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Kids in Brunswick County had the day off from school, but that didn't keep many parents and even some teachers from showing up at the school district offices Monday afternoon.
 
They were there to protest the decision not to air President Obama's speech in school tomorrow.

Other than one person, the Brunswick County citizens want Brunswick County school children to be able to watch President Obama's speech live during school hours on Tuesday.
 
"It is sending a horrible message to students because it says don't respect the President, don't respect the Commander in Chief, don't listen to him if he's not with your political party and that's very scary,” said Michael Burke, a retired professor.

Brewster Hewett is president of the Brunswick County NAACP.  He says this is not a race problem, it's a school board problem.  "You're sending the wrong message to these students and to the parents. You're telling these people what's going to happen before time.  They must be fortune tellers."

Not everyone at Monday’s protest was complaining.  There was one parent which supports the school board's decision to show the speech later this week if the parents deem the speech appropriate.
 
"I think people should have a choice in the matter, the parents that is.  I think we should always have the choice with anything political,” said Joe Lawson.

Carolyn Jenkins Blue wants her children to watch the speech live.  They will do that at home.   "My children will not be in school on Tuesday.  I hope nobody in this county will have their children attend school on Tuesday,” she said.

New Hanover County schools sent home a letter informing parents they can opt-out of having their children watch the speech.
 
Pender County also sent parents a letter allowing them to opt their children out.
 
Columbus County schools did not send a letter home, but will make the speech optional for kids.

Parents who want to read the transcript of the president's speech can do so online by clicking here.

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