When a group of Delta County friends, whom Sheriff Fred McKee calls patriots, heard that some Fort Collins high school students were in need, they moved quickly to assemble a care package containing 60 copies of the U.S. Constitution and got them shipped off with no time wasted.
The box containing 60 printed U.S. Constitution booklets was sent to Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith for distribution to high school students who had almost lost their right to celebrate American patriotism at a school assembly.
Sheriff Smith had staged a one-man demonstration at the school on Feb. 4 after learning that administrators had cancelled a patriotic "America Day" observance for students.
The sheriff rapidly won support from parents and other locals there, and the event made the national news cycle.
In Delta County, Peach Valley farmer and Constitutional advocate Roger Bentley heard the news. He contacted friends Betty Oglesby and Ron Shreeves. The friends buy copies of the U.S. Constitution in bulk and distribute them free of charge to individuals and at community events.
With the help and cooperation of Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee and Montrose County Sheriff Rick Dunlap, the educational materials were sent off to Sheriff Smith with a letter of support from McKee.
Bentley said the U.S. Constitutions were sent to Sheriff Smith with the intent they would be distributed during the school's "America Day" celebration, and also to show support for Sheriff Smith's stand.
"We really need to get behind our sheriffs, especially in cases when they do an exceptionally good job for us," Bentley said.
McKee explained that upon learning of the school's "America Day" cancellation, "Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith went to the high school waving the American flag and in a short time he was joined by many citizens. The high school relented and reinstated the 'America Day' tradition."
McKee said he was then contacted by "A group of local patriots who donated (60) pocket U.S. Constitutions to Montrose Sheriff Dunlap and me. We sent them up to Sheriff Smith to distribute at their 'America Day,' expressing our support for his actions."
Sheriff McKee also noted, "Delta County School District has a similar day where a portion of the school day is set aside for U.S. Constitution study."blog comments powered by Disqus