STRONGSVILLE, Ohio-- There was cheering, clapping, booing, screaming and even some crying at the Strongsville Board Of Education meeting Thursday evening, as students and parents packed the auditorium for a chance to speak out on the seven-week long teachers’ strike.
But parents in support of the striking teachers accused board members of intentionally silencing them, as speaker after speaker, for the first half of the 60-minute public comment section, had nothing but praise for the administrators and criticism for the striking teachers.
"I think the board has done a good job," one speaker opened with.
"I would like to commend the board of education and all those involved with the ongoing negotiations for the dedication and commitment to the ongoing education of our children," parent Gayle Jackman said as she addressed the board at the microphone.
"Also you handle yourselves with the highest amount of professionalism," said one parent who was called up to speak.
There was a clear divide in the crowd, with about half of the parents in the auditorium appearing to support the board, and the other half siding with the striking teachers.
"This is ridiculous. They are not letting any of us support the teachers," said parent Nancy Kennel outside the auditorium.
"This is complete garbage. I am appalled at the board and that the president of the board is hand-picking every question and everything is pro-board," said parent Joe Bluemel.
Substitute teachers have been teaching the kids since the strike began. As of now, there is no contract agreement in sight.
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