In my daughter's mind, I'm a mom in an SUV in suburban Derry, New Hampshire, but to some residents, I am the chair of the local school board - and that board recently voted 6-1 to follow the state recommendation, and that of our superintendent, to require masks in schools. Audience members interrupted board members, and then me, while we expressed our opinions about masks. You could replace my name and the town of Derry with school board members and towns across my state and across the country at meetings about COVID rules. Angry parents have given Nazi salutes during school board meetings.
How does civility cross the line so far that school board members are worried about their personal safety? And what will this mean for future school boards?
Board members are community members, and often parents, who step up because they care deeply.
It is my sincerest hope that as school reopens, parents stop to remember the lessons we teach our children: Be kind, be polite, listen to each other, and respect each other's opinions.
Erika Cohen is in her sixth year on the Derry School Board and currently serves as chair.
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