State Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Potlatch, and others in Olympia continue to get the victim/villain/hero scenario wrong (TNT, 4-25).
They vilify teachers forced to physically protest against efforts to deny schoolchildren their constitutional right to an adequate education - forced because certain legislators seem not responsive to any other message. The true victims are the children, the teachers and principals, the schools and school districts and, ultimately, society as a whole.
The denial of an adequate education is a denial of a basic human right, a denial of the freedom to become a fully contributing member of our community, and thus is a takeaway from all of us. In short, it’s just plain wrong.
The state Supreme Court long ago decided who the villain is in this story. I, for one, believe the teachers and others who protest are the heroes. That’s a role they would happily share with anyone else, even their legislative representatives.