A parent advocate charged with trespassing at a Chesterfield County school is scheduled to appear in court today.
Kandise Lucas, a special education advocate, was arrested at Meadowbrook High School at the end of April when she attended a meeting with the parent of a student with special needs who was attempting to have her son transferred to another school.
School officials declined to comment Monday.
Lucas’ lawyer, Alexander Taylor, said officials banned her from school property in 2011 after Lucas allegedly recorded meetings on special needs students’ individual education plans and declined to give copies of those recordings to the school district.
But since then, Lucas represented special needs students at meetings on school property, Taylor said.
“She’s been an advocate for kids for quite some time,” Taylor said. “She had been invited to participate by the parents. And the information she had was (that) she was invited from the head of the (individual education plan) meeting.”
The Virginia State Conference of the NAACP said it plans to appear in court today in support of Lucas “as an advocate for families as well as her right not to be subjected to retaliatory actions and abuse of authority by Chesterfield County Public Schools,” according to a statement.
The NAACP said it attempted to mediate the dispute with school administrators but received no response.