A member of the board 'theorized' that parents want schools to reopen so 'they can spend the day getting high'
You would expect the trustees of a school to have the best interest of the students at heart and to take things seriously when parents approached them with concerns. Trustees of a northern California school board has now resigned en masse after a videotape surfaced which shows them mocking the parents of their school district, the Dailywire reported.
The parents had written to the school board of the Oakley Union Elementary School District, expressing that they wanted the schools to reopen. During a pre-meeting session, a member who had spoken to a frustrated parent can be heard saying, “B****, if you are going to call me out, I am going to f*** you up.” Another then commented, “They want their babysitters back.” “Another member of the board theorized that parents want their kids to go back to school so they can spend the day getting high,” Reason reported. “The board also discussed whether it would be possible to change the public comment portion of their meetings so that members of the public would be cut off automatically after three minutes of speaking time,” the report further said.
After the video came to light, a parent told ABC7, “I thought the board members were also advocates for my child and had her best interests at heart. After [Wednesday’s] incident, it really has me thinking that they don’t. They see us writing letters monthly, weekly, to the board members, detailing our stresses and grief about distance learning. For them to say we are doing nothing and sitting home and smoking pot is far from the truth.”
School Superintendent Gregory Hetrick issued a statement apologizing for the board, saying, “I know that our students deserve better from us. I pledge to work collaboratively with stakeholders and community members to begin doing the important work that is needed to rebuild community trust in our district.”
A petition was launched calling for the board members to resign along with a statement from the mayor of Oakley, Sue Higgins, who said, “Quite frankly, I am embarrassed for our community as this meeting has now gone both national internationally at a time when we are not only trying to stop the spread of the virus, but also try and safely reopen schools. I encourage the remaining board members to do the right thing and step down.”