CARMEL, Ind. – As of October 4, the Carmel Clay School Board will be holding its meetings virtually until further notice.
In a declaration Released by CCS on Thursday afternoon, it was stated that the reason for the change was “disruptive behavior by adults at this week’s regular meeting” and continued harassment from an outside group targeting teachers and school members. school council.
â€œSchool council meetings have become a lightning rod for controversy because they are public. Some believe the loudest people in the room or those with the most media attention will â€œwinâ€ an argument in today’s busy climate, â€the board wrote. â€œWe will no longer allow our board meetings to be a means of dividing our community. “
The disturbances among adults included things like booing, name calling, accusing the council of “silencing” parents despite four separate opportunities to talk, heckle, utter threats and pretend their behavior is protected by law because the advice “works for them”.
â€œWe don’t know of any workplace that would tolerate this form of abuse from a boss or supervisor,â€ CCS wrote. â€œAnd above all, we refuse to let them target our teachers and staff. “
CCS cited various attacks of targeted harassment and threats against their teachers and staff in this outside group to include the public posting of names, addresses, classrooms and other private information that poses a threat to them and for students. Recently, it was said that this outside group had targeted their mental health coordinator.
â€œUsually, we didn’t engage or comment on outside groups, but felt that our parents and our community needed to know about the inappropriate activities that we were going through,â€ CCS wrote. â€œThe members of the board of directors had their personal addresses displayed in acts of intimidation. Teachers have received letters and emails containing threats of violence and unwarranted references to family members. School librarians and media specialists have been regularly attacked with accusations. We need to get back to civility and question those who find these tactics appropriate. “
When the ad was posted on their Facebook, the news elicited overwhelmingly favorable reactions.
“THANK YOU Carmel Clay Schools !!!” user Amal Anthony commented on the post. â€œIt is high time to take a public stand against these bullies, and the dedicated and involved parents who are truly here in the schools are supporting you !! We have, and continue to be, a high performing school district with great students and involved parents, and these outside influences will not change who and what Carmel is – a diverse and welcoming community for all! Thank you thank you thank you for speaking !!!! â€
â€œThere is a ‘silent’ (and more respectful) majority supporting you, CCS board and administration! Thanks for everything you do! â€Commented another user, Tiffany Rydz.
Dozens of other comments echo this joy, whether it’s gratitude, relief, or just happy GIFs posted in reaction. The post had over 400 likes and nearly 100 shares after an hour of posting.
CCS said it will continuously reassess the need for live streaming and notify the community of any changes.
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