|I am a firm believer in the democratic system. I am a
firm believer that everyone should vote. I am also a firm believer that
if you don't vote, you forfeit your right to complain about anything
political. Voting is a privileged right but sometimes there are lines
that can't be crossed.
The Loudon County school system has a vast tax payer funded computer communication system connecting schools, administrators, teachers, parents and students which allows for quick communication among all the participants. This is a good thing. But it is a bad thing when the system is abused.
At least two times during the current political contests, the system has been used to support Loudon County mayor candidate, Matt Brookshire in his campaign. Of course Brookshire is a Loudon County teacher and as such has access to the system.
The most recent violation of the system from last week
was a teacher who used the email system to solicit supporters for an ad
for Brookshire. The email was sent to the faculty of Philadelphia
An earlier email sent to all the faculty of Loudon High School:
These are the only two emails that have been brought to my attention. Hopefully there aren't any more. The LHS email was sent during school hours. The use of the school's email system for such partisan political support of a candidate is clearly a violation of board policy. Policy 1.805 in part states:
2. Messages shall pertain to legitimate board/district business; e-mail shall not be used to circumvent requirements of the Open Meetings Act.2
5. Messages shall not be sent that contain material that may be defined by a reasonable person as obscene or that are racist, sexist or promote illegal or unethical activity. Any usage contrary to the above shall be reported immediately to the technology director and may result in the suspension and/or revocation of system access or if deemed necessary, appropriate disciplinary action may be taken.
Director Of Schools, Wayne Honeycutt has been made aware of the misuse and has responded to the situation.