After Rose’s final statement, the board proceeded to move forward with their regular meeting but others in the audience stood up and began demanding that they too be heard.
Chairman Ricky Rowe, District 8, said that Rose was the only person scheduled to speak and that they would not move forward with the meeting.
Shouts of “I thought this was about us, The parents are in charge of this and this is our time, Why can’t we have a few minutes?, They don’t care about us, They all need to resign, Pull them off the football field” could be heard from the audience.
Valdosta Police Department Cmdr. Brian Childress then stepped in and told the audience that the board was required to follow the agenda and that the meeting must move forward.
It then took several minutes for the majority of those gathered to leave the meeting.
After the meeting, Larry Lockey, Georgia State Conference NAACP District 18 Coordinator, questioned that with so many children being put in in school suspension and out of school suspension in the school system, why wasn’t a speech about staying in school aired to the students.
“It was a poor decision by the Valdosta City School superintendent,” he said.