The Williamson County School Board announced on Friday it will limit the number of speakers allowed to address the members and require proof of residence in order to speak.
Additionally, potential speakers must email the school board in advance to secure a position, detailing first/last name, complete address, topic of comment, organization represented, and a copy of a Tennessee state ID.
In total, only 30 individuals will be allowed to make remarks during the 30-minute public comment portion of the meeting.
“This new process will give working families unable to camp out before a school board meeting the chance to also participate and make their voices heard,” claimed Williamson County School Board Member Eric Welch.
This new process will give working families unable to camp out before a school board meeting the chance to also participate and make their voices heard.
— Eric Welch (@EricWelchWCS) October 8, 2021
The decision from the school board follows multiple contentious meetings, where parents expressed concern over the county imposing a mask mandate.
Earlier this year, hundreds of parents and students attended a meeting and voiced their displeasure over the mandate.
“We teach our kids that facts matter. That is why they go to school. The facts are these. Masks don’t work. There isn’t a single scientific data that has ever proven that masks work. Also, let’s talk about risk analysis. I feel bad for all of these people walking around in masks and engaging in cosmetic theater thinking that they are making a difference against COVID. They aren’t,” Clay Travis, of Outkick the Coverage and also The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show, said.
Following the meeting, President Joe Biden demonized the citizens for voicing their concerns.
In his remarks, Biden claimed that the parents and students who were against the additional measures were making the issue a “political dispute.”
Attorney General Merrick Garland announced on Monday that the Department of Justice and the FBI are launching an effort to address the alleged increase in “threats” made against school officials.
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