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School Attempts to Ban Parents from Visiting During Lunch

By Eowyn @DrEowyn

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Elementary School Seeks To Eliminate Parent Involvement, Cites Sandy Hook As  Reason

Inquisitr: precautions to keep their kids safe, even while at school. One mom even hired a body guard to protect her daughter’s school. But more parents, like Becky  Rutland, just want to visit their kids during their school day to stay involved  and make sure they are safe.

Unfortunately for parents like Rutland, the school her children attend is  attempting to ban parents from visiting the school during lunchtime. And parents  aren’t happy about it.

“Everyone is very frustrated, very angry,” parent Becky Rutland told Fox News. “I feel like it’s a violation of my  rights as a parent.” Rutland’s four children attend Clovercroft Elementary School in Franklin,  Tennessee. Like a number of other parents, she enjoys visiting her kids during  their lunch period.

“They’re gone from me every day for seven or eight hours,” she explained, noting that sporadic lunch time visits all  her “to see them, to touch base with them and to know who their friends are.” She enjoys being a part of their school day, and seeing that they are safe and  happy.

Under the proposed policy implemented by the school, parents would have to  apply and obtain vouchers to visit their children and would only be able to do  so two times in a nine week period.

Carol Birdsong, a spokesperson for Williamson County Schools, reported that  the principal came up with the idea in light of the school massacre in Newtown,  Connecticut. “Based on that, she thought it might be good to implement a voucher-type  system,” she said.

Please remember the primary purpose for this process is to ensure that we are able to account for all the adults in the cafeteria enjoying lunch with  their children,” Principal Laura LaChance wrote in an email to parents.

“To my understanding this is a plan that she’s putting into place to protect  our children,” Rutland said. “I’m angry about it.” Rutland believes that parents are not the problem but that the school is  usurping a parent’s role in protecting and looking after the well being of their  children.

“I firmly don’t believe that parents are the problem here,” she said. “And if  anything, taking parents out of the school is more dangerous than having a  parental presence in the school.”

Rutland is not the only parent who keeps tabs on their kid during the school  day and feels like the principal is “creating more loops” to “limit parental  involvement.” “We’ve asked all of our principals to halt any programs they were planning,” Birdsong noted. “This program won’t be implemented until the audit is  completed.”

Birdsong said armed deputies are already providing security in the district’s  middle and high schools, and they’ve asked for funding to put armed officers in  elementary schools and says that she understands parent frustrations.

“We have extraordinary parental involvement and we are very proud of that  involvement,” she said. “We always encourage parents in our schools. It’s one of  the reasons we are so successful.”

I don’t feel like a principal or anyone else should be able to tell me when  I can and can’t see my children,” Rutland counters. “I don’t feel like a school  administration knows what’s best for my children.”

Well, the school is just following the Communist Goals for America:

“Discredit the family as an institution and get control of the schools.”

If they already have armed deputies in some of the schools, what’s the problem with parents visiting? What’s next, a background check on parents?


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