Memphis Campus School Director Asks Teachers Not To Show Inauguration

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - People across the Mid-South watched the 45th Presidential Inauguration, but one Shelby County School Principal asked teachers to not show it. Memphis Campus School Director Dr. Susan Copeland sent an email to teachers respectfully asking them to not show the presidential inauguration.

Local 24 spoke to parents and grandparents of students, and they had mixed reactions.

All across the nation, eyes were glued to televisions to watch the inauguration of President Donald Trump. However, students and teachers at Campus School at the University of Memphis campus did not watch. 

“Surprising for sure, umm, but if that's something, I don't know if it's a Shelby County School policy or something like that,” says grandparent Nancy Matthews. “I can't see that this will come directly from campus schools.”

"But we certainly watched it, but I can kind of see, especially later on when they were showing the unrest and civil unrest and stuff like that,” says Matthews.

In the email, Dr. Copeland was open to staff views about this. Some parents were not aware the email was sent. 

"I think any big news event should be acknowledged in the school and I don't think we should necessarily shield our students from anything,” says parent Corina Washington. “I think it's important they discuss current news in the school.” 

Shelby County Schools said it was not aware of the email, but said principals have control of what teaching tools are used in their buildings. The district says several schools chose to view it. 

"I'm a believer for more knowledge is better. Even though you may not believe who became president I still think it's a current event.”

Local 24 reached out to the school and we are still waiting for a response. 


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