Cali School Board Caught On Hot Mic Bashing Parents, What Happened Next- Priceless
What would you do if your child's school board went on a full-blown public tirade against, you, the parent? That's exactly what happened in northern California. Members of the Oakley Union Elementary School District thought they were on a closed zoom meeting with co-workers when the group began ripping into parents for wanting the schools to reopen.
Just one problem, the call was open to the public. Brilliance at its finest, let me tell ya.
The call got insanely nasty with board members insinuating parents are lazy drug users, claimed that parents just want their 'babysitters' (teachers) back, while another profanely swore to physically fight a parent.
Of course, the public was outraged but then the best thing happened. All members of the board resigned.
President Lisa Brizendine, as well as Kim Beede, Erica Ippolito, and Richie Masadas, all resigned after becoming infamous on the internet once the footage went viral.
The district's superintendent, Greg Hetrick, announced the board's resignation on Friday and disavowed 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."
Hetrick said that the departing school board would temporarily be replaced by members of the Contra Costa County education board, according to Mercury News. The school district is about 50 miles east of San Francisco.
Brizendine issued an apology after announcing her resignation 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."
However, during the viral video, Brizendine didn't seem to show empathy toward parents who are struggling to balance their new stressful pandemic lives where they have taken a greater role in the education of their children.
"It's really unfortunate that they want to pick on us because they want their babysitters back," Brizendine said of parents in 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 seemed to suggest that parents are upset that classrooms are closed because children being home interrupts the adults smoking marijuana. Masadas said his brother is a cannabis delivery person, "and the clientele were parents with their kids in school." He allegedly noted that the parents were angry because could no longer "smoke up" now that their kids are home.
Oakley Union trustee Kim Beede reportedly went on a profanity-laced tirade during the eight-minute video.
"Are we alone? "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 joint statement by now ex-board members reads. "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."