Community members spread messages of acceptance outside of Prosser school

Community members spread messages of acceptance outside of Prosser school

Community members held up signs with messages of acceptance outside Prosser’s Keene Riverview Elementary on Friday following controversial speech by two district employees.

In February, school librarian Peggy Brown posted to Facebook about the “Day Without Immigrants” on her page.

In the post Brown said “lots of kids stayed home. I loved it. (It) sure alleviated the overcrowding at school.”

Her husband Dale Brown, a school bus driver, also displayed signs on his truck against LGBTQ people, Islam and Mormons.

Protestors were small in numbers on Friday, but said they had a big message.

“Me and my mom have done all that we can to make sure that this truck stops and now we are just trying to do something that stands out,” said Keene Riverview 2nd grader Collin Lamarsh.

“It’s taught in schools that they don’t bully, they don’t discriminate, and so I think it’s important to bring awareness,” said Collin’s mother Carie Lamarsh.

Others were also there from the community to show support.

“We want to make sure that the messages that are coming across to our students are consistent,” said Maricela Sanchez.

William Phillips said he walks by the school all the time and has seen Dale Brown’s truck on occasion.

“Keep fighting the good fight, discrimination is a horrible horrible thing,” said Phillips.

In a past exclusive KAPP-KVEW interview with Peggy Brown, she defended her actions saying “it’s my first amendment right, it’s the constitutional right that I have for freedom of speech.”

Demonstrators at the school said they are proud of the messages the school overall teaches children against bullying and discrimination, but they wish this message was more consistent among staff members.

The district agreed this week to review its staff social media policy.