Anchorage Elementary School Apologizes After Anti-Marijuana Message Goes Out to Parents

Article by Laurel Andrews, Adn.com

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An Anchorage elementary school issued an apology Tuesday after an automated phone message the night before urged parents to attend a city Assembly meeting and voice opposition to marijuana retail stores on the agenda.

That Monday evening message from Campbell Elementary School should never have gone out, due to its “partisan” nature, said Anchorage School District spokesperson Heidi Embley.

The message was sent out to 464 phone numbers, according to Embley. It was sent out at the direction of Campbell elementary Principal Michelle Johansen, by a member of the staff, according to Embley. When pressed about the staff member’s position, Embley replied in an email that Johansen was taking responsibility for the message.

“This was not something that should have happened or will happen again in the future,” Embley said.

In the message, a female voice tells parents that a marijuana retail store “quietly passed without public input” at the last Anchorage Assembly meeting, and urges parents to attend Tuesday’s meeting to oppose another store looking to open up in the area.

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