Parents upset over the President's planned speech for students

Reported by Casey Roman - email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Parents across the country are at odds with President Barack Obama over Tuesday's speech to students.

The President is set to deliver an 18-minute online speech called, "My Future, My Education," to students nationwide.

HIs office says the speech is about staying in school, but many people have turned it into a political debate, saying he'll try to push his healthcare agenda.

White House officials and many school leaders say the uproar over the speech is silly.

Parents in New Hanover, Columbus, Bladen, and Pender Counties can sign a notice to have their children not watch the speech.

Students in Brunswick County must request to watch the video if they want to see it, but the Brunswick County NAACP takes issue with that decision.  Students with permission slips can hear the speech later in the week.

The NAACP held a press conference Monday afternoon regarding the school system's decision to not show the speech when it airs.

They say missing the President's message teaches a lesson that should not be taught in schools.

"It goes from disrespect to the office of the President of the United States of America, disrespect to our teachers, direspect to parents who could talk to their children about their own political beliefs," said Brunswick County substitute teacher Jenna Fontaine.

According to a member of the Brunswick Co. Board of Education, their decision is based on parent concern, not over race.

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