September 23, 2023

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‘The Order’ holds rally to try to save public college run by polygamous sect

‘The Order’ holds rally to try to save public college run by polygamous sect

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — Greater than a thousand college students held a rally on Friday at a public college that caters to members of the polygamous Kingston group.

They stated they’re upset with the state’s resolution to fireside Vanguard Academy’s total college board.

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In keeping with one of many organizers, there have been about 1,500 folks rallying on Decker Lake Lane in West Valley Metropolis – largely college students from Vanguard Academy and Ensign Studying Heart, the non-public elementary college additionally run by the Kingston household simply throughout the road.

Officers with the West Valley Metropolis Police Division stood by to make sure the children have been protected as they rallied.

The demonstrators held indicators saying:

  • “Disgrace on Utah”
  • “Are you listening Governor Cox?”
  • “Maintain the Constitution Board accountable”
  • “Why do you hate us?”

Final week, the Utah State Constitution Faculty Board (SCSB) determined to take away Vanguard Academy’s total board after they confirmed the outcomes of a FOX 13 Information investigation first printed almost two years in the past, exhibiting how Kingston board members have been approving tens of millions of taxpayer {dollars} to be spent on Kingston household companies.

The funds haven’t stopped.

FOX 13 Investigates: Public college run by polygamous Kingston group continues appointing members of the family

The Kingston group is also referred to as the “Davis County Cooperative Society” or “The Order.”

Vanguard Academy can also be difficult whether or not the state had the authorized authority to make that call. They admit most of its college students and 7 of its 9 board members are a part of the Kingston group, though they insist the college shouldn’t be spiritual.

They submitted into proof paperwork from 61 mother and father who swore below oath that they are going to be “pressured” to take away their college students from the college if the choice stands as a result of they worry spiritual discrimination.

When FOX 13 Information reviewed the names of these mother and father, we discovered almost 75 p.c share the identical final title as somebody who has acquired cash from the college, both as an worker or vendor.

A decide is anticipated to decide on September 7.

If nothing modifications, the board will seemingly be eliminated and changed on September 8.