By: Diane Benjamin
I attended the District 87 School Board meeting last night. Evidently not many people speak at Public Comment because they have NO Public Comment rules. Public Comment is at the end of the meeting and anyone who wants to speak can with no time limits. (Refreshing!)
Two students spoke in support of Marc Tiritilli, one accused administration of high-jacking their walkout on March 14th. She was upset they were only allowed to walkout to the hallway.
I’m betting these kids believe that more gun control will keep them safe. I’m betting they have no idea why the 2nd Amendment exists. I’m betting they have no idea what an assault weapon is, they just parrot talking points. I’m betting the purpose of failing to teach real American history is so any entire generation will grow up and vote to ban all guns. Truth does not exist in public schools.
I spoke too. I began by reading a long list of excerpts from emails written by students about Mark Tiritilli. Think back to when you were in high school. How many teachers do you remember who were passionate about students and able to teach really tough subjects. Would you have attended a School Board meeting in support of any teacher? This is the second meeting where dozens of students did.
The District 87 School Board was elected to represent you. They don’t represent you any more than members of the City Councils do. They are members of a club where making waves isn’t tolerated. Nobody on the District 87 School Board stood up for the students who deserve a teacher like Marc. They deserve lots of Marcs, but teachers like him are difficult to find. Last night they voted to hire Marc’s replacement instead of keeping a phenomenal teacher.
After reading the emails I spoke about the gun control flyer and the lies surrounding it:
- I was told a student brought the flyer in – lie one.
- I was told the district didn’t have a copy – lie 2.
- I read the email from Principal Tim Moore stating a student should pass it out so it doesn’t look like the school is.
I told the Board they fired the wrong person.
Superintendent Barry Reilly admitted to the media that it was wrong and it won’t happen again. I found out by accident when I FOIA’d emails about Marc. What else are they doing we don’t know about? The Illinois Constitution doesn’t have a dollar limit for prosecuting use of public property for a non public use. The School Board is failing in their fiduciary duty to hold Tim Moore accountable. Moore is part of the “club” who never face consequences. Marc Tiritilli wasn’t in that club, that’s why he was fired.
Putting government in charge of educating students was a grave mistake. It is why you need to get your kids out of public schools.
If you have a daughter at Stevenson, did you know they have a program to teach leadership skills to BOYS? Nobody else seem to notice the reference on the video played during the meeting about Stevenson School.
This story was covered by both WJBC and the Pantagraph:
By the way, there is no such thing as an “assault weapon”. All guns can kill.