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WATCH: Elkhart School Board Pres. Illegally Tries to Prevent Recording of Meetings and Public Comment

Roscoe Enfield Jr., Pres. Elkhart Board of School Trustees

ELKHART, Ind. — The president of the Elkhart Board of School Trustees is illegally attempting to prevent some people from recording its public meetings.

At the November 9th meeting of the board, Board President Roscoe “Rocky” Enfield Jr. started the meeting by telling the public they needed to get permission prior to recording anything.

“If you’re recording, you should be getting permission from the superintendent to record.” Enfield said. “It’s in the rules.”

Enfield’s comments fly in the face of state law. Indiana Code 5-14-1.5-1 states all meetings must be open to the public, where all citizens have the right to attend AND record the proceedings.

Enfield then went on to tell the public that if they record, they are not allowed to make any public comment.

“If you are recording, you are not allowed to make comment and there is to be no interviews or anything like that. You just record.” He said.

Once again, this “rule” flies in the face of state open door laws. All citizens are allowed to comment during designated public comment times, whether they’re recording or not.

You can watch video of Enfield making the comments below. The statements start shortly after the beginning of the video.

RNM reached out to the board’s secretary to send Enfield a message, as is standard protocol. As of publication, we have not received a response.

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2 COMMENTS

    • Yes, they like to make the rules as they go along. They speak “democracy” with their mouth but do the work of autocracy with their hands.

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