INT. SCHOOL BOARD MEETING HALL, CALIFORNIA - DAY

PARENTS and STUDENTS fill the small hall.

The SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, all six of them, at a TABLE at the end of the hallway, faced by ANGRY SHOUTING PARENTS and STUDENTS.

HEAD OF DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, CALIFORNIA
With all of the undesirable attention, we want to unplug the Aloha Flow Program.

FREDDIE AUTREY, ESQ., COWBOY PARENT, 40’s, COWBOY HAT, OSTRICH BOOTS, WORN JEANS, a multi-millionaire.

COWBOY PARENT
You just try to shut the Aloha Flow Program down and I’ll slap you with a lawsuit so fast your face will be facin’ your back.

HEAD OF DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, CALIFORNIA
Please state your name before you speak and you are the parent of which student.

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION # 2, 60’s, puts hand over her MICROPHONE...

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION # 2
Don’t you watch the news? That’s Freddie Autrey, the highest paid litigation attorney in Beverly Hills! Court TV. Don’t you watch Court TV?

HEAD OF DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, CALIFORNIA
No, I don’t watch Court TV. Why is his son here?

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION # 2
Because his DAUGHTER stripped in school and was barred from attending every private school in Southern California.

FREDDIE AUTREY, ESQ.
Freddie Autrey, dauble in the law. So far I done pretty good.

It’s all a “good old country boy” disguise that goes over well with the Jury panelists and with the Students and their Parents in attendance, who APPLAUD.

HEAD OF DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, CALIFORNIA
Oh.... Mister Autrey...well.... We’ll take what you say in consideration...

Freddie Autrey nods to his WESTERN SECRETARIES # 1 and # 2 dressed in COUNTRY & WESTERN COWGIRL OUTFITS complete with WHITE OSTRICH BOOTS. They start to hand out DOCUMENTS.

Freddie thinks he’s in Court and plays it that way, winning over the Parents, Students, and the Board of Education Directors...

FREDDIE AUTREY, ESQ.
The disgraceful track record of the Board of Education in maintaining a safe and secure environment for our children is nil, zero, zilch. You’re supposed to maintain a safe school environment and these are the records of thefts, rapes, assaults, property damage against cars, school property, all in your area, in the past year. My own daughter is followed home, although I send the limo for her every day. The school's number one objective is teaching the children in a Safe Environment. There’s been a decrease in assaults in the Van Nuys High School since this program started. Nobody had followed my daughter home since this program started. I say we continue the program, or.... I’ll take appropriate action...

HEAD OF DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, CALIFORNIA
Oh, uh, of course Mister Autrey. We’ll take it under consideration. Now adjourn and we’ll have a private session.

FREDDIE AUTREY, ESQ.
You’ll have a public vote so we can see who voted what or we’ll recall the lot of you.

HEAD OF DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, CALIFORNIA
Convincing arguments, I’m sure that works well in a courtroom, but not here... Adjourn.

Freddie nods to his attractive YOUNG WIFE standing near the doorway with LEGAL DOCUMENTS BOUND WITH BLUE PAPER.

FREDDIE AUTREY, ESQ.
I have the injunctions all ready to go, first thing tomorrow morning, and oh, uh, the lawsuits.... One million for each of you...

HEAD OF DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, CALIFORNIA
You don’t scare us... you can’t intimidate us...

FREDDIE AUTREY, ESQ.
Class action is the word. For every student whose parents signed, against each of you... let’s see as of this night we have about three hundred signatures and by tomorrow we’ll have about all the rest as soon as they find out....

 

HEAD OF DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, CALIFORNIA
Well, a convincing argument. We’ll not be intimidated but due process, and in public is what our charter says... All in favor?

All the Board Members raise their hands quickly.

Head of Department of Education raises his hand...

HEAD OF DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, CALIFORNIA (CONT’D)
The motion carries unanimously.

FREDDIE AUTREY, ESQ.
Thank you ladies and gentlemen. I’ll be on my way.

Freddie is crowded by HAPPY PARENTS who pat him on the back, shake his hands, ask for his business card.

 
 


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