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County school board protested for not allowing Obama speech

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By BEN DUDLEYThe Wilson Post

About 30 people showed up Tuesday morning who were protesting at the Wilson County Board of Education Central Office regarding the board’s decision not to allow teachers to show President Barack Obama’s speech to students.

Mike Davis, director of schools, said that the decision had nothing to do with politics or a vendetta against the President.

“We didn’t want to disrupt the school day,” Davis said. “We have put a link to the video on our website so that students and parents can watch the video anytime and as many times as they want.”

Davis said that there were a lot of opinions about why the board did not show the president’s speech. When asked to comment on the protest, he said, “I’m just glad we live in a country that allows people to express themselves.”

Lebanon Special School District allowed teachers to show the speech, but also allowed parents to opt out and not let their children see it. A letter was sent home to parents whose child was in a class that would show the speech, telling them what was happening and that if they did not want their child to see it to send a note on Tuesday.

“We thought this was more of a principal and teacher decision,” said Dr. Sharon Roberts, director of schools for LSSD. “We didn’t make a hard stance that they had to watch it or that they couldn’t. We gave parents the option to have their children do something else during the video if they didn’t want them to watch it.”

Terry Heady, chairman of the Wilson County Democratic Party, headed up the protest. He was unavailable for comment later Tuesday afternoon.

Staff Writer Ben Dudley may be contacted at

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