We would like to inform the public about the recent behavior of one of the Village Trustees at the December 20th District 21 Board Meeting, as many residents who do not follow the school board meetings are not aware of this.
After being announced as a Village Trustee, most individuals in the room thought he was speaking on behalf of the Village. Trustee Terson began discussing his views on the expectations that children are provided an environment with safe playground equipment, adult supervision in and outside and without bullying. These are all good topics, and not where our concern is.
Our concern is that he then began to make statements that he does not hold the district accountable for what recently happened in Connecticut. He then encouraged parents and the board to not let fear guide their decisions, insinuating that the school board was about to make irrational decisions on the safety of our children based on the recent tragedy. The culmination of his behavior was in a statement where he said something along the lines that our children have a better chance of being harmed at home by their parents, than at school. He said this with children and parents present.
His behavior is not what we expect of our elected officials. It is unacceptable, for Trustee Terson to make these statements at a school board meeting attempting to influence the decisions that could affect our Children’s safety. He was speaking after it being announced that he was a Trustee, speaking on the Village’s behalf. Using an elected office to push personal agendas is the exact same reason why we as a Village recalled Lisa Stone, and we are sure what Trustee Terson did is against the rules.
In the meeting Trustee Terson had the ability to correct the fact that he was announced as a Trustee, and chose not to. Therefore, it is our belief that he was attempting to use his position as a Trustee to influence the decisions of the D21 Board.
Concerned Parents of District 21