It’s become abundantly clear that the rules don’t apply to Board of Trustees members. District 5 Trustee Jay Cunningham’s children are barely, if not completely, unaffected by policies that he votes for. And the rules don’t apply to Mr. Cunningham at all, as was highlighted at the Clear Springs High School graduation ceremony on June 1, 2020.
While other parents had to sit and social distance, when Mr. Cunningham’s son’s name was called to receive his diploma, Mr. Cunningham was allowed to rush the stage and hug him. No mask, no precautions, just allowed to jump right on up for the photo op.
Must be nice, considering that his kid didn’t get affected by the grading policy he voted for and is happily off to college with his NCAA scholarship.
This Black life doesn’t matter to Cunningham
You know who he didn’t rush up and hug? James Collins. You know, the kid whose life he almost ruined? The kid who he couldn’t be bothered to press the “record” button for, as he was required to do to create a record of the Board of Trustees hearing where he voted to uphold the systemic racism in CCISD?
In a time when young Black men are being stopped by the police and murdered by vigilantes in predominantly white neighborhoods, Mr. Cunningham cast aside Mr. Collins as disposable. He upheld a clearly racist application of CCISD policy and, best case scenario, was too incompetent to create a record that could be used when Mr. Collins and his family inevitably would appeal that decision.
But likely due to his arrogance, this never occurred to Mr. Cunningham. No, he and his sons are doing just fine and unaffected by any of Mr. Cunningham’s horrible voting record. We’re ashamed to have Mr. Cunningham on the Board representing any part of CCISD.
A happy ending for Mr. Collins
However, we’re pleased to report that there is a happy ending for Mr. Collins. He will be attending the Southwestern Assemblies of God University on a football scholarship. This young man, whose life could have been completely derailed by CCISD, is getting a chance to shine.
We’re incredibly proud of Mr. Collins and wish him well in the next chapter of his life.