Reader says Gregory should resign from both


To the Editor: This letter was addressed to the Williamson County School Board. I’m shocked about the recent vote to elect Mark Gregory as chairman of the school board. As the inventor of the ButtleOpener, there is no way he represents my moral values nor the values of the Williamson county I’ve come to know over the past 18 years. When I first heard about this invention, I thought albeit in poor taste, it wasn’t that big of a deal until I saw what it looked like.

To the Editor:

This letter was addressed to the Williamson County School Board.

I’m shocked about the recent vote to elect Mark Gregory as chairman of the school board. As the inventor of the ButtleOpener, there is no way he represents my moral values nor the values of the Williamson county I’ve come to know over the past 18 years. When I first heard about this invention, I thought albeit in poor taste, it wasn’t that big of a deal until I saw what it looked like.
This is by far one of the most appalling products I’ve ever seen. It objectifies and demoralizes females. How can he lead faculty, staff and students in the academic goals that we seek our children to achieve? How do I explain to my two school-aged daughters, that the person elected to establish the agenda and set the tone for the overall school system is also the inventor of the ButtleOpener, a device that NASCAR found too risque to endorse.
Although anyone within this country is free to develop any product within legal guidelines, this does not mean they should serve as a leader of a school system. It does not mean that females will have the confidence that he is able to objectively treat them as equals and provide opportunities they deserve. Further, it is not a role model for our sons. A school board member should be a person our children can look up to and show our sons and daughter how they should want to lead their lives. By developing this product and still having pictures of himself with it online, it just tells everyone and especially our sons, that this is an acceptable way to view and treat women.
There was a media article about the ButtleOpener in 2012, so I’m assuming that the board was fully aware of the details of this product and I do not understand with that knowledge, how they were able to elect him chair. The board has an obligation to portray an image of respect that our children can look up to and emulate. If the board doesn’t understand that this is part of their role, then they shouldn’t be on the board and, at least, certainly shouldn’t have voted Mr. Gregory as chair last week.
The board needs to focus on making sure our children have the best academic opportunities this country has to offer and in order to achieve that, Mark Gregory not only needs to resign as chair but needs to resign from the board.
Phyllis Martin
Brentwood

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