Student PGCPS Board Member responds to allegations of suppressing student dissent

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PGCPS Student Board Member Faith Jackson responds to allegations of administrators suppressing student dissent at Northwestern High School—
Good Evening,

Student Board Member Faith JacksonThis is actually one of the first times I have been contacted regarding this matter. First off, as a board member, I know for a fact that I should neither respond to or comment on this issue, and that I will subsequently be disdained for doing so. However, I continue to remind myself that I was elected to the Board not by the Board, and that if I ignore the needs of students for whatever reason or because of whatever bureaucracy I have failed to fulfill the duties I was elected by my peers to complete. While I understand the authority and purpose of the school’s administration and its actions, I think the right to protest is essential to avoid tyranny. I, of course, have to hear both sides of the story, but think that sometimes extreme measures are necessary to prove a point and bring needed attention.  If there is any further discussion or appeal on this topic, I know that I face the risk of now having to recuse myself, but such is simply what comes with the territory. I plan to attend and hear from students at the upcoming student forum, and eagerly await any more contact. My duty is to serve and represent the students so if anyone has any further questions, comments, concerns, or suggestions I can be contacted at this email address, 240-472-3160, or via my twitter account, @KeeptheFaithJ. I thank you for contacting me, and hope to hear from students soon.

Educationally yours,

Faith Jackson
Student Member of the Prince George’s County Board of Education
“Keeping the Faith!”
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