State Sen. Dallas Heard, R-Myrtle Creek, speaks during a rally at the Douglas County Courthouse in August 2020.

State Sen. Dallas Heard, R-Myrtle Creek, said he turned up at Douglas High School Wednesday morning for a speech that some students invited him to give, but the administration kicked him out.

Heard said he had planned to give his speech outdoors to allow for social distancing.

The speech was to be on the topic of fundamental individual rights, he said.

“It is important to help the youth understand that government must always have certain restraints in order to ensure our freedoms, and freedoms for all individuals in our society. I was going to speak to them about how bullying, no matter what form it takes, is not acceptable,” he said.

Heard said his visit had been cleared with the school’s administration prior to his arrival. He said he arrived at 6:30 a.m. and some students helped him set up sound equipment.

Ten minutes later, he said, the first police vehicle arrived and two more showed up shortly after that.

At about 6:50 a.m., he was approached by a school resource officer and told that he was trespassing and must leave.

He said the school officials did not speak to him directly, and Winston-Dillard School District Superintendent Kevin Miller called and would talk only through the police officer on the other end of the line, not to Heard directly.

He also said Douglas High School Principal Craig Anderson stood about 150 feet away and would speak only to the school’s resource officer.

“At one point I was told that I would be able to deliver my remarks so long as I ‘stood on the highway’ to deliver them,” he said.

“I truly am at a loss as to why the administration would take what was clearly a premeditated action, and conduct their business the way they did. If at any point they had had an issue with me coming to speak to the students, they could have just as easily reached out to me in advance and we could have avoided this conflict,” he said.

He said he’s “greatly discouraged by what took place yesterday,” and the students’ voices “should not be silenced.”

A spokesperson for the Winston-Dillard Public School District said the district was declining comment for this story.

Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at ccegavske@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4213.

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Country Craftsman

They could not even talk with the man face to face.

These cowards are in charge of children's education.

Any parent who has a child attending Douglas High school should demand a explanation as to the actions taken by so called adults.

If kids acted like these disrespectful buffoons spank their bottoms and send them to bed with out dinner.


“Schools and schooling have become a flashpoint for America's culture war — for adults… in actuality…grown-up fears and fury are disconnected from students' most pressing concerns… a 16-year-old from San Mateo, California, said she feels like a pawn: Most of the problems that adults are talking about, she said, it's a lot less important to us right now. They're saying, 'This is for the kids,' but they're not really listening to us kids… Masks are annoying, but they're not terrible; and if they are (or even might be) effective, why waste energy arguing about it… By the first day, I'd forgotten that I was wearing a mask. I tried to drink water through it! It's not that big of a deal. You get used to it.”

From Texas, Nadia concurred. "I feel like they should maybe stop arguing with each other and see what the younger generation has to say about it, since they're the ones who are being impacted the most."


Robert Heilman

My guess is that the school superintendent was reacting due to the threats against the Winston-Dillard School District's School Board members. Given Mr. Heard's past incendiary anti-masking statements, penchant for addressing angry mobs and involvement with Citizens Against Tyranny it would be easy to see his appearance on school grounds as a worrisome safety problem. Dallas is not known as a peacemaker.


It may also have to do with the fact that OSHA is investigating three complaints against the district.


I believe Douglas High is the same school where football coach Robin Knebel quit last week in protest to the Governor's vaccine and outdoor mask mandates. According to Mr. Knebel (below link):

“I told the (players) before practice,” the 39-year-old Knebel said. “You have to do what you think is right and I think it’s the right decision. I have certain opinions on vaccines and masks, and I hate the idea of being forced to do it. I don’t feel like masks are right. It’s all about choice, and we should be able to make our own decisions."

Though Mr. Knebel quit coaching the football team, Mr. Knebel remains a counselor at the school where he will still have to wear a mask and be vaccinated. I feel sorry for Douglas High school kids who are provided such distorted leaders to look up to.



Douglas County Commissioner Chris Boice also spoke at the same anti-mask rally at the County Courthouse with Sen. Herard in the picture attached to this article.

C Boice

and what did I say Mike? You don't know do you? Because you were not there, you did not speak to anyone that was there, and the reporter did not tell you... but, AGAIN, every single piece of information that has come out of our office has encouraged people to follow the guidelines...


Which guidelines? Are you talking about the guidelines proposed at the Board of Commissioners meeting that said, "There is no call for social distancing...There is no call to close events...People should go about their lives...This virus, like most viruses, will cycle through and we’ll move on to the next thing.”


Knebel seems to not have a problem with the "mandate" that football players wear helmets. Think he would have played for the Ducks had he refused to wear a helmet?

Smart A

The majority of our student's voices we not silenced, they were respected by your dismissal. Keep your pandering for votes and your politics out of our schools. We don't need an anti-mask rally. Our kids are back to school.

Greg Norman

Douglas County deserves better. Kudos to the school district for allowing your kids and teachers to focus on school. We all know there is a lot of catch up needed for kids after last year.


Just like his idol 45, Heard cares nothing about governing or working for the people, only grandstanding and catering to his base. He does not realize that the difference between a public school is that one is suppose to learn something there where as a place like a religious school one is suppose to listen to sermons. I surprised his buddy timber timmy didn't join him. But it is probably difficult for him to roll our of bed that early unless a buffet breakfast is involved.


Shameless grandstander desperate for attention.


As a graduate of DHS, and the mother and grandmother of kids who have gone to public schools, I am astounded by this story. It sounds like either the politician's appearance at the school should not have been approved before the date of the appearance or that the school administration is cowtowing to the Teacher's Union and behaving in a manner unbecoming of adults. What did the kids learn from this debacle? Nothing worthwhile!!!


He was invited by some students. And apparently it was not approved.


Douglas County's BIG mistake was electing a right wing nutjob to the Oregon senate. He has done NOTHING in the state senate that benefits the constituents he is supposed to represent. All he does is throw childish temper tantrums. He is not an effective politician. He is a bad joke and a political hack.


Another crystal clear example of The Left (Liberals) shutting down free speech... just what are you all so afraid of? THE TRUTH????


I'm all for free speech. Why don't you please explain to us why you believe it was "Liberals" shutting down whatever it was that Heard was fixin' to do? Can you explain your opinion?


Liberals are not afraid of the truth. We love the truth. What we do not like is lies, such as the ones Dallas Heard repeats endlessly about wearing masks.


Being a representative does not authorize anyone the right to enter school grounds and pitch a tent or set up a platform to spew nonsense. Good work to the School to expel Dallas Heard. He probably didn't even graduate from high school. Why let trolls into the campus? We have heard enough of Heard. Stop giving these crazy lunatics the pulpit. It is time to stop the nonsense of these conspiracy driven, my right to be a fool, my right to kill vaccinated people by my actions and my dying right to still believe the election was stolen. We need new blood. Heard has to go. His offensive mouth and actions do not make him a professional nor viable representative other than maybe his own gardening service. Even the plants would boot him off.


Cop a clue, Heard. You may be able to brainwash evangelicals but stay away from our kids. You're too sick and twisted to be a positive influence on anyone. Your New Republican Party playbook tactics have run their course with decent folk in the county. You're done.


Is there ANYTHING Sen. Dallas Heard does that DOESN'T destroy the very fabric of society?


They should only let him back on campus when he decides to take his GED.


When the cops have to remove you from school grounds, it's a problem. This guy has serious issues. We'll see who's lying. At what point does he become a danger to society? Yes, we DO need to have that conversation. This was at a school, remember? With children present.


His ideas are a clear and present danger. Lock him up.

Huge bbfan

It's not surprising that an Oregon school would not want to teach their students about individual rights.


It would be a huge surprise if you ever went to school 😜


Sounds like the invite was extended by the students -- not the school; there might be an authority lesson there that even you might benefit by. Besides, Mr. and Mrs. Trump have pretty much beat the subject of bullying into oblivion...don't really need Heard's help understanding the official Trump pastime.


"I was going to speak to them about how bullying, no matter what form it takes, is not acceptable" said Heard. That is really rich from the person who organized a group that tyrannizes little old ladies and businesses that do not conform to his idea of freedom.

And then there's this from the senator oho never replies to emails phone calls letters or anything else from his constituents: "If at any point they had had an issue with me coming to speak to the students, they could have just as easily reached out to me in advance."

Gee Dallas, quit the whining. You are nothing but a big bad troublemaker.


melrosereader: spot on. Local bully melts down into sniveling victimhood.

Actually, I think the N-R headline writer should have used those words.



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