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The lawsuit, filed in Eaton County Circuit Court on Friday by Amber Redman, names the school district, the board and its seven members. Redman's lawsuit claims that people who attended a June 28 Board of Education meeting were asked to fill out a form if they intended to speak during the public comment portion. A photo of a public comment form from the July 12 board meeting is included with the lawsuit. It provided space for a person's name, address and the topic they wished to discuss.
It also asked people to indicate whether they wished to speak about items on the board's agenda. The board's policy states that "each person wishing to address the Board shall identify themselves by name and jurisdiction. But Redman's lawsuit states "the Form required information inconsistent with and in excess of that required under the Board's 'established' and 'recorded' policies. The lawsuit also claims the form is "inconsistent" with the Open Meetings Act.
A district employee told Redman "instructions to require the form" came from Board President Sara Clark Pierson, according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit also claims the employee told Redman "she believed the Board would deny individuals the opportunity to speak during the public comment segment if they did not fill out the Forms. The lawsuit comes after a series of Grand Ledge school board meetings during which people, some from outside the district, attended to express concerns about the potential implementation of critical race theory in schools.
That lawsuit involved 16 FOIA requests Metcalf made last year after he was placed on leave following comments he made on Facebook about the death of George Floyd. A judge ruled in April that most of Metcalf's claims regarding how or when the district responded to his requests failed to meet the necessary burden of proof.
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The district introduced the public comment forms on June 28 after people who attended a meeting "ran at the stage" and were "loud and disruptive" while waiting in line to speak to the board, Pierson said. The form was introduced to ensure members of the public would stay seated until they are called on to speak, she said. Pierson said there were people who left portions of the form blank. They were still allowed to speak, she said. Facebook Twitter . Lawsuit: Grand Ledge schools violated law by asking meeting attendees for personal info.
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