A joint statement issued by North Georgia Solitaries, Dogwood Local Council, Covenant of the Goddess, the Lady Liberty League, and Circle Sanctuary reads, in part:
After concerns spread about some problems with accommodating Pagan students needs at Bowdon Elementary School (BES), there was an overwhelming show of community support for the Turner family of Carroll County in western Georgia, USA. Many local Pagans and associated organizations reached out to assist the Turners by providing emotional support and offering practical advice. The Turners have been deeply touched by this out-pouring of spirit and wish to express their sincerest gratitude.
In addition, a Task Force of local and national Pagan organizations have come together to help resolve issues between the Turners and BES. The Task Force also hopes to provide the school with Pagan accommodation information and materials with the hopes of avoiding misunderstandings and other problems in the future. Represented in this group are the North Georgia Solitaries (NGS), both the local and national chapters of the Covenant of the Goddess, Circle Sanctuary and Lady Liberty League.
Currently, Carroll County Schools, led by the assistant superintendent, has expressed an active interest in resolving the current tensions and is planning to meet with Ms. Turner. The family and the Task Force are requesting that those with concerns about their situation do not directly contact the school or its employees. It is important that everyone involved have the maximum space needed to focus on resolving this conflict in a positive way. However, all concerned individuals are welcome to show their support for the Turners through the Turner Family Support Facebook fan page or through the simple use of prayers and energy toward a peaceful resolution and healing.
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So, it definitely sounds as though progress is being made on the family's behalf. I should note that I did contact the superintendent of the district for a comment when the story broke, but never heard back. However, I also recognize that hundreds - possibly even thousands - of people were flooding district email boxes with mail expressing their concern about this issue. Again, to reiterate the point of the press release - please refrain from sending any more emails, because we've spoken enough to get their attention. Now, I'd suggest we sit back and let the Task Force do what they can, and see how things turned out. Thanks to all of you for supporting this student, and for helping to spread the word!
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