This is an excellent podcast of Vanessa Wells, one of the Republican endorsed candidates for the upcoming Lakota School Board election in November of 2021. The player should work but if you have trouble the link shown above may only play the intro to the show. If it does get stuck to get to the whole 51-minute interview, you can simply type in your computer browser open.spotify.com then put the show “Cancelled Out” into the search. Then simply look for Vanessa Wells, or otherwise, Ep. 27-3: Canceled Conversations: Vanessa Wells. Or if you have Spotify, simply look them up there and play it like a usual podcast. That may sound like a lot, but it’s worth doing. It tells how Vanessa became a candidate for the Lakota school board in 2021 by expiring every means possible to get justice for her daughter. After a child in the school had diplomatic immunity because the father was an ambassador of the United Nations, a little boy threatened to kill Vanessa’s daughter and further went on for quite a long time to threaten her in school, making the classroom experience a miserable one. Vanessa tried to get the school to act, but all they wanted to do was cover up the story and attempt to pressure her little girl into putting up with the situation. This happens far more than you might think, and to hear Vanessa tell this riveting story is well worth the work. Maybe it’s just my site that is having trouble. But at least the link above gives all the information you would need to listen to the full podcast on Spotify.
This is an old story with Lakota schools. They have an extensive profile, one of the largest schools in Ohio, and the school boards have spent much of its history trying to cover up stories that might make the school look bad. That’s why Vanessa decided she wanted to run for the school board because she got tired of dealing with the school board at Lakota and decided to be part of a solution. If they wouldn’t listen to her, then she would just run herself. She has told me her story several times, and I have written about it. But to get the whole story packed into one podcast was unique, without interruption. It’s a story many parents can share with her. She certainly isn’t alone. But perhaps this year at Lakota, with voters’ support, she can finally be part of a solution that has long been needed.
Vanessa is a fighter; in May of 2021, she had sued Lakota’s school board for transparency violations in hiding behind Covid to quell anger from parents over transexual policies and Critical Race Theory. The president of the Lakota board at the time, Brad Lovell, who is moving on to a job in Sycamore Twp, was skipping through procedures designed to show transparency due to the pressure of the increased anger from parents. Like many schools, Lakota was using Covid restrictions to manage the public forums, which caused issues that granted a settlement in the lawsuit. Vanessa is undoubtedly not a pushover, and she had already taken severe steps to show leadership even when it was hard to do so. Not everyone is bad on the school board; one person has been trying to improve the situation. But two of the current board members, Kelley Casper and Michael Pearl, have been disasters of progressive causes, and they need to be voted out for their complicity in many matters. Vanessa’s situation is just one story of many, and time and time again, the board has punted rather than deal with the issues. Vanessa is committed to making the hard decisions that will have to be completed and have already proven that she will not run away when things get tough. In her short time as an activist at Lakota, she has more than shown the teeth of a committed parent, resident, and manager.
In that regard, the podcast is worth the effort and time to listen to. So many times in these school board races, we get phony people who want to use the position to get an administrative job, just like Brad Lovell did. They say they care about the kids, but when their actions are put to reality, they only care about protecting the institution of public education itself, to hell with kids. That is not what Vanessa does, and she has the track record to prove it. But you don’t have to take my word for it. Listen to Vanessa for yourself at the podcast listed here and judge for yourself. It’s a story made for Hollywood, and it’s happening in our backyard. But unlike the woke movies of these days, there is a hero, and if voters have the courage to vote on election night, we might have a happy ending in Lakota for the first time in many years.