‘There is No Legal Right of Citizens to Make Comments During a School Board Meeting’ – Tenn. School Leader

The following is a rush transcript of Todd’s remarks regarding the Germantown School Board in Tennessee. Click here to sign up for Todd’s free newsletter – and avoid Big Tech censorship!

TODD: So there was an interesting situation at a school board meeting last night in Germantown, Tennessee, which is a suburb of Memphis. Now all these parents are up in arms, and they have been inspired by the good people of Virginia to stand up to their school board. So the school board — and Germantown, Tennessee, is a very conservative suburb of Memphis, so we’re not talking about liberals here. All right. But these are the people. The voice you’re going to hear is a woman who is on the school board telling parents that they really don’t have any right to address the school board. Take a listen.

SCHOOL BOARD: [01:06:30] GM’s stay by its policy allows persons to address the board during citizens to be heard section of its agenda, but only within certain guidelines. Tennessee law makes no specific provisions for this participation of the public at school board meetings. Thus, there is no inherent. Or legal right of citizens to make comments doing during a school board meeting.

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TODD: [01:06:56] We’re going to play this again, but I want you to understand something with this. This one statement sums up the problem with every single public school in America. This idea that you, mom and dad have no right. How dare you criticize? How dare you question anything your local school board does? Now our morning show on KWAM – that’s our flagship radio station. Tim Van Horn is the Morning Show host, and he has done a phenomenal job leading the charge here and giving all of these parents a platform, a voice because they had been silenced by their school board and they they’ve been calling into the radio station, which again, is why radio is so vitally important in your community because you have a voice and moms and dads have been calling the Morning Show. And it’s really interesting because someone at the school board meeting, they broadcast the meetings on YouTube. They showed a screenshot and one of the school board members was actually on the KWAM radio website and they took a screenshot. So clearly, the school board is listening to what’s happening in the community. But I want again, I want you to listen. This is a school board member. Germantown, Tennessee. And they’re saying, you’ve got no rights, mom and dad.

SCHOOL BOARD: [01:08:18] GMSC by its policy, allows persons to address the board during citizens to be heard section of its agenda, but only within certain guidelines. Tennessee law makes no specific provisions for this participation of the public at school board meetings. Thus, there is no inherent or legal right of citizens to make comments doing during a school board meeting.

TODD: [01:08:43] Now I don’t know this lady. I don’t know if she’s Republican, Democrat. I don’t I don’t even know if I may go to church with this lady. I have no idea. But I want to explain something to the school board member who was woefully ignorant. The fact of the matter is there is an inherent right to address the school board. And I don’t care if you’re in Germantown, Tennessee, or if you’re in Portland, Maine or Gainesville, Georgia, you do have an inherent right to address your school board and that right is found and the United States Constitution. And if you can’t understand that you have no business being on a school board and all I can say and the one thing that troubled me at that school board meeting, and again, I don’t know anybody on the school board in Germantown, Tennessee, but not a single person raised their hand to object to what that woman said. Therefore, everybody’s guilty. Seems to me like everybody on that school board ought to be given the heave ho. Nobody had the courage to stand up and tell the school board lady, Hey, you’re out of line.