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March 1, 2018

Superintendent addresses questions about walkouts

>>> Click above to watch Superintendent David Jeck’s video, posted March 1.
Fauquier Superintendent David Jeck said “students deserve a voice” in the discussion of school violence.

Thus, Dr. Jeck supports the planned walkouts for demonstrations March 14 and April 20 at Fauquier, Kettle Run and Liberty high schools.

The superintendent used his regular “Checking in with Dr. Jeck” video to address a parent’s question about the planned walkouts to explain his position.

He posted the video Thursday morning.
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citizen observer · March 7, 2018 at 11:57 am
Thank you for your input. You have confirmed my worries about our public education system. Have a great day and stay safe!
FairandBalanced · March 6, 2018 at 11:07 am
Its a symbolic gesture, a processing of a traumatic event and an effort in unity that may change the mind of one person who is opposed to better gun control and mental health care in this county and country. I'm done now. On to another topic....
citizen observer · March 6, 2018 at 10:58 am
This is not a large civil protest like the one planned in DC. It is students breaking the rules and walking out of school. Again, please tell me what you hope to accomplish that hasn't already been done.

FairandBalanced · March 6, 2018 at 10:49 am
Yes. A large civil protest is attended by people from all over the place and is a very effective and loud communication tool. Apparently, a school is less safe than a large protest. To wit: Parkland.
citizen observer · March 6, 2018 at 10:41 am
So you are telling me that allowing students to just walk out of the school is safer than having an event in the school auditorium?

You make absolutely no sense, and so sorry facts upset you. Please explain to me what you hope to accomplish with these walkouts, that hasn't already been accomplished.
FairandBalanced · March 5, 2018 at 9:44 pm
Ahem. To your point. Dr. Jeck sets the rules! That's his job. He is doing just fine.
FairandBalanced · March 5, 2018 at 9:23 pm
you just come across as a little wrong. a little out of wack. not quite bad. not quite reasonable. just a little nasty and opinionated. you keep mentioning a 'safe environment'. where is that today? i say it is christmas eve in a glowing house with lots of food and love and NO GUNS!
citizen observer · March 5, 2018 at 7:35 pm
Let me be clear. I said attending the protest on your own time is what you need to be doing (although the protest is on hold because the site they wanted was already booked). I never said peaceful protests are civil disobedience, they happen all the time in DC. Being able to peacefully protest is what seperates us from many nations.

On a Saturday most people are not in school, so they don't need to break school rules by skipping to attend.

As a taxpayer I feel Dr. Jeck should not be applauding students that break school rules. He should be working to implement a good, functioning student government association to handle these current and any future student concerns. Meeting with students in a safe environment is much better than a walk out.

FairandBalanced · March 5, 2018 at 5:58 pm
Let me be clear. A peaceful protest in the nation's capital in an attempt to get legislators to change laws you don't like or add laws you do like is not civil disobedience. Skipping class to attend said protest is not civil disobedience. At worst, it is making a choice in civility by expressing your opinion in the community. It is nothing but a good thing, especially if your parents drive you there.
FairandBalanced · March 5, 2018 at 3:58 pm
Na zdorovie!
citizen observer · March 5, 2018 at 3:39 pm
Haha, I've heard you know you got to a liberal when all they can do is call you names and provide no countering facts. Thank you for the confirmation.

For example please tell me how a functioning student government association, that gets all the student concerns raised up to their school board in a safe environment, is divisive. How is that more ineffective than just walking out of school?

What is walking out of school going to accomplish? Do you really think no one is aware of the problems? Have you seen the news? Have you talked with your elected officials to make sure action is taken? Are you participating in the upcoming march on a Saturday in DC to wake Congress up? That is how you bring notice to fix problems, not breaking rules by cutting class and walking out of school.

When the newspaper headline quotes a girl that is afraid to go outside during an unannounced fire drill but thinks walking out during publicized events is okay and functional; it's obvious kids are not being taught like they used to. My apologizes for calling it the liberal think tank.

Sounds like you have very little faith in school district authorities representing their students. Thus you must be subtly agreeing it's time for a change at the top here also. Thank you and have a great day!

FairandBalanced · March 5, 2018 at 1:47 pm
@citizen observer is a crummy russian bot. how do you 'contact several school districts' and talk with an authority that speaks for all in that school district? ...indoctrinat(ion) into the liberal think tank'? very divisive. very red. very closed minded. citizen.....comrade.
citizen observer · March 5, 2018 at 9:57 am
I've contacted several school districts and haven't found one that supports students walking out of school. In a letter to Prince William County parents, students and staff, Superintendent Steve Walts said students will face disciplinary action for leaving school “in keeping with the PWCS Code of Behavior.”

Another district told me that they are using their Student Government Association to hear concerns and responsibly pass them up the chain. Said they will most likely culminate with I think she called them assemblies, in the school auditoriums with school board members meeting with the students. What a novel idea! Teaching students how to properly address concerns without using civil disobedience.

Unfortunately the Fauquier school district has teachers publicly bashing the sheriff, and hosting Tim Kaine to cry about his loss while his staff was telling people to "take it to the streets" and one of his sons was arrested for throwing smoke bombs into a crowd in protest.

It's time for Fauquier to get a superintendent that knows how to be in authority when necessary; so the students can be educated to make good decisions, not just indoctrinated into the liberal think tank.
Silii · March 2, 2018 at 3:24 pm
I totally support the students and am glad Dr. Jeck does, too. Speaking out on major societal issues is important. I’m stunned at the negative comments, especially those that diss the kids. Apparently they never developed a social conscience and would rather stay removed and snarky.
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