A Pennsbury, Pennsylvania taxpayer who is also a former Pennsbury school board member, blasted district board members for editing out public comments made a past meeting that were in opposition to Critical Race Theory.
The man pushing back on the Pennsbury school board is Simon Campbell. He and other citizens have been pushing back on Critical Race Theory and have called for the firing of Pennsbury’s Director of Equity & Diversity Cherrissa Gibson.
“What is happening in the Pennsbury School District is disturbing,” writes Campbell in the description of the full video of his remarks to the school board.
Campbell wrote that as of June 18, 2021, the school board has posted video of its March 18, 2021, and May 20, 2021, school board meetings on its website, but that the tapes state that they have been “edited due to content” and cites the website and the minute markers.
“What has been cut from the posted tapes is public comment by citizens opposed to critical race theory,” writes Campell.
In his remarks below, Campbell then holds a clinic in Constitutional law over a new attempt by the board to limit public comment.
After relating a past story where a union member during public comment called Campbell a “bastard child of Margaret Thatcher” and how he had kept that tape from being edited, he then lit into the board over their violations of the Constitution.
“Now, you snowflakes apparently have a bigger problem with public comment. It seems to me that you think you can supersede the United States Constitution,” Campbell said to enormous applause and cheers from those in attendance.
“Well, I’ve got news for you school board member Benito Mussolini,” said Campbell. “Your power does not supersede that of the U.S. Constitution and the First Amendment rights of the citizens of this great nation.”
Watch the full clip:
Here’s the full description that accompanies the video clip:
Simon Campbell. Pennsbury School District. Bucks County. Pennsylvania. Dr. Cherrissa Gibson, Pennsbury’s Director of Equity, Diversity & Education. School Board meeting July 17, 2021. [Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org]. The Pennsbury School District is in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. It is governed by nine (9) elected public officials (all Democrats). Please read the links below. A recording of the full meeting is available here if you would like to see all the public comments: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UgSM…
What is happening in the Pennsbury School District is disturbing. As of June 18, 2021 Pennsbury has posted video of its March 18, 2021 and May 20, 2021 school board meetings on its website and these tapes say “edited due to content” in places. See http://video.pennsburysd.org/ (May 20th meeting at 35m10s & 1hr40m00s).
What has been cut from the posted tapes is public comment by citizens opposed to critical race theory. The video here was recorded by the Pennsbury School District using taxpayer funds. The meeting was live-streamed by Pennsbury as it happened. After the meeting ended, late into the evening on June 17, 2021, the video was published by Pennsbury on Pennsbury’s YouTube channel under the status “public” at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTj1H….
I downloaded the entirety of the meeting from this Pennsbury posted weblink in the early hours of June 18, 2021. I did so, thinking that the school district (based on its prior censorship acts) might take the video down or edit it in some way. Once downloaded, I uploaded it to my own channel here. If the Pennsbury posted version at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTj1H… today says “private”, or the link does not work, it is only because Pennsbury removed the video from public view after initially posting it publicly. If you oppose the censorship of Pennsbury’s public meetings please contact the elected public officials on the Pennsbury school board at https://www.pennsburysd.org/SchoolBoa….
Pennsbury’s Director of Equity, Diversity & Education, Dr. Cherrissa Gibson, in an email dated March 20, 2021 at 2:20pm to Superintendent Gretzula and School Board President Toy-Dragoni, released under the Right-to-Know-Law, is seen promoting a government agenda of censoring public comment with which she disagrees. Read for yourself the censorship agenda of Dr. Gibson: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1vwVm0fYjfmLokGMTzmKSUqr3Z2ZK31hR/view
Read the Pennsbury School Board President, Christine Toy-Dragoni, gleefully tell the public she will go along with the censorship agenda of Dr. Gibson: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1vwVm0fYjfmLokGMTzmKSUqr3Z2ZK31hR/view
The school solicitor who tried to shout down my public comment is solicitor Michael Clarke of the law firm Rudolph Clarke LLC: https://rudolphclarke.com/meet-our-at…
A summary of the constitutional case law that I cited in my comments (1964’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in New York Times v. Sullivan) can be read here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Yor…
The United States, as Justice Brennan noted, is founded on the “profound national commitment to the principle that debate on public issues should be uninhibited, robust, and wide-open, and that it may well include vehement, caustic, and sometimes unpleasantly sharp attacks on government and public officials.”
The Pennsbury School Board is not allowed to enact a public comment policy that supersedes a higher law and there is no higher law than the United States Constitution. These government officials at Pennsbury, with their critical race theory agenda, mistakenly believe that all power in inherent in the Government. They are wrong as a matter of law. In the United States of America all power in inherent in the People.
My right to petition the Pennsbury School Board to terminate the employment of Dr. Gibson is a constitutionally protected Noerr-Pennington petitioning right under the First Amendment. See e.g. NAACP v. Claiborne Hardware Co., 458 U.S. 886, 914, 102 S.Ct. 3409, 73 L.Ed.2d 1215 (1982). https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Wq4cYx5uRDwRhBPBP8xHjuTTzym_JmzC/viewhttps://scholar.google.com/scholar_ca…
In Harrisburg, PA State Representative Russ Diamond, has introduced House Bill 1532 that would make it illegal to teach public school students much of what constitutes Critical Race Theory.
Read Rep. Diamond’s sponsorship memorandum here: https://www.legis.state.pa.us//cfdocs….
Please contact your state lawmakers to ask them to support the passage of House Bill 1352: https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/…
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