The great school board wars of 2021 may have opened a whole new chapter according to reports out of Arizona, where the chair of the Scottsdale School Board allegedly maintained a dossier containing personal information on “wacko” and “lunatic” parents.
Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board President Jann-Michael Greenburg is being accused of hitting parents with such radical classifications if they opposed mask mandates for schoolchildren or critical race theory, the toxic creed that teaches children to judge one another by the color of their skin and casts white students as oppressors, and is now being pressured to resign, according to the Arizona Daily Independent.
The Google drive included subfolders labeled “ANTI MASK LUNATICS” and “SUSD WACKOS,” and contained information like Social Security numbers of parents, home addresses and private contact information, and financial records from several parents involved in a local concerned parent Facebook group. Information such as mortgage statements, bankruptcy filings, and divorce filings, the newspaper reported, having reviewed the drive, which was last updated Sunday morning.
There was also a subfolder labeled, “PRESS CONFERENCE PSYCHOS,” and the drive reportedly featured screenshots of parents’ social media activity and photos of children, and can be seen by anyone who has the link.
Yet, Attorney General Merrick Garland seems to think concerned parents could be on the level of domestic terrorists, having directed the FBI to work with U.S. attorneys and meet with federal, state and local leaders to “facilitate the discussion of strategies for addressing threats against school administrators, board members, teachers and staff and open dedicated lines of communication for threat reporting, assessment and response.”
The drive’s existence was discovered by a parent involved in a heated email chain with Greenburg after the school board president accidentally displayed the URL in a screenshot. The district responded to the outcry by blaming Greenburg’s father, Mark Greenburg, the article noted.
The elder Greenburg is listed as the drive owner, the Arizona Daily Independent reported, citing an August 2021 SUSD Special Governing Board Meeting to add that Jann-Michael stated at the time that he shared a computer with his father. They also share a home, making it unclear who was maintaining the drive, though the school board president apparently knew of its existence — he has denied any involvement.
Parents are calling on Greenburg — who was caught on a hot mic at the meeting muttering “Jesus f——- Christ, people,” after a parent challenged a claim that over 70 percent of district parents support mask mandates, according to the newspaper — to step down, accusing him of an “unacceptable abuse of power.”
“I am calling for the immediate resignation of our board president Jann-Michael Greenburg, said Amy Carney. “We cannot allow anyone in a leadership position to secretly compile personal documents and information on moms and dads who have dared speak out publicly or on social media about their grievances with the district.”
The mother of six is running for a seat on the Scottsdale Governing Board in November of 2022.
“We request President Greenburg’s resignation from the Governing Board effective immediately for this and other recent embarrassments to our district,” Carney added.
According to attorney Alexander Kolodin, of the Davillier Law Group, who spoke with the Daily Independent, there are reports that Greenburg’s father “undertook these acts while he kept his face hidden under a helmet and was wearing motorcycle gear,” which may have violated state and federal laws “prohibiting both intimidation generally and voter intimidation.”
“These allegations are deeply troubling, especially as concerns the photography of a minor child without parental consent and the taking down of license plate numbers of parents who Mr. Greenberg supposedly perceived as political opponents,” Kolodin said. “Mr. Greenberg is an elected member of the school board. If such a photograph was taken with his express or tacit consent, he would potentially be liable for violations of Arizona’s Parents’ Bill of Rights, which recognizes a parent’s ‘fundamental’ right to consent before the government makes a video or voice recording of the minor child.”
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