Tomorrow night the Richland 2 School Board will vote whether to join in on a class-action lawsuit regarding the JUUL product.
Remember when this first came up. It died a proper death at a school board vote. As I recall, only six board members were present, and the vote was 3-3. The Chair had to be reminded that a tie-vote meant that the Motion failed.
This item never should have gotten up to bat again. But the Chair and the Supt. put their heads together and put in on the agenda.
Unfortunately, this is a rotten example of school board tactics. When something failed to get approval, that was supposed to be the end of it.
And it is, unless the superintendent wants it. Board member McFadden switched horses. Previously, she had sided with the two board members who also voted No.
Did The Squad work on her, as this JUUL issue came around a second time?
Who gets rich in a class-action lawsuit? The lawyers. Not the plaintiffs.
Is this just a resume-enhancing step, to jump on the JUUL train? Whether or not there is ever an economic benefit to Richland 2?
Will someone be able to say, "Well, I was there, when we sued them."
Richland 2 has virtually no adverse exposure. Out of 28,000 students, they have been almost no cases of discipline for JUUL or cigarettes.
And, even if there have been a few disciplinary cases, it's a minor infraction. And it's a personal issue.
I'd say there are much bigger issues to give time to.
Call the members of the school board and tell them to vote NO.