Sam Allen explained:
“We were scared. We were intimidated because we had heard about all these consultants coming down, and all these studies being done. So we just thought that we would just sit back and watch and this thing would eventually go away like a bad dream. But folks I want you to know it’s not going away like a bad dream. It’s becoming a nightmare.Guess they’re not scared any more.
Now we stand before you with one purpose in mind: do not sign any petitions. … If it comes to a vote, we want you to vote no.”
“If I could be told it would benefit our children. … But everybody who is on the opposite side can not guarantee you that we will have a better system for our children. Why? Because no one on the other side is a board of education member for either Lowndes or Valdosta.”Standing to Sam Allen’s right were two Valdosta school board members: Annie Fisher and Vanassa Flucas.
“We hold our public officials accountable. Can you hold CUEE accountable?”The crowd answered that:
“No!”In the crowd picture, Jade “Talks Heat Up” Bulecza of WALB stands next to Dontaye “Showdown” Carter of WCTV. Both published reports.
Here’s the video:
We’re here to save our schools —Sam Allen, FVCS, 7 July 2011
No school consolidation,
Press Conference, Friends of Valdosta City Schools (FVCS),
Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 7 July 2011.
Videos by John S. Quarterman for LAKE, the Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange.