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Minnesota school board forces parents to say their address in order to speak, bans criticism of officials

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The Mankato, Minnesota school board is outrageously requiring parents to doxx themselves by stating their home address before they can speak at a meeting and they have, in essence, banned all criticism of school board officials as well.

The chair of the board for Mankato Area Public Schools Jodi Sapp made the new rules crystal clear before calling on parents at an Oct. 18 forum. Parents were told they could speak for three minutes only if they gave their name and full address. They were also advised that they were prohibited from addressing individual school board members.

“I just want to remind everybody this is a business meeting of the school board, it is not a meeting that belongs to the public,” she began.

“Before the open forum, I would like to review a couple of things,” Sapp stated. “Each speaker is asked to state his or her name and address for the record. Failure to do so will result in an individual not being allowed to speak.”

Alpha News first reported the new rules which were put in place following “behavior by some of the members of the public” that Sapp deemed “unacceptable.”

“Effective tonight, open forum participants are prohibited from calling out or addressing any individual school board or school district staff member. If this occurs, open forum will be closed,” Sapp noted before the public forum segment began.

“Crowd noise, or any sort of grandstanding during open forum, including applause, talking, hollering or any outburst will result in open forum being closed. Further, beginning at the Nov. 1 school board meeting, open forum participation will be limited to those individuals who wish to speak to an item on the board agenda.”

Mankato parents have been specifically concerned with a resolution that was passed by the board on Aug. 18 that requires face masks for all “Mankato Area Public Schools K-8 students and staff regardless of vaccination status when inside district buildings and on school buses.” That resolution also mandates weekly testing for unvaccinated staff members.

A number of concerned parents stood up at the Oct. 4 meeting and grilled the board on their policies regarding masks, coronavirus testing for unvaccinated individuals, Critical Race Theory, and the vaccine passport-style system that discloses the vaccination status of all school employees.

The requirement to reveal a speaker’s address is new, evidently. It did not occur at the Sept. 20 board meeting where there was no requirement that parents doxx themselves in order to make a statement.

During the Oct. 18 meeting, a man attempted to comment without disclosing where he lives. Sapp informed him he would not be allowed to speak because he would not state his address. He then responded by disclosing which street he lives on. Sapp demanded to know his house number as well.

The man eventually stated his exact address while turning away from the microphone in an effort to protect himself against potential harassment from the meeting’s online audience. But Sapp made sure to restate his exact address into her microphone so all could hear where he resides.

The video of the school board meeting has now gone viral exposing the behavior of Sapp and other school board members.

The new rules imposed by Sapp come as the National School Boards Association is facing massive backlash for labeling parents who speak up at school board meetings across the nation as being potential domestic terrorists. Attorney General Merrick Garland has now instructed the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security to begin investigating those parents.

The Mankato school board is now making national headlines and getting far more attention than they bargained for:

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