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An Arizona mother sounded off Friday about the authoritarian behavior of her local school board president, defiantly telling Fox News’ Laura Ingraham that he and other board members need to be reminded that they’re the government and parents like her are “we the people.”
As previously reported, Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board president Jann-Michael Greenburg has been credibly accused of compiling a dossier of dissenting parents containing their home addresses, financial information, wedding/divorce filings, Social Security numbers, and even video/photo footage of them and their children.
Two of the parents targeted by the board were Amy Carney and Michelle Dillard. Both appeared on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” late Friday to talk about this scandal.
According to Dillard, while Greenburg’s behavior is particularly shocking, it does fit into an observable local pattern.
“We’ve been seeing it over the past few years that we’ve been active in going to school board meetings here in Arizona, to where they’re actually using law enforcement to investigate, follow us on our social media groups in an effort to intimidate, harass us and silence,” she said.
This is true. The Daily Caller reported early last week about one Arizona school district that was caught colluding with local police to investigate and hassle parents critical of the district’s policies on mask-wearing and racial essentialism.
“The Chandler Unified School District’s (CUSD) Director of School Safety was in communication with Sergeant Greg Howarth, a Chandler police officer, in April and May, as parents were protesting mandatory masking in schools, according to emails obtained by the blog ‘Not in our Schools,” the outlet reported.
“Howarth was tasked with aggregating intelligence on local concerned parent groups, all of whom are adamantly opposed to Critical Race Theory-inspired curriculum being taught in the district,” it added.
This sort of anti-parent behavior has sadly become a national phenomenon.
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In some cases, like in Loudoun County, Virginia, parents have won by voting out those officials and politicians who meddle in the lives of dissenting parents.
It’s not clear yet whether similar success will be found in the Scottsdale Unified School District. District officials reportedly initially tried to wash their hands clean of the scandal by claiming that Greenburg’s allegedly private behavior was not of their concern.
“While the existence of the [dossier] and its public record contents may raise concerns, such activities are not within the purview of the Scottsdale Unified School District to control,” the district said in a statement Wednesday.
Carney wasn’t pleased by this. Nor are other parents, she told Ingraham.
“Parents are so disappointed by the district trying to deflect what’s going on. I mean, that was just an email, you know, for damage control. But I mean, we really need the district to step up and to send out an apology and let us know that they’re investigating this,” she said.
“And, you know, we’re calling for the resignation of this board president because parents, you know, felt threatened, they felt endangered and this is not something that the district can just brush to the side,” she added.
The backlash that erupted — including hundreds of parents reportedly signing a petition demanding Greenburg’s ouster — eventually prompted the district into announcing sometime Friday that it would be “hiring an independent forensic investigator to determine if any school resources were used to compile” the dossier.
“We condemn all actions that detract from our goal of educating our students. We recognize that a vibrant and thriving community requires a strong public education system. By initiating an investigation, we can move forward with our mission of educating our students with the highest level of integrity and transparency. We will not let this matter deter us from that focus – and anything that detracts from that is something that the District cannot support,” the board wrote.
Continuing the discussion on Fox News, Dillard acknowledged that the fact that Greenburg was elected to his post does certainly complicate things.
“The thing is that the school boards are elected officials, so they are, for all intents and purposes, they are the government, and since they were elected, the school district does not have the power to just fire them. They should definitely be forceful and calls for resignation” she said.
Speaking of government, she’s equally concerned about the federal government’s decision to join the school boards’ war on parents.
“The federal government is now forming a special task force to investigate us, and one of the laws that they’re saying parents could potentially be charged with is a conspiracy against our rights,” she said.
“And the thing is that we are ‘we the people’ — we the parents are the people, and they are the government. And the Constitution and the laws are there to protect us against the very thing that they’re doing and trying to accuse us of doing and potentially wanting to charge us for,” she added.
The discussion concluded with Carney suggesting that, for all intents and purposes, those accusing parents of being “domestic terrorists” are the real bad guys.
“This latest scandal in Scottsdale…is proof…who[m] the label ‘domestic terrorist’ really belongs to. It’s not the parents,” she said.
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