President's Speech To Children

By: Chiara Lotierzo Email
By: Chiara Lotierzo Email

On Monday the Office of the President released the text of Tuesday’s planned address to school kids, after some parents grew concerned over its content.

11 News took the speech out with us to ask parents what their concerns were, before and after viewing the text.

Most parents we spoke with said they were not concerned over the speech to begin with.

Sheila Winniefeld says she’s glad to send her son to school to watch the speech, and is thankful the President is taking the time out to talk with the children, “(I’m) just excited that he's really trying to empower them and have them be an important part of the community."

When mother Charis Caldwell read the text, she said it was all she expected it to be, “It doesn't' surprise me, it talks about goals, I think that's a good thing, he talks about that we need to try our best."

But some parents are still not sold on the speech.

Cindy and Boyce Gusler say they still plan to keep their children home from school, saying a pre-released speech doesn’t guarantee the same live delivery, “That's what he's supposed to say but who knows if that's what he's gonna end up saying."

The Guslers say they feel it is their responsibility to raise their children, and no one else's, “We as the parents are fully responsible as to our children's education, not the state, not the federal government."

Mesa County schools will be offering an alternative class for students who don't want to watch the speech.

Montrose County schools will take a similar approach.

Delta County schools say they will not show the speech.

The President's speech will take place Tuesday at 10 a.m.

11 News will livestream the speech on our Web site.

The President's speech will be the first such given to students by a President since former President George H.W. Bush in 1991.

To see the entire text of the speech, click the link below.


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