Obama's Speech Available For Pitt County Students Later This Week

Students in Pitt County Schools who want to see what President Obama had to say in his address to students Tuesday will be able to see it later this week, if teachers want to show it.

Pitt County Schools did not show the speech live, saying they didn't have the capability and it's against their policy to show a video that hasn't been reviewed first.

Reverend Ozie Hall with the Coalition of Educating Black Children says, "To not air the speech the day it is presented to me, it's a slap in the face to any effort to cultural responsive teaching. It's the height of cultural insensitively."

Pitt County Schools spokesperson Heather Mayo says, "This isn't about politics, this is about not having the capacity to do this, it's not in the accordance with our board policy, we don't have the technology, we don't have the ability to stream it live to everyone at the same time."

Mayo says they plan to make copies of the speech for teachers use later this week, but it is still optional.


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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Sep 14, 2009 at 03:58 PM
    Actually Jill T, I don't read into the racist issue you claim. Does the school system say everytime someone posts against Obama, they are racist? They used to be patriots, you know, voiced opine against the government. They did this quited often against the british and you know how that ended in 1776 and 1812. I have no problem with a speech, I just would like to know what a socialist, marxist communist president was going to say to my kids. You know, the guy that just spent their future in one swoop and is not over yet. I think he has a spending problem.
  • by Mary Location: Greenville on Sep 11, 2009 at 07:25 AM
    As an employee of Pitt County School, I hear and see a lot of things that our administrators are saying. You would be surprise how many of our leaders in the schools are only here for the paycheck. They do not have the children best interest at heart. Yes I believe it is a racial thing concerning President Obama's speech being heard the day of in our schools. Like it or not he is OUR President and I was always taught to respect those who have authority over us, and give honor where honor is due. Our President deserve both. We as US Americans Citizens are bless and are have been given favor by God and we shouldn't take it lightly. As a Christian I will continue to pray for our President that he will look up to God for all of his answers and don't take down because of jealousy and strife.
  • by Jill T Location: Greenville, N.C. on Sep 10, 2009 at 08:51 PM
    Paul-from the outerbanks it sounds like to me that you may have your own racial issues to deal with and hopefully someone can assist you in regards to these issues. I myself am a caucasian female and am embarassed for what you said-as you made it a racial issue by sharing your impulsive thoughts and maybe should have pondered them before writting them. It appears that you (yourself) don't value or appreciate education and appear to be teaching your own son's bad values and asking them questions such as how many of the black children fell asleep during the speech? Why would you even go there? A president taking the time to address issues in regards to education is of upmost importance and if it were President Bush,etc.. it would have been shown. We have very modern-state of the art-technology and policy etc.. is clearly an excuse as I remember watching the challenger & President Reagan-when he was shot, etc.. It's all about the message-so clear racist from your vocabulary&spell it right!
  • by Lisa Michelle Peacock Location: Greenville NC on Sep 9, 2009 at 11:09 PM
    I think that it is ashame that our educators and teachers who are supposedly setting the example and molding our future leaders of America, would not find it important for students to be able to listen to President Obama's speech (and shame on anyone who doesn't address him as President Obama-as he has earned this title. I think that children need encouragement about staying in school and the President may be a good role model to spread the message, as one can come from a dsyfunctional family, etc.. but can be inspired by those who have overcome obstacles-and it is obvious that President Obama is still trying to overcome obstacles as it is apparent that indiscreetly-there is some form of invalidation for President Obama-for reasons that we all know whether it be school policy, racism,etc.. that this whole ordeal has transpired and we wonder why there is so much hate and prejudice-as everyone of every color, race, religion, has important things to say and we need to open up our minds NC!
  • by to Paul on Sep 9, 2009 at 04:08 AM
    Sounds like your kids were raised the status-quo with their lack of attention and labeling a presidents speech for them boring. Do you wonder now if they are listening to you? Or is that boring too?
  • by Anonymous on Sep 9, 2009 at 03:41 AM
    It's nice to see mostly positive comments on this now. I hope all of the people who caused so much negative attention to this speech feel like fools now. Because they sure made themselves look like fools.
  • by cd Location: kinston on Sep 8, 2009 at 08:53 PM
    My children did not have the opportunity to watch the speech at school today but I made sure they watched it. It is so sad that something positive was turned into something so negative.
  • by Paul Location: Outer Banks on Sep 8, 2009 at 08:49 PM
    Why does everything that has to do with blacks turn into racial issues? Seriously! Get a life and get over yourselves! IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH BLACK AND WHITE! I don't understand why this speech has become such a huge issue to begin with. Both of my sons watched it today in school and they both said it was boring. You want to make it racial? - They both said that MANY of the black students in their classes either fell asleep or yawned during the speech. How is that for raciest?!! Stop trying to make everything a black and white situation and instead join this country as part of the realistic issues at hand?! Crime, violence, unemployment, -- WE'RE ALL APART OF IT! Maybe Pitt County schools didn't have the means to show the speech to the entire schools. Maybe they were not expecting this sort of thing to happen and maybe they were not able to buy the TV's and get hooked up to cable in time to show the speech to their students. Why don't you think before you jump to conclusions!
  • by Mother Location: Plymouth on Sep 8, 2009 at 08:37 PM
    imagine that--pitt county does not have the technological capabilities to air a speech from the President to the young people of America!! the same pitt county that houses one of the top medical teaching facilities in the United States?! the decision not to show the President's speech is worse than political--it is racial. Another thing that is racial is the lack of respect that many Americans use to address our President--instead of "President Obama...", you're saying "Obama..."--even the media is guilty of this. Mr. Barack Obama has been selected by the people of the United States of America to lead this great country of America; therefore, every American should address him appropriately as such; he is President Obama. My fellow Americans, please remember: President Obama cannot undo or fix overnight, nor over the course of 1-2 years what your past President has done over the course of 8 years and more. Change takes time. Improvements are made when people work together.
  • by David Location: Greenville on Sep 8, 2009 at 08:36 PM
    I don't see the big deal! If this was JFK EVERY public school in America would show it . We need to teach our young people to respect authority and others opinions. No one should make this a racial issue ALL young people could benefit from this not just African American Students. AS to the Parent who pulled her children out of public school and is choosing to Homeschool , MOre power to you. Been ther did that 8 years 2 kids. How can we teach our kids to face every day situations both pleasant and unpleasant when the Parents are running away everytime something doesn't fit their personal ajenda or beliefs That is partly why this country is having problems with employment etc. We have taught our kids to run and hide when something is not going our way. SHAME ON US.
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