I have maintained for years that the teacher’s unions’ attitude toward school children and their parents has rubbed off on many school boards run by leftists and many, but not all, of the teachers who are in those unions. I believe for the longest time the unions and then teachers and school board people have cared more about the employment of adults than the education of our kids. And they are certainly proving that since the COVID-19 virus has given them an issue to exploit to do what unions do best: do the least amount of work for the most pay.
Every member of a northern California school board resigned once a video of them seen and heard trash-talking parents went viral. In a virtual meeting, the school officials mocked and ridiculed parents who wanted in-person public education to resume.
A petition was started not long after the video was loaded to the Internet that called for the school board member’s resignations. The petition got thousands of signatures very quickly. The Democrats are either too stupid or too arrogant to have cared, but either way, they misjudged the amount of anger and frustration that is out there among American parents for what these people did to their children and their families’ lives.
On Friday, the president of the Oakley Union Elementary School District and three other members resigned after they were caught on a hot mic berating parents who want their children’s schools reopened.
President Lisa Brizendine, as well as Erica Ippolito, Kim Beede, and Richie Masadas resigned after the video went viral of their trashing parents, including calling them drug users.
Greg Hetrick, the superintendent of schools for that district on Friday announced the board’s resignation disavowing the “truly inappropriate comments.”
“The comments made were not in alignment with our vision and are definitely not what any of us stand for as leaders,” Hetrick told Fox News. “I know that we lost trust with the community. I will not make excuses for what happened or why it happened.”
The superintendent said that the empty slots on the school board will be replaced temporarily by members of another education board until such time as new a school is seated.
Brizendine gave a formal apology after she resigned as president of the school board.
“I am raising a 10-year-old with special needs and having him home during this pandemic, while also holding down two jobs to support my family has been a huge stress,” Brizendine said. “I suffer with many of the same things that parents are going through from mental health issues to regression. My remark was callous and uncalled for and for that I am truly sorry.”
Then she shouldn’t have allowed being said what was said especially knowing it was being recorded on video. The difference here is that the parents aren’t the ones who made fun of her. She also showed zero empathy toward parents who are trying to keep things together at home during the pandemic lockdowns many of who have lost their jobs because of it, all the while knowing of the psychological effects on children who are being kept out of school all year long. She herself acted as if parents are upset because they don’t want to take care of their own children and that’s why they want them back in school.
“It’s really unfortunate that they want to pick on us because they want their babysitters back,” Brizendine said about parents during the video, which she thought was a private conversation with her peers, but was being broadcast to the public and recorded. She also insulted teachers by calling them “babysitters.”
School board member Richie Masadas insinuated that parents are upset that schools are shut down because children being at home means the parents can’t smoke marijuana during the day while they’re around. In the video, Masadas said his brother is a cannabis delivery person, which about 5 or so years ago would have been called a drug dealer, “and the clientele were parents with their kids in school.”
Oakley Union trustee Kim Beede broke out with profanity during a public video being recorded.
“Are we alone?” she asked. “B****, if you’re gonna call me out, I’m going to f*** you up. Sorry, that’s just me.”
Beede, Masadas, and Ippolito issued an apology.
“We deeply regret the earlier comments that were made in the meeting of the Board of Education earlier this week,” the statement read. “As trustees, we realize it is our responsibility to model the conduct that we expect of our students and staff, and it is our obligation to build confidence in district leadership; our comments failed you in both regards, and for this we offer our sincerest apology.”
Ashley Stalf, who has a 6-year-old daughter that goes to a school in the district, had some words to express her feelings about the school board making derogatory remarks about parents.
“We meet regularly with the board as parents and we’re constantly sending in letters and emails and telling them our griefs and our strife’s over distance learning,” Stalf told “Fox & Friends.” “It seems as of late that they mocked us, that we’re just complaining and we have nothing better to do.” Except for maybe smoke pot all day, right?
Stalf asked, “What are their true intentions, if they feel so freely that they can talk, you know, on a mic that may or may not be hot, what’s truly being said behind closed doors?” and that’s a very good question.
Parents are angry and frustrated since public schools in California have been closed for in-person teaching for months. And it doesn’t appear that the current regime is going to let up on that anytime soon.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical adviser to Thief-in-Chief Joe Biden, said earlier this month that schools should not open up again until the massive $1.9 trillion COVID-19 economic stimulus plan is passed. In other words, it’s not going to happen anytime soon. The biggest problem people have with this is knowing that kids are the least likely super-spreaders of this virus. Inside the classroom would be an entirely safe environment for the student and teachers, and they know it.
Rich is syndicated opinion columnist for David Harris Jr. and owner of Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty and faith.
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