School Board Member Henry Armwood wades into student dissent suppression

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PGCPS District 7 School Board Member Henry Armwood responds to allegations of administrators suppressing student dissent at Northwestern High School— This statement has been published unedited.
District 7 School Board Member Henry ArmwoodI completely support the actions of the Principal of Northwestern High School. The principal is responsible for the safety of all students and staff. He must maintain an environment conducive to learning. If he had not intervened to stop the protest by up to 300 students, and a student had been injured or arrested, I would demand he be held accountable.
The right to have grievances addressed is important. However you have a responsibility to address them properly and exhaust legal avenues of redress before resorting to disruptive and dangerous actions. These students did not go to the student government, the principal, Superintendent or the Board of Education to have their grievances addressed. The action proposed would have disrupted the education of more than 2400 students and broken the law requiring students to be in school during school hours. That is the law. Martin Luther King excercised his right to protest. However he also used legal means to protest and if neccesary, then disobey an unjust law. He also made it clear that you must also accept the consequences of your actions.
Henry P. Armwood Jr.
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