Area District Holds Classes On MLK Day; Some Parents Pull Kids From School

By: Matt Howerton Email
By: Matt Howerton Email

LAMPASAS (January 21, 2012)- A local school district kept students in school for MLK day on Monday, causing some parents to pull their children out of class.

Lampasas ISD didn't recognize MLK day as a holiday this year, but as a school day. Many parents within the district, like Tammy Guthrie-Fagan, were outraged.

"I just felt disrespected," Guthrie-Fagan said.

"My children are bi-racial and this holiday is not just important to me, but to them."

Guthrie-Fagan kept her four boys at home Monday to observe the MLK holiday. But she wasn't the only parent who disagreed with Lampasas ISD's calendar.

News 10 found six other students who were kept home Monday by their parents because of the MLK holiday.

"I've traveled a lot and have never seen a school district that made kids go to school on MLK day," Lampasas ISD parent Michael Bradley said.

"I just didn't understand why."

Many school districts in the area were closed for MLK day. Waco ISD, Killeen ISD, and Temple ISD are just some News 10 checked with.

Even Copperas Cove ISD, a district that lost multiple school days because of bomb threats last year, gave their students the day off.

When News 10 asked why Lampasas ISD didn't recognize MLK day as a holiday this year, Superintendent Randall Hoyer sent us this statement:

"Our calendar is adopted by our school board with input from the staff and community."

Guthrie-Fagan didn't like his response.

"I think it's bogus that he's going to take my opinion into consideration before the next school calendar is approved. I don't believe him." Guthrie-Fagan said.

"I will be on top of this until something changes."

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