>Here is a transcript of one of the speeches before the School Board on Tuesday night. It was received with tremendous applause, quite deservedly so:
“My name is Katie Neville; I’ve lived in Mr. Marshall’s School Board district for 23 years, on ____ St. in the same house; three of my children graduated from high school in Loudoun County. My husband – I only have one, I’ve still got him – have (inaudible due to laughter) children and five grandchildren. I’m also a cradle Episcopalian. That’s a term that will make sense to Dr. Hatrick, meaning I’ve been one for about sixty years. I’m also a fourth-generation teacher, and I would like to share with you a story about my mother, who stood on the Courthouse steps in 1958 in Warren County, and said it’s wrong to close the schools rather than enroll Black students. That’s where I learned to stand up for what I think is right.
“And what I think, is that when we remove this book from any of our libraries, we send the wrong message. We send the message that some families are less acceptable than other families. And as a public school ““ I’ve worked for the public schools for thirty-six years. I’ve worked with every kind of family. And I think, that if a parent has a concern about a book, there’s a very easy way to solve it: ‘Dear Librarian, this book is not suitable for my child. Please let him check out another one.’ I don’t think it’s right to remove this book, I think it sends the wrong message. And I think as a public school system, we need to stand up, to teach tolerance and respect for every student, every staff member, and every family that’s part of our system.
“That’s the message in this book,” (holding up Tango) “and that’s the message in this book” (holding up the Bible).