The Prince William County Schools require that all parents of students at Stonewall Middle School grant to the International Baccalaureate Organization a free, world-wide license to reproduce, for their own commercial purposes, any and all materials produced by those children until seventy years after their death. A failure to agree to these terms prevents children from participating in the IBO program, which is the only educational program offered at Stonewall Middle School. If parents will not agree to these extraordinary, burdensome and utterly ridiculous terms, their children will be denied a public education which the Commonwealth of Virginia is required to provide under Article 1, Section 15 of the Constitution of Virginia.
As a result, I am soliciting other parents to participate as plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit that will be filed as soon as possible, asking for an injunction preventing the county from enforcing any participation requirements demanded of parents or their children that infringe on their constitutional rights and other relief as the courts may deem appropriate. In addition, I intend to request that each parent who has been coerced or otherwise defrauded into agreeing to these terms under the threat that their children would be denied a public education be granted relief in the amount of at least $25,000 per student.
The Prince William County School System seems to care a whole lot about money, but quite obviously not a whole lot about the rights and liberties of parents and their children. They are participating in an illegal scheme intended to generate profits for a foreign company and demanding that children surrender their intellectual property rights as a condition of enjoying constitutionally guaranteed rights. This is so utterly stupid and outrageous it shouldn’t be hard at all to find a top-notch attorney who will revel in ensuring that the rights of the hundreds of plaintiffs in this suit are properly protected.
Yes, go ahead and sign away your rights under state and federal law, even if you have no idea what this is all about
Let’s resolve this in a way school bureaucrats actually understand, with expensive attorneys and huge court-awarded damages that punish idiots. That is unless the county or the Commonwealth recognizes just how utterly idiotic this all is and manages to remedy this situation before I manage to get attorneys and plaintiffs lined up and a brief filed. Let’s see who finishes this race first, shall we?
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