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Yelm City Council Member Crossman criticized for ‘Inappropriate Actions’

Yelm Councilor Joshua Crossman.
Credit: City of Yelm

Yelm City Council Member Criticized for ‘Inappropriate Actions’

  • Editor’s note: I have seen the referenced Facebook post of the school employee and I agree with Councilor Roy that Crossman crossed a line.
  • There was nothing in the post that was threatening which required any response by Crossman.
  • Bottom line: Any internal issue with a Yelm Schools employee is handled under the oversight of the Yelm Schools Superintendent, and not some city council member’s interference!
  • This is not the first time a sitting Yelm council member has attempted to use their public seat to coerce the council to enjoin their personal agenda(s).
  • That Council member Crossman wanted to use his position as a bully-pulpit is disgraceful!
  • As Councilor Roy so aptly said about Crossman, “to purposefully go out of his way to negatively affect someone’s life by asking if the city can take action against someone for expressing their First Amendment right is shameful.”
  • Click here to hear Council member Roy in her own words. Start at 10:45.
  • Click here for the city council’s Minutes of the June 28, 2022 meeting with this topic (page 4).
  • UPDATE JULY 19, 2022: NVN: Councilmember Addresses Email on Roe v. Wade at Yelm City Council Meeting

UPDATE: Mr. Crossman contacted me to ask why I did not seek him out for comment before I published this report. I told him his letters speak for themselves. I stand by my remarks.

The correspondence shows Mr. Crossman did not directly call the Yelm Schools person who was the subject of his concern. That could have avoided all of this! Read the correspondence:

1. June 25, 2022,

2. June 25, 2022,

3. June 27, 2022,

4. June 27, 2022.

From the Nisqually Valley News:

Yelm City Council member Joshua Crossman faced verbal backlash at the June 28 Yelm City Council meeting for “inappropriate actions” regarding his response to a Yelm School District employee’s social media post on the Supreme Court’s recent overturn of Roe v. Wade.

During the meeting, councilmember Line Roy responded to an email sent by Crossman to all of the councilors.

‘”I am disappointed in the inappropriate actions made by Councilmember Crossman toward a Yelm School District employee regarding a social media post made on a personal account concerning the monumental decision of the Supreme Court in an email sent to all of city council with a subject line ‘inappropriate Facebook statement by Yelm school employee,’” Roy stated

“Councilmember Crossman stated that the employee was inciting violence in the community and asked if there were any actions the city could take against this individual.”


“I do not see a call to cause damage or insight violence. This was not about feeling physically threatened. This was about attempting to silence someone who disagrees with you. I will not be silenced,” Roy said. “For Councilmember Crossman to purposefully go out of his way to negatively affect someone’s life by asking if the city can take action against someone for expressing their First Amendment right is shameful.”

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Posted by Steve on July 11, 2022 at 12:31 am | Permalink

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