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01/21/07- Ore City

Parent Upset About Ore City Students Having To Go To School On MLK Day

All over the nation, people are celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. But some parents are making claims that one East Texas school is only celebrating the whole holiday, half heartedly. KLTV 7's LaKecia Shockley explains.

It was a site that you wouldn't see at most schools on MLK day. Parents and buses, lined up to pick up Ore City students who had to go to school for half a day, and for some East Texas parents it brings mixed feelings. "He was a very important person. You know and I think the kids need to recognize that and go to a MLK parade, or read about or do something with their families," said concerned grandparent, Patricia Grimes. "I think Martin Luther King would be pleased. He believed we should have and value education and that's exactly what we're doing here. We're putting education first, said Ore City parent Rebecca Brooks. 

Ore City parent Verbina Andrews would beg to differ--she kept her kids home from Ore City schools, because she says for years the school had been closed, the whole day in honor of Kings birthday. "It's been being a holiday. How can you come along two, three, or four years latter and take half of it away from a great man, Dr. Martin Luther King.

Andrews says school officials sent notices home, stating the students would have to go to school for half a day to fulfill state attendance requirements. And school officials say the notice has been posted on the school's web site calendar for feedback since last year.

"No feedback was given on whether it was good or bad and so we excepted the calendar as it was presented. I'm not going to make it an issue, it's not an issue. It was overlooked, if anything and we'll make adjustments as need be," said Ore City Board President Lyle Potter. For parents like Verbina, she hopes the adjustment will be made to honor Dr. King next year. "He's the one that got the schools together and the colleges. We should never ever forget him," said Andrews. 

LaKecia Shockley, Reporting lshockley@kltv.com

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