WATCH: School board discusses vetting policy after controversial "White Privilege" presentation
The Hamilton County School Board is considering a policy to vet any presentation before they appear in developmental classes.
School Board Member Rhonda Thurman believes the taxpayers should know what is being presented to the faculty and students of the Hamilton County School System.
But the idea of vetting presentations caused some tension between other members.
"And before we begin to dance around the issue and I am probably making someone upset, but I am sorry. I'm just upset about everyone dancing around this,” Board Member Karitsa Jones said.
It's been nearly two weeks since these photos were shared on Facebook.
Showing former NFL player Robert Jackson discussing white privilege during an in-service training session for teachers.
Thurman believes all speakers’ presentations outside the school system should be vetted.
"I don't care what it is. I don't care what kind of presentation it is. The taxpayers of this county have the right to see it. And if there is no problem, then there is no problem,” Thurman said.
But Karitsa Jones doesn't believe that would solve anything.
She says vetting presentations just causes more problems.
"Because it's a procedure. It's freedom of speech. And you can do whatever. Agree or disagree, that's your freedom of speech,” Jones said.
Several members believe the same rules should apply to all speakers.
"And I think if we are going to do anything like that with out of town, it would make since to do in town because if the intent of the policy is for our taxpayers to know what we are doing, I think all of them should be there,” Board Member Jenny Hill said.
"As far as who vets it, the administrator who brings them in should be the one responsible for vetting. And you can't get a specific vetting because it's going to be different every time,” Dr. Steve Highlander said.
But Jones says the presentation isn't anything new and this whole ordeal has been misinterpreted.
"It wasn't meant to teach anybody anything. It's just really frustrating because in 2019, we should not be sitting on this day and talking about this,” Jones said.
Superintendent Dr. Bryan Johnson says this policy could happen in the near future, but needs more discussion.