The Hillsborough County School District Communications Officer Stephen Hegarty informed Florida Family Association in his email dated February 17, 2012 “I'm not aware of any plans for any CAIR officials to address our students.” Mr. Hegarty’s statement was in response to Florida Family Association’s question “Is it possible for you to give us a few days notice before CAIR officials address students in the future?” See Note 1 below.
- Hassan Shibly, Director of Tampa CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) wrote a letter on February 17, 2012 thanking the school board members for taking a stand for his presentations to students. However, Shibly never mentions that he looks forward to speaking to students in the future and makes no acknowledgement of gratitude to the teacher Kelly Miliziano who invited him.
- Each Hillsborough County School Board Member and the Superintendent of Schools received over 10,000 emails voicing opposition to CAIR officials addressing students.
- School Board Chairman Candy Olson proclaimed a fanatical and emotionally charged defense of the teacher, Kelly Miliziano, who invited CAIR officials to address her classes. This indicates that the national attention directed at the school board and teacher over this issue was unwelcome, unwanted and therefore most likely undesirable in the future.
- The School District will never vote for a policy statement to prohibit CAIR officials from indoctrinating students. The school district fears that such action would invite a costly law suit. Florida Family Assoc. sued the School district in 2005 because they blocked supporters’ emails sent through the organization’s server. The school district refused throughout the suit to adopt an acceptable policy stating that they would not block emails from Florida Family Association’s supporters in the future. However, even though they refused to adopt such an obviously reasonable policy the school district has not blocked emails from Florida Family Association’s supporters in numerous campaigns since the lawsuit was dismissed.