up
1 month ago
Reply to  Just Some Guy

A voice of reason – I think these women should be absolutely ashamed of their behavior, I feel sorry for their kids.

Man in the mirror
Man in the mirror
1 month ago
Reply to  A Grown up

I am so glad someone said it, FINALLY! Yes! They should be ashamed of themselves. The only recourse left for them to save a little grace and dignity is for the board members and superintendents to resign. Their behavior was ghastly!

A Grown up
A Grown up
1 month ago

Nope, we voted them in, and they’re doing their jobs. I praise them for keeping the goals of the district in mind while having to deal with grown women acting like spoiled toddlers.

Valerie J.
Valerie J.
30 days ago
Reply to  A Grown up

Their JOB is to listen to their constituents. Obviously, they aren’t doing their jobs. They should be fired, immediately.

Valerie J.
Valerie J.
30 days ago
Reply to  A Grown up

I’ll bet their kids are as fed up as they are. Just like me and my kid are. We’ve both reached the end of our rope and if I made a scene at a school board meeting, he’d be waiting at the car with a slow clap. He, more than anyone needs to know that I am fighting for him. MORE PARENTS SHOULD BE FIGHTING FOR THEIR KIDS!

Valerie J.
Valerie J.
30 days ago
Reply to  Just Some Guy

There’s this thing that happened about four months ago, and actually, it’s been going on pretty strong now ever since; it’s this medical miracle called a VACCINE! YES! I know! They told us it would take maybe 5 years, but, here it is and every adult who wants one can have one and I can guarantee you that every single person on that school board has been vaccinated. And, maybe you haven’t watched the news in the past week or so, but Dr Fauci, and the CDC and even the President have all come out and said, if you’ve been vaccinated, you are really very safe from Covid! So, one person across a room not wearing a mask isn’t a health hazard. It’s just not a thing anymore. I know you’ve enjoyed the role of Karen for a good year, now, but it’s time to let it go. You can take off your mask, yes, even inside. Go ahead! You can do it! I know you can!

Kris
Kris
27 days ago
Reply to  Just Some Guy

😂🤣😂🤣😂 you idiot. No it hasn’t. We all went to school within the last 40 years.

And they were wearing masks. The people reporting that were lying. We saw the video.

Last edited 27 days ago by Kris
Esco
Esco
18 days ago
Reply to  Just Some Guy

The sanctimonious smarm of your comment is disgusting, and it’s exactly what’s wrong with CRT. Just as it holds one race as inferior to another, anyone who doesn’t agree with you is by default, “stupid”. You, your condescending attitude and those like you who support this crap are THE problem.

Perhaps people are now taking notice, not because of the “fear mongering idiots”, but because of what they saw go down of these last few years. We saw the party that supports feeding this poison to our children allow our cities to be burned, citizens of the “wrong” color be beaten and silenced, “Peaceful protestors” march down the streets of white neighborhoods, demeaning the residents to forfeit their property as reparations and violent criminals released from jail/prison, all with no consequence aside from smug f*@ks like you telling us that we’re just too “stupid” to get it.

We get it just fine.

Chris Cyborg
Chris Cyborg
1 month ago

If you believe in CRT my guess is you probably believe in a varying version of socialism as well. Those who believe in CRT are typically feeling guilty about some traumatic experience in their life which has nothing to do with equality or equity. I can tell you for certain that CRT will not be taught in any school my children attend. If you want to force racial politics down children’s throats perhaps move to another major liberal city that supports it….not here. Coming from a major city I can tell you that you don’t want these type of politics to take shape in our schools…nothing good comes of it. Race relations have been set back about 60 years.

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A Grown up
A Grown up
1 month ago

You DO have the right to attend these board meetings (or did before the vandalism). Put on a mask, or attend virtually. Grow up and act like a decent role model for your children. Funny the vandalism caused by these women is not mentioned here…

Valerie J.
Valerie J.
30 days ago
Reply to  A Grown up

Why is it that the President, the CDC, the Governor, all say that it’s OK for vaccinated people to be indoors without masks but these petty little tyrants think they have more authority?

Kris
Kris
27 days ago
Reply to  A Grown up

Obviously you’ve been deceived by the misinformation train. If you actually took the time to watch the video you’d see none of that was true in regards to the two women who got kicked out. They were both wearing masks and never vandalized a damn thing. Your opinion is as worthless as the article you read.

Annie Hamilton
Annie Hamilton
1 month ago

I remember a study that was published in the 70s that referenced the possibility that whites would be a minority in the near future – and guess what? Definitely happening. The civil rights movement focused on equality, not blacks as superior to whites, (or vice versa) what is happening now in media, on the streets of Portland and seemingly in our schools is beyond idiotic.
What people don’t seem to understand is that this incessant hyper focus on inclusiveness and apologetics is in itself extremely racist because it suggests that there is something to be ashamed of in ones skin color and that is ridiculous. We are all different. We are created in Gods image and are of equal value but we are all different from one another. And thank God for that! Who would want to look like everyone else?

Peter Walton
Peter Walton
1 month ago

They are required to provide an option to appeal the trespass order. See State v. Green, 157 Wn. App. 833, 239 P.3d 1130, 2010 Wash. App. LEXIS 2174.

Last edited 1 month ago by Peter Walton
Valerie J.
Valerie J.
30 days ago

I don’t understand where any public SERVANT ie; public school teacher, administrator, school board member, elected and/or paid by citizen/taxpayers would get the idea that they did not have to answer to their constituents (employers). Any parent, and for that matter, any taxpayer, has the right to participate in ANY school board meeting. If the school board members have not been educated enough to understand the rudimentary basics of infectious disease control and thus be confident enough that they themselves can wear masks, socially distance and (miracle of miracles!) get vaccinated and be completely, 100% protected from any and all possible dangers of Covid, then, I’m sorry to say, they should be removed from the school board immediately and replaced by more well-educated and better informed individuals, also those who understand their duties as public SERVANTS who will answer to their constituents. But, the part of this story that I find the most deeply disturbing is that the police officers chose to don the ‘brown shirts’ and not protect and serve their community members. They abandoned their oath and backed the entrenched bureaucrats and the oligarchy. They should have taken a battering ram and bashed that locked door in and provided an escort for those parents into that meeting! After this last year and a half, I don’t know how ANYONE from EITHER side of ANY social, political, religious, or racial perspective can ‘back the blue’. Law enforcement officers simply need to be held accountable by the people who PAY THEIR SALARIES and who they PROTECT and SERVE. Arresting parents at a school board meeting for wanting to speak on behalf of their children, arresting mothers for letting their children play at a playground, arresting pastors for feeding the homeless, arresting families for celebrating holidays together; is this what we pay them for? So, you’re not black; you don’t think police brutality effects you? You should see the statistics on how many unarmed white people have been shot and killed by police! Say their names! It’s a list too long for a poster, I am grieved to tell you.
Whether you are a supporter of CRT or not, whether you think masks should or should not be worn… by everyone… forever! or not; we MUST BE ABLE TO BE HEARD! All of us! And there is a fundamental document guaranteeing that right for every single one of us! And when our elected officials are locking us out (or locking us in, as the case may be), and our law enforcement officers, whose salaries we pay, are enforcing unconstitutional ‘laws’ to enable them, something needs to change.

Concerned Parental
Concerned Parental
30 days ago

Time to get rid of the board and administration. When the next bond comes up, vote it down. Hit em where it hurts. CRT is an absolute crock and no child of mine will be taught this nonsense. I will be pulling her out of WSD and they will not get my tax money. These are the administrators who hired the likes of Char Lartey, the biggest fake victim race baiter in all of Clark County. Also, how many of you parents know that the WSD is planning on hiring a diversity and equity administrator with a annual salary of 150k? Where are their priorities?? Seems like the WSD priorities are appeasing the woke agenda.

Jack Burton
Jack Burton
28 days ago

I love when people that vote against levies and bonds pretend its because they are taking a stand against something. You don’t support education, own it. It’s America you have that right.
Students of color are more likely to be stopped by police than their white counterparts. If they are stopped, they are more likely to be cited. If they are cited, they are more likely to be arrested. They are more likely to convicted, more likely to receive the death penalty, and more likely to be killed by police during an encounter. And yes, these all hold true for Washington State and Clark County. CRT provides a framework to explain why that may be the case.
My question is: how do these people that hate the idea of CRT, even though all they ever mention about it is that evil teachers will tell their white children they should hate themselves by portraying history accurately, propose to explain to these students of color why they get such poor outcomes in the criminal justice system compared to whites? I could ask the same question about education outcomes, healthcare outcomes, and housing outcomes to name a few.
Do some research on American history, there is some dark stuff in there along with all the positives. Admitting America is not, and never has been, perfect does not make you a socialist or unpatriotic.
I wonder how many of these people that are so vehemently against CRT because America treats all her citizens equally and fairly have a Gadsden flag flying from their house or lifted pickup imploring the government to “Don’t Tread on Me”?

Wow really?
Wow really?
29 days ago

So writing on school officials cars and the district office building is an appropriate way to attend a school board meeting? Everyone is still to wear masks on school property. This has been told to the public repeatedly and there are signs posted EVERYWHERE. How about voicing your opinions appropriately so they can be heard by everyone? Vandalism and rude language to attendees was unnecessary.

John Kowalski
John Kowalski
28 days ago

“We came to a scheduled public meeting to speak about Critical Race Theory and mask mandates for our children. ”

What is it about some people that their White Fragility can’t allow them to understand that slavery, genocide, abuse of immigrants and violence are an essential parts of American history?

And why is that these same fragile yahoos are anti-science?

Really, I can only commend the school board for keeping to business and not getting sidetracked by racist luddites.

Last edited 28 days ago by John Kowalski
Chris Cyborg
Chris Cyborg
28 days ago
Reply to  John Kowalski

How far back should we go 200 years …300 …maybe a thousand. When does the blame for ones own actions actually come into play or is everything the convenient fault of white people? Your ability to shift blame is impressive. Do you approach every minority and ask what you can do better? Not many are fooled by your fake intellectual supremacy and most people don’t respect nor like BLM. There are plenty of countries that would embrace your ideology…perhaps start with Cuba and go from there.

Jack Burton
Jack Burton
28 days ago
Reply to  Chris Cyborg

And many countries would welcome another citizen willing to embrace willful ignorance. The Philippines, Hungary, and Turkey come to mind. This country elected the President that rejected the “racism isn’t real” mantra so many seem to believe. Coincidently, the Washougal community elected the people on the school board as well. It would seem that it isn’t Mr. Kowalski that needs to find a new place to live. Acknowledging that racism is real, and there are elements of it in many of our institutions, does not mean you hate America or any of your fellow Americans. Growing up in Tri-Cities I was witness to people crashing school board meetings to demand creationism in the class, abstinence only sex education, and the banning of books with naughty words. Now its inappropriate to teach actual American history. The Tuskegee Experiments, Japanese Internment, and slavery were all just as real as the signing of the Declaration of Independence, our soldiers’ bravery in two World Wars, and the Civil Rights movement. Telling the truth is important… until recently most of us could agree on that. Accepting America warts and all is patriotic. Ignoring the parts we don’t like is cowardice.

Chris Cyborg
Chris Cyborg
27 days ago
Reply to  Jack Burton

I agree on accepting America with warts and all….just do not agree on drudging up the past and sensationalizing it for political gain. Let’s not forget statistics on crime committed in this country by a certain overwhelming segment of the population….they can easily be found on the FBI and DOJ websites. Those are facts you can’t deny or perhaps you can depending on your level of wokeness.

Jack Burton
Jack Burton
27 days ago
Reply to  Chris Cyborg

Why are you scared to say that you believe black Americans are more likely to be criminals than white Americans? I disagree with you, but at least say what you mean. Just as one example, whites and blacks use illegal drugs at approximately the same rate. However, blacks are much more likely to be in prison for drug possession. Why is that? It may be, as some would contend, that white people are more morale and don’t take drugs. Or perhaps, just maybe, there is something to this idea that there are inherent, institutional causes to help explain this disparity. Heck, just controlling for poverty levels explains some (though not all) of the disparities. But then we would have to discuss why “certain people” are more likely to live in poverty. Maybe these “certain people” are criminals AND too dumb or lazy to lift themselves out of poverty. Again, I would disagree but there are plenty of people that choose to believe that. Like it or not, our Constitution was written by people that considered black people property. To be fair, they also made a concession that black people count as 3/5 of a person. You may believe that had no impact on the way our government, education, and criminal justice systems work but I believe it does. And the FBI and DOJ do not track crimes committed, they track people charged, arrested, and/or convicted. Do you really believe that there are no disparities in who gets pulled over/stopped/questioned by police? If you’re interested in the research I can provide plenty that helps explain that it’s a lot more complicated than the “certain people” are criminals dog whistle.

Chris Cyborg
Chris Cyborg
27 days ago
Reply to  Jack Burton

Not afraid at all but just wanted to read you saying it. Not surprised in your ignoring of facts or conveniently twisting them to fit your narrative. I am not sure if you have ever lived in a major liberal cities before but I would bet to guess you have not. if you had then you ignored the obvious disparity between who commits crimes more often than others. How is it that other minorities come to this country and thrive pulling themselves up from their bootstraps to achieve the American dream but somehow certain black people make excuse after excuse as to how come it’s so hard. Maybe take a trip to an inner city and spend some time with the people who love you so very much. Perhaps if liberals would stop treating black people as though they were incapable of fending for themselves they could finally breakout of the stigma attached to them. Let’s not forget who formed and started the KKK …surprised me too …. The Democrats started the KKK as a rebellion to the Republican Party in 1865. Just to add …if one believes in what they preach they should put their money where your mouth is, donate 90% of whatever is in your bank account to BLM or just give it to a random black family you bump into. Don’t just talk the talk, walk the walk. Perhaps donate your home to a family in need… I am sure that is not asking too much is it? It sounds like someone gets their news from CNN, NPR and MSNBC or perhaps read one too many books by Howard Zinn. We are what we eat….you can use that as a set up in your rebuttal.

Jack Burton
Jack Burton
26 days ago
Reply to  Chris Cyborg

For not being scared to state your beliefs you certainly fail to state your beliefs. I have lived in major liberal cities. All major cities are liberal, so I’m not sure why you qualified it that way. I interacted with people that look, think, and believe differently than me. It informed my beliefs and I believe I am a better person for having lived there. I’m not sure why I’m supposed to give 90% of my income to BLM just because I believe racism is real. Do you expect people that believe in Christianity to give 90% of their income to the church? I’m supposed to give money to random black people because I believe racism is real? Perhaps you should walk your walk, instead of just talking your talk, and go explain to local black students that they are lazy criminals.
You are 100% correct that the KKK was formed by racist, Southern, Democratic whites. We should feel free to share that as it is part of American history. We should also share that during the Civil Rights movement of the 50s and 60s those same racist Southern whites couldn’t stomach blacks being considered equal. So they left the Democratic party in droves. Guess who they vote for now? I’m just advocating for telling an accurate history of America. You disagree and that’s fine…. Beauty of living in America.
I do read CNN, NPR, and MSNBC. I also read Fox News, OAN, and Newsmax. I feel like getting information from different viewpoints helps me form reasonable opinions and informs me about the beliefs of others. That’s why I pop in to Clark County Today…. I’m interested in how different members of my community think and feel. I also appreciate our discussion here. I learned about some of the beliefs of people in my community. Unfortunately, I don’t think much more can be accomplished here. I’m never going to convince you that racism exists and has an impact on many of our fellow Americans and you’re never going to convince me that black people are lazy criminals. So thank you for the insight and perhaps we’ll meet again under a different article at some point. Cheers.

Kris
Kris
27 days ago
Reply to  Jack Burton

I learned about slavery and the civil rights movement in school 30 years ago so I don’t know what school you went to. We know it’s bad and to never repeat history. Furthermore there isn’t enough time to cover every aspect of American history. You teach the basics and delve deeper in college or if you’re a true history buff you’ll read about it on your personal time. Which by the way, some kids don’t care about history as much as their teachers would like them to. You’re lucky if half of them are even paying attention to you. If you randomly ask young adults when the Declaration of Independence was signed you’ll find out that most don’t remember because they NEVER cared to begin with. That’s why you teach the basics.

Last edited 27 days ago by Kris
Jack Burton
Jack Burton
26 days ago
Reply to  Kris

I learned about those things 30 years ago as well. The problem was I was also taught that racism ended in the 60s. I believe racism still exists and impacts people in our community. I was given a whitewashed (pun intended) version of history that explained white people discovered a country that was already populated, the Civil War was about states’ rights, and our country was made great by white people exclusively. I now know those are all untrue. I’m not trying to advocate for wokeness 101, but I do think we have an obligation to be honest about American history. And for the record, it’s not only young adults that are ignorant of history.

Kris
Kris
27 days ago
Reply to  John Kowalski

So since I’m brown and think CRT is racist, how can I have “white fragility”? Your logic is stupid.

Jonathan K Friedrich
28 days ago

Three sides to every story. I was not there, were any of you?

Kris
Kris
27 days ago

Actually there is video which shows the school board lied.

Character witness
Character witness
27 days ago

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Nunya
Nunya
23 days ago

I am brown. Many other ethnicities, as well. I am proud to be Spanish, Native American, Italian, Jewish, Basque, and more…I find it more offensive these country ass white people are trying to pull the “race” card.
They know nothing about racial inequality. If they did, they would know these are two different scenerios completely.
One, when you are being treated differently because of the color of your skin, that’s completely not your fault.
If you purposefully walk into a debate or discussion siding witha decision that has not been made, and going against the policy in place already, your intentions were clearly to cause a problem. Therefore, you deserve penalties that apply to ALL that do not comply. In addition, it is very selfish for one to potray a victim role and are unable to be accoutable for your actions shows how ignorant, narcisstic, and unempathetic you are. That would make the perpetrator the racist. Everyone else is conforming to the rules, you walked in trying to start something, act as though you don’t know why you were asked to leave or not welcomed, and then vandalize o.p.p.?
What is not registering?
Take your unmasked country asses to the hills where you came from.

Michael O’Keeffe
Michael O’Keeffe
12 days ago

CRT is racism in it’s own accord. How is it white people are the ONLY ones who can B “racist”? CRT is racism against the Caucasian race, as much as white supremacy is racism against African Americans. How is one any worse or less abhorrent than the other? The only thing worse is the arrogant double standard applied here in the WSD by these elitist “prick-daters”. This is the kind of crap that invites anarchy. SHAME ON U WASHUGAL SCHOOL BOARD!!!

Wendi
Wendi
8 days ago

It doesn’t include CRT. They are bringing it up to distract from equity and anti-racism. A hit dog hollers.

Last edited 8 days ago by Wendi
Marie
5 days ago

The school board MUST be removed.

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