Marquette Warrior: Liberal Brown Deer School Board Candidate: Have Legal Counsel Find Way to “Restrain” Criticism

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Liberal Brown Deer School Board Candidate: Have Legal Counsel Find Way to “Restrain” Criticism

Local school board politics can get very interesting, and Brown Deer is no exception.

Conservative former school board member Mike Christopolus has been a bit of a thorn in the side of liberal board members, engaging in the nefarious activity of writing to the local paper BrownDeerNOW criticizing the policies and performance of the school district.

Some people are more thin skinned than others, but liberal school board member Leslie Galloway Sherard wanted to explore legal avenues to shut Christopolus up.

In an e-mail to board members in late 2010, she complained:
I am tired of seeing a letter in the NOW paper from Mike C. that continues to attack our District, its’ [sic] employees and our efforts to help students be successful. I would like to craft a response to the paper from the school board.
OK, she is blowing off steam, and wants to respond. No harm, no foul.

But then she escalates:
I would also like to ask our legal council [sic] about these continued attacks many of which contain information that is not true. These letters do nothing but defame the District’s character and reputation. They also negatively impact the work we are trying to accomplish.
Heaven help us if free speech “negatively impacts” somebody’s idea of what they are trying to accomplish.
We owe it to our children and our community to respond and identify a strategy to get these kinds of letters restrained.
Sherard, who signed the Walker recall petition, is up for reelection on Tuesday.

Neither Christopolus nor Sherard was immediately available for comment.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like free speech won out. Leslie Galloway Sherard got the boot.

2:40 PM  

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