This decision is so ridiculous that it can't be boneheaded. But all the same, the district has tried to come up with an excuse to justify the policy:
The concern is that the televised inauguration was not listed in syllabus handed out at the beginning of the term. The district considers the inauguration a full length documentary, unlike some newspaper or internet reference articles which do not require pre-approval.
The televised inauguration of America's next president is not a feature film. It's a current event, one that everyone who has the opportunity to witness should watch. Our next Commander in Chief is going to speak to our future. Young people, especially, should hear his message.
KING5 asked school officials in Tacoma and Seattle if students there needed parental permission to watch the inauguration of Barack Obama. The answer? Of course not.
If you'd like to (politely) tell Federal Way's Superintendent to stop this nonsense, you'll find his contact information at the bottom of his official biography page.