School Board Resigns After Members Criticizing Parents | 22 Words

In perhaps one of the most shocking stories of the year so far, an entire school board has resigned after members were caught brutally criticizing and mocking parents who were having to homeschool their children.

You won't believe some of the things these members said...

Because as so many of us parents can agree...

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The last year has been tough, so say the least.

​Millions of children who usually attend school suddenly found themselves being homeschooled every day...

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By their parents.

Yikes.

Of course, this wasn't ideal for many busy parents...

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And the prospect of juggling both a career and the education of their children was very daunting for the majority.

But nevertheless, so many of us dedicated parents have stepped up and taken on the role of teacher...


Because our kids are totally worth it, right?

That's not to say it's been easy, however!


And I'm sure we'll all be the first to admit that we're very eager for our children to return to school.

Because being a parent is a full-time job...

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And unless you have children yourself, you probably won't understand the responsibilities and requirements that come with raising a child.

Well, it seems as if members of the board in charge of elementary and middle schools in Oakley, California, don't quite see it this way...


And what they had to say is truly shocking.

Of course, this shocking attitude has appalled so many hard-working parents...

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On February 17th, Oakley Unified Elementary School District Board of Trustees held an online meeting that allowed parents to be present...

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But before the start of the meeting, the board members were speaking to each other as parents logged on... without realizing they weren't muted.

During 2 very painful minutes, members of the board went on to savagely disrespect the parents of the school district...


And they were heard mocking parents, suggesting they wanted teachers back in school so they could have "their babysitters back" and so they could go back to "smoking marijuana."

The response to the board members' comments was swift and furious; another reminder of the rage and anguish many parents are feeling as school closures drag into the spring.

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Thousands of people went on to sign an online petition calling for the resignation of all 4 board members, who were heard laughing and jeering at parents.

"Parents were tuned in to learn if we will be sending our kids back to school soon and if not, why. There has been a lack of communication from the board and this was the first communication we heard," the petition reads.

The mayor of Oakley, Sue Higgins, said that although she had no jurisdiction over the Oakley Union Elementary School District, she called on board members to resign, according to East County Today.


Well, more than 7,000 people ended up signing the petition and, today, it seems as if the persistence has paid off.

On February 19th, the district superintendent, Greg D. Hetrick, announced that all 4 members, including the president, Lisa Brizendine, had resigned from the board of trustees...


And according to the New York Times, a fifth member had stepped down from the board in January, so the resignations have left the board entirely without trustees.

3 members, Kim Beede, Richie Masadas, and Erica Ippolito, said in a statement that they "deeply regret the comments" and were resigning to "help facilitate the healing process."

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​"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," they said in the statement, which was included in a letter from Mr. Hetrick announcing the resignations.

"Our comments failed you in both regards, and for this, we offer our sincerest apology."

Let's hope that these members have learned a valuable lesson from this foolish mistake...

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And let's also hope that our children are back in school very soon.

For more on schools and the progress they've been making in the pandemic, scroll on...