On June 3, some 75 citizens sought to attend a school board meeting in Buncombe County in Asheville, North Carolina. They were concerned about several issues, ranging from coronavirus mask mandates and vaccines to Critical Race Theory being taught in schools.

While other counties in North Carolina allow parents and citizens to assemble inside their school board meetings (as prescribed by the Constitution), citizens in Buncombe are kept outside, only being allowed to enter the building one at a time for public comment and allowed to speak for three minutes.

Citizens are not allowed to participate or watch the meeting except through a livestream on YouTube which is cut off at points, with comments turned off.

Our elected officials have sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America and to the North Carolina state Constitution. By not allowing citizens into the public school board meeting, they have broken that oath of office.

Buncombe County, Asheville, NC by Warren LeMay is licensed under Public Domain Mark 1.0

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