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Tarrant County College Board Strikes Down Motion to Honor Pledge of Allegiance

The Republic Observer [screenshot from Tarrant County College Board Meeting minutes.] 12.07.2023.


Trustee Laura Pritchett’s proposal to say national and state pledges of allegiance at meetings henceforth was struck down in the Tarrant County College Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday at their Trinity River campus boardroom.


In a video recording shared to the website X (formerly known as Twitter) by Carlos Turcios, Pritchett is shown saying in the meeting, “I move that the TCC Board of Trustees include the pledge of allegiance to the American flag at each open meeting of the Board of Trustees.”


The Republic Observer [screenshot from Tarrant County College Board Meeting minutes.] Trustee Pritchett in TCC Board Meeting. 12.07.2023.


Upon being informed that the pledge would be spoken at informal meetings under these parameters as well, Pritchett adjusted her motion to include only open business meetings. The chair is shown requesting a second; however no other trustees seconded Pritchett’s motion.


“Motion dies for lack of a second,” the chair responds, and the recording likewise shows a lack of supporting votes for the Texas pledge of allegiance.


Pritchett has served as the District 4 Trustee for the Tarrant County College Board since her general runoff election against incumbent William Greenhill on June 10. On Ballotpedia, Pritchett describes herself as “a faithful conservative who is passionate about preserving our Constitutional rights in this generation and the ones to follow.”


Pritchett’s campaign was endorsed by multiple elected officials, including city council members and mayors of Lakeside and River Oaks.


Several of the remaining TCC Board of Trustee members demonstrate political views that differ from Pritchett’s, indicating why the motion may have been shut down. Board of Trustees President Teresa Ayala is featured in a 2021 video for Blue Zones Fort Worth sharing her covid vaccine testimonial and saying “I don’t know if we will ever get back to what we were doing before” when asked what her hope is for the city of Fort Worth.


Dr. Gwendolyn Morrison, District 6 Trustee, lists herself as a “Diversity and Inclusion specialist” on her LinkedIn profile.


However, Assistant Secretary Leonard Hornsby shares Pritchett’s Christian faith as a pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Mansfield and a former and existing student of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Dallas Baptist University, respectively.


Tarrant County College Board meeting minutes and footage can be accessed here.


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