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Parents Angered at T.I. Middle School Appearance

Parents Angered at T.I. Middle School Appearance

Published April 23, 2010

T.I. may have paid his debt to society, but some apparently still see him as a convicted felon.  

The rapper recently spoke to students at Woodland Middle School, prompting parents in Henry County, GA to call Channel 2 Action News in protest of the school's speaker of choice.

"Had I had the opportunity to not let them go, I would have had them sit out," Tom Myers, a father of four girls in the Henry County School system, told Channel 2.  

Word is parents are disputing Tip as a speaker because he's a convicted felon. They've also expressed they'd liked to know of guest speakers ahead of time.

Myers also reached out to Woodland principal, Dr. Terry Oatts, to voice his concerns on Tip speaking at the school.

"In the future, if T.I. or any other convicted felon needs to perform community service, ask for parental permission to allow our children to be exposed to these questionable individuals,” Myers wrote in an e-mail.

"Mr. Harris has never been convicted of homicide," Oatts replied in an email. "We would not be able to adequately staff our state's general assembly, our U.S. Congress or the executive branch of our government using your apparent standards.”

A rep for Henry County Schools confirmed that they didn't notify parents of Tip's speaking engagement. While there's no notification policy, the rep said parents were recently warned that the school would be screening a World War II documentary about the Holocaust in case they wanted to have their kids sit out.  

Written by Carl Chery, BET.com staff

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