School lifts ban on parent who expressed security concerns after mass shooting

July 9, 2023
World Net Daily

This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

A school district in Texas has decided to reverse its decision to ban from school grounds a parent who expressed concern over its security following a mass shooting that killed 21.

The announcement comes from the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression, which said the decision canceled their plans to sue the district if needed.

The FIRE report said the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District had banned Adam Martinez, a father of two students, from district property for two years "for questioning the qualifications of a recently hired school district police officer."

FIRE had entered the fight when the ban was imposed, and the district responded this week with confirmation that the ban is gone.

"All I’ve ever wanted was to speak my mind and be a voice for my community," said Martinez. "I’m thankful to FIRE for taking my case, and look forward to holding our local leaders accountable."

FIRE reported one of Martinez's children was at Robb Elementary School on May 24, 2022, when a former student fatally shot 19 students and two teachers and injured 17 others.

His child was physically unhurt.

In the aftermath, the district's police chief was fired and the entire police force was suspended.

Martinez, meanwhile, became active, criticizing some school decisions, starting a group that organizes fundraisers for victims, engaging in community service, and more.

When he found out the school had hired an officer the county sheriff's office ruled was ineligible to be hired, he approached district police chief Josh Gutierrez at a board meeting.

Gutierrez told him to sit down but Martinez continued the conversation.

"As the video of the school board meeting demonstrates, Martinez and Gutierrez’s conversation remained quiet and did not disrupt the proceedings in any way. Nevertheless, Gutierrez told Martinez and his family to leave the meeting, and verbally banned Martinez from school district property," FIRE reported.

Then Interim Supt. Gary Patterson notified Martinez that "if he set foot on school district property in the next two years, the school district could have him arrested."

That was based on the "false" claim Martinez was disruptive.

The report said the district lifted the ban, however, when FIRE suggested a lawsuit might be appropriate.

"The school district’s administrators overstepped their authority,” said FIRE attorney Josh Bleisch. “We’re glad they finally came to their senses, but it shouldn’t take the threat of a lawsuit to remind them that the Constitution does not allow them to use their power to silence their critics."

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