By: Ronda Snyder – This article contains commentary which reflects the author’s opinions
When one thinks of Maine, California or New York doesn’t typically come to mind. However, given some of the draconian measures by local school boards in Maine that align with various measures implemented in California and New York, one has to wonder if we should start referring to Maine as “Mecany” (the abbreviations for ME-CA-NY).
Parents standing up for their children are being labeled “extremists” for questioning school boards and school administrators at public meetings about their edicts for masks, quarantine rules (that make no sense to anyone who can think logically) and for asking questions about CRT (Critical Race Theory). The attempts to silence voices of parents is disheartening and wrong.
One such school board member is Jennie Moroney Butler from RSU 14 which serves the Windham Raymond School District.
In a since deleted post in the Windham & Raymond Parenting Community group on Facebook, Butler shared a post on how to silence the “extremist parents” who had concerns about CRT being taught in schools. The post described how some parents documented public comments for 3 months so they were “more than prepared when anti-CRT rhetoric” from “right wing extremists” came to school board meetings. The post goes on to say “This greatly angered the CRT crowd and they soon stopped speaking. Eventually they stopped showing up at all.” The post concludes “Fighting back against extremism can be scary but the results are more than worth it.”
Later, after apparently realizing it was very bad judgment on her part to post what she was really thinking about “right wing extremist parents,” Butler deleted the post.
Parents in RSU 14 are unhappy that their voices are being stifled and silenced.
Here’s a tip for school boards and school administrators, don’t make rules that make no sense and are based on fear rather than reason. Here’s an example, while this is not a photo of an RSU 14 student, it does show the type of mask that is used for RSU 14 band members according to a parent with whom we spoke.
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