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Petitioning Superintendent Dr. Mary Ellis and 11 others

Union County Public Schools: End the ban on lyrics at athletic events

Union County Public School administrators have implemented a Footloose style rule forbidding any music with lyrics during any part of a school athletic event. Athletes cannot warm up to the music of their choice and our cheerleaders and dancers cannot perform to music that entertains. We all want a family friendly environment at games with appropriate music, but this 1950s era rule has no place in a 21st century school district. We seem to be the only school system in North Carolina and perhaps the entire country with this restrictive of a policy on music. . UCPS has refused common sense solutions that would address their concerns about offensive lyrics while also respecting our students rights of expression and the wishes of the fans.

Music is an important part of any sporting event. It drives our athletes, inspires our dancers, and entertains the fans. Lyrics convey a message chosen by the students. The "instrumental only" rule is an unnecessary restriction on student athletes who warm up and are motivated by the music and on cheerleaders and dancers who perform to the music.

As we finish this school year and look ahead to 2013-14, we call upon UCPS to immediately end the ban on lyrics and allow each team's coaches to select appropriate music for games and performances. Rather than punish and silence the voices of all students across all sports and schools, we request that a written policy be implemented with a common sense, simple plan to screen music and allow appropriate lyrics at all school events. 

This petition was delivered to:
  • Superintendent
    Dr. Mary Ellis
  • UCPS Board of Education, At Large
    Christina Helms
  • UCPS Board of Education, At Large
    Mike Guzman
  • UCPS Board of Education, Vice Chairman
    Marce Savage
  • UCPS Board of Education, District 5
    John Collins
  • UCPS Board of Education, District 4
    Rick Pigg
  • UCPS Board of Education, District 2
    Kevin Stewart
  • UCPS Board of Education, District 1
    John Crowder
  • UCPS Board of Education, Chairman
    Richard Yercheck
  • Athletic Director
    Doug Jones
  • Deputy Superintendent
    Dr. Mike Webb
  • UCPS Board of Education, At Large
    Sherry Hodges

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