Local school in session on MLK Day

By: Shelby Levins Email
By: Shelby Levins Email

MADILL, OK --Many people are looking forward to a long holiday weekend, celebrating the life of one of our country's most influential civil rights leaders. But for one local school district Martin Luther King Day is just another day at school. And that upsets one mother.

It's been more than 25 years since Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday was established as a federal holiday, but still, the Madill Public School System says the day is not a school holiday. One mother says, it's time for change.

"it's real embarrassing. I don't know a better word to describe it. It's very upsetting.," said Martina Fields. Four of her children go to Madill Public Schools. She says for the past five years she's lived in
Madill, the district has held classes on Martin Luther King Day.

"If America can recognize this man, why can't a small town like Madill recognize this man?" Fields asked.

Madill Superintendent Jon Dotson says Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be recognized with teacher lead discussions and student activities.

"I think we're honoring him, but still reporting to work," Dotson said. "It's just one that the committee didn't choose."

Dotson says school holidays are chosen by a committee made up of at least eight teachers.

"We didn't have input to say that we should or shouldn't. Certainly didn't know we were the only school around that would be in session," Dotson said.

Fields says that's just not right.

"I don't understand how you can sit there at a table and look past the holiday like it's just Valentines Day," Fields said. "He gave his life, he gave his respect, he even set in jail to fight for what we have today and I feel like it should be respected."

She says she feels it's disrespectful not to recognize Martin Luther King Day as a school holiday, so she is speaking out.

"I think this is the biggest step that I can possibly take to get them to see and understand that this type of behavior it's not tolerate. It is embarrassing as a Madill citizen to know that our town does this," Fields said.

Dotson says it's too late to make any calendar changes this year, but it's something they will look at next year. Fields says that's the change she's looking for.


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  • by jodyfudpucker Location: madill on Jan 26, 2009 at 07:28 PM
    mr and mrs fields..please esplain to you student/child who martin luther king is so they don't post and make you look even sillier. mlk stood for eduction, not the seat on the bus or eating in the cafe or blacks in the back. mrs. fields i liked your moomoo
  • by not black Location: grayson county on Jan 26, 2009 at 01:14 PM
    I am tired of all the black, white talk! by the way obama is not the first black pres. try abraham lincoln. his grandmother was black. besides if we have a white holiday it is called racist.
  • by madill women Location: madill on Jan 23, 2009 at 12:49 PM
    what does obama's parents have to do with this subject. You make it sound like he should think his white half for his victory. Wrong he should think his self and his wife and the support of both his wife and his parents for his victory, not what he is mixed with. I'm sorry he already did that. Now back to the subject at hand mlk day.
  • by Karen Location: Madill on Jan 23, 2009 at 10:06 AM
    I just have to say "Obama" wouldn't be where he is now without his white grandparents. Why is he refered to as "African American" - unless he was born in Africa. Obama needs to suck it up and admitt - he is about 1/2 white. As far as MLK day - Kingston was out, and wasn't taught a thing about MLK on that day. Of course if Madill went ot school and the student &/or parents had a bad attitude - the kids didn't learn anything in Madill, either.
  • by Student Location: Madill on Jan 23, 2009 at 08:40 AM
    Who is Martin Luther King?
  • by Me Location: Sherman on Jan 22, 2009 at 08:06 PM
    TO d. fields, I'm glad to see you support your wife. My only issue here is that this didn't get researched enough before airing the story. I'm not saying you should have done the research although that might have been a good idea. I think it would have been a much better story and wouldn't have caused such an uproar if KXII had completed the story with a list of other school that would be having class as well.
  • by Big Eyes Location: Powell on Jan 22, 2009 at 04:58 PM
    Why not just take your kids out of school and home school, then you can decide everything.
  • by Ardmoreite1 Location: Ardmore on Jan 22, 2009 at 01:16 PM
    Oklahoma State law says to go to school, so go to school!!! If the district doesn't give the students MLK day off, go to school!!!
  • by d. fields Location: madill on Jan 22, 2009 at 01:10 PM
    let me say thanks to the people who had good and informative things to say. for the rest of you, I don't know where to start. what happened to people showing common decency to each other. my wife never called anyone a raceist. She never personnally attacked anyone. after three or four years she had an opinion about something and because she let it be known all these bad things were said about her. this woman takes care of a household of six people and never complains about it. our children do not run the streets as said by one of madill's own (SOMEONE THAT TALKS BAD THEN DOES NOT LEAVE THEIR NAME), BUT THEY MAKE GOOD GRADES. BECAUSE OF MY JOB SHE IS CONSTANTLY LEFT TO DEAL WITH THE SCHOOL ISSUES AND ALSO SUPPORT ALL OF THE KIDS ACTIVITIES. SO BEFORE YOU GO OFF BELITTLING SOMEONE DO YOUR RESEARCH ABOUT THAT PERSON FIRST. I DIDN'T FEEL GOOD ABOUT SOME OF THOSE MESSEGES SO PEOPLE STICK TO THE SUBJECT OR SAY NOTHING AT ALL. I SUPPORT MY WIFE 100%
  • by Me Location: Durant on Jan 22, 2009 at 01:08 PM
    My children went to school on MLK Day and brought home various articles and art work that they had and did. They learned a lot about him that day. Honestly, I think you should have to go to school that day. If my kids were out that day, they would be watching tv or playing outside. They sure wouldn't be learning anything.
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