Fort Mill Times

Fort Mill gives parents choice on Obama talk

Parents of children in the Fort Mill School District can “opt-out” of allowing their child to view President Barak Obama’s scheduled address to America’s students at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

In a voice message sent to parents in the district, Public Information Director Bob Ormseth said that all staff, teachers and students who want to view the address will have the opportunity, but watching the address is optional.

“No child will be required to participate and parents can send a note to the school requesting to opt out their child,” Ormseth said.

The district was among others in the area to hear from parents in recent days who complained that the planned address is propaganda aimed at getting support for the Administrations agenda.

A transcript of the message will be made public on Monday, Sept. 7, according to Ormseth. The district will provide a link to the transcript from the district website.

The message, according to the White House Web site, will welcome the children back to school and “urge students to take personal responsibility for their own education, to set goals, and to not only stay in school but make the most of it.”