Dighton-Rehoboth school committee controversy [SOUTHCOAST VOICES]
THIS GUEST REVIEW BY: Jessica Machado is a freelance writer and former contributor to the Fall River Herald News. She is also a former WSAR radio host and political blogger.
Last weekend I met Katie Ferreira-Aubin, a member of the Dighton-Rehoboth school committee, who was criticized by the other committee members for a social media post on her personal TikTok account where she compared current vaccination warrants at events reminiscent of the government. actions during the Holocaust.
Her take on free speech, but also on a parent’s choice to vaccinate their children, is one that I and my fellow moms in my Somerset community share. I realize that these feelings are not shared by all, but my work for the Conservative candidates as well as Trump’s recent presidential campaign has shown me that many people in Bristol County share these passionate views, having the most concentrated Republican vote. in the state.
Five members of Aubin’s 10-seat committee recently released a statement saying they will not be partnering with Aubin in the future, a bizarre notion considering they are all on the same school committee. With no recall option in the town of Rehoboth, aside from a voluntary resignation – which Aubin has said she does not consider – Aubin will remain a member of the school committee where she is ready to work.
Residents and students are now faced with the idea that five members of their board could most likely not keep the best interests of taxpayers in mind as they navigate the work of a district encompassing two cities . In addition, these five MPs have essentially drawn a line in the hypothetical sand where they will no longer work with or for the taxpayers who elected Aubin. The April election garnered the highest votes of all candidates in Aubin, a resounding statement from the community that says they want a conservative voice to represent their families on this committee.
In a recurring pattern of canceling the culture of the left, these members, along with a relative who petitioned Aubin to step down, have essentially decided that when someone has a different point of view than theirs , it must be removed. As a concerned parent from an adjacent community, I want to encourage the five members of the Dighton-Rehoboth school committee who signed this divisive letter to rethink their position on working with Aubin and the voters who elected her. He will show real leadership on the part of these elected officials to navigate through difficult times of differences of opinion and foster a work environment that can benefit all members of both communities.
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