Truckee police respond to school district recall dispute
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Truckee Police responded Wednesday evening to the Truckee River Regional Park after a person related to the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District recall effort said he had been harassed.
Members of both camps and#8212; the pro-recall group, which was at the park to collect signatures on the petition to remove three board members, and the anti-recall group, there to advocate for the other side and#8212; made a mutual complaint, said Chief of Police Nick Sensley.
The report originally came in from the recall side, when recall supporter Stan Scott called police around 6:30 p.m.
and#8220;It only became mutual when the police came,and#8221; Scott said, saying an opponent to the recall physically tried to interfere with the petition-signing process.
Sensley said his officers arrived to mediate the dispute and find a resolution. No arrests were made.
The recall effort began earlier this year after some school district residents expressed displeasure over the decision of three school board members to reconfigure the school district.
The recall petition asks residents to sign for the removal of Kristy Olk, Bev Ducey and Bill Kraus from office. The three voted for the reconfiguration April 22, which changes Kings Beach Elementary into a K-3 Spanish Immersion-only school, Tahoe Lake Elementary into a K-3 English-only school and North Tahoe Middle School into a 4-8 campus.
When using a public place to advocate for or against a cause, you are excercizing your constitutionally-protected rights.
Capt. Jeff Granum of the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said those practicing their First Amendment rights in a public place are allowed to do so as long as they follow some guidelines.
They may not physically obstruct people from freely moving and they may not put their hands on others.
They may not challenge someone to a physical confrontation.
Members of the public are allowed to say what they want as long as they don’t threaten or use extreme, abusive language, in which case they could be cited for disturbing the peace at law enforcement’s discretion.
We wonder, as the community’s newspaper, whether or not this type of dialog is healthy for the district and for the students? Where should lines of free speech be drawn? Visit http://www.sierrasun.com/answercenter to read Executive Editor Ryan Slabaugh’s post, and weigh in on the discussion.
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