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The co-chair of the Fort Worth Independent School District’s Racial Equity Committee is being defended by the group after she exposed the phone numbers, addresses and work information of parents who sued the school district over their mask mandate.
Norma Garcia-Lopez, was reportedly not co-chair of the committee at the time that she doxxed the parents involved in the lawsuit, but she told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that the parents who sued the school district put Fort Worth students– who are nearly 90% minority– in danger.
Data from the CDC have shown that the pandemic has had a larger impact on people of color.
FT. Worth, TX school board member NORMA GARCIA-LOPEZ doxxed parents who sued about mask mandates. She published their names, addresses & phone numbers online.
— Claire Balan (@CBalan010611) November 19, 2021
“Some people consider my actions doxxing. It’s not doxxing when you expose someone who filed a public motion in a public court of law that impacts public school children,” Garcia-Lopez told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Some committee members voiced their staunch support for Garcia’s questionable actions.
History professor at Texas Christian University and a member of the committee, Max Krochmal, announced at last Thursday’s meeting that he filed a resolution urging the school district to affirm “support for Norma Garcia-Lopez as co-chair of the Racial Equity Committee, with a note of appreciation and thanks.”
In August, the disgruntled Garcia-Lopez posted the full names of the parents involved in the suit on Facebook.
“It’s astounding what the ‘White Privilege’ power from Tanglewood has vs a whole diverse community that cares for the well being of others. These are their names: Jennifer Treger, Todd Daniel, Kerri Rehmeyer and a coward Jane Doe. Internet do your thang,” she wrote.
She went on to share the phone number and address of Treger, and Rehmeyer’s employer, her phone number, and her work email address.
One local activist commented on the post, thanking her for sharing the information.
“They definitely need to be called out,” Garcia-Lopez wrote back.
The soon-to-be co-chair also reportedly left a profanity-laden voicemail for one of the parents.
“F— you, you stupid b—-. F— you with your White privilege, not caring about the well-being of others, f— you,” Garcia-Lopez said in the message, that was provided exclusively to Fox News.
“My message contained harsh language — no threats,” Garcia-Lopez told the Fort-Worth Star Telegram, “Some people find my choice of words in that message offensive. But what’s really offensive is that four white parents could hold so much power.”
A temporary injunction was granted by a judge in August saying that a school district could not mandate mask-use, and that ruling has been upheld by courts of appeal.
In last Thursday’s committee meeting, Garcia-Lopez claimed that her support for mask mandates was an important means to advocate for children.
“When we’re advocating for their health and safety, for mask mandates, for vaccines, for everything, for all the equity in the classrooms, that’s because we care, not because we don’t,” she told attendees.
Norma Garcia Lopez is the Co-Chair of the FWISD Racial Equity Committee. One of the parents sent me a voicemail that Norma left to the parent. In the voicemail, the Co-Chair uses vulgar language and white privilege to insult the parent. pic.twitter.com/LIje8P65uh
— Carlos Turcios (@Carlos__Turcios) November 19, 2021
Notably, children are significantly less likely to be impacted by the virus, those who contract it often recover more quickly than adults and oftentimes children won’t show symptoms even if they are carrying it.
Internet doxxers rebutted, and inevitably found and released the co-chairwoman’s personal information.
Garcia-Lopez allegedly received messages with “racist and fat-shaming statements,” demands that she “go back to Mexico,” messages calling her “a great candidate for having a stroke,” and others threatening her life and the safety of her family, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
“They sent a lynch mob to attack me. They want to silence me from advocating for equity, by pressuring me into resigning as co-chair of the Racial Equity Committee,” Garcia-Lopez said after getting a taste of her own medicine.
Rehmeyer, one of the mothers targeted by Garcia, said she did not release Garcia-Lopez’s information, but that she simply went to the media with her story.
The mother called any threats on the co-chairwoman “just totally uncalled-for.”
Rehmeyer said parents’ criticisms had nothing to do with equity work, but everything to do with how Garcia-Lopez treated other parents.
“She’s not holding to the standards that they have for teachers and students,” the doxxed mother said.
The group of parents whose information was exposed forwarded screenshots of Garcia-Lopez’s actions to the school board, but never heard back.
“It’s unacceptable to me that they’re not holding her accountable,” Rehmeyer added.
“It is unacceptable that the ISD is not holding the co-chair accountable for her actions. She doxxed parents and financially impacted one of the parents’ businesses. What type of leadership is the committee and FWISD showing to its students? That bullying and intimidation are OK? That it’s fine to leave voicemails harassing parents if they disagree with you?” Carlos Turcios, a former member of the Racial Equity Committee, told Fox News.
Garcia-Lopez and the school board have reportedly not responded to multiple requests from Fox News for comment.
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