Investigation into potential campaigning in the classroom

By: Ian Margol Email
By: Ian Margol Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) Election day is less than a week away and voters are doing their research to educate themselves on the issues and candidates.

Several District 51 students are doing the same, with the help of Kids Voting Mesa County.

But an incident at Grand Junction High School on Monday has District 51 officials looking into how educators are approaching these issues.

Three freshman classes got together at the school to watch the Kids Voting candidate video, but it's what happened afterward that has school district officials digging for answers.

Allegedly, when the classes finished watching the video, a school employee began discrediting several of the candidates featured.

"Campaigning on work time or during work time or using any work resources is unacceptable," says District 51 spokesperson, Christy McGee. "If we find out that that happened, that's completely unacceptable and it's not allowed."

Kids Voting Mesa County officials also say they don't encourage teachers to discuss the candidates with their students, instead asking them to focus on ensuring the kids have enough information to make opinions of their own.

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