When parents in one California district heard what the school board members were saying about them behind their backs, the retaliation was immediate. It was so harsh that the entire nest of rats resigned in disgrace en masse.
Cold board members and a hot mic
The Oakley Elementary School District board has four seats, all of them vacant. The sitting group ran for the hills before they got nailed to the table by a mob of angry parents. Some of them, according to one biased committee member, are a little edgy because they can’t “smoke out” with their kids underfoot.
The rest just want to “get their babysitters back.” Just because someone tells you the video conference is private doesn’t mean that it is. This one was supposed to be but it didn’t turn out that way.
The cold and callous board members were having a Zoom meeting to kick around the idea of actually re-opening schools which had been mothballed by California’s lockdown overreaction to the pandemic.
Despite them treating Covid-19 like it was the Andromeda Strain, they have the same curve as Florida. In the conservative state, they took the exact opposite approach. Having kids back in school and annoying teachers in person again is unthinkable to Golden State liberals.
It was Lisa Brizendine, who happens to be the president of the Oakley Elementary School District board, who made the inflammatory remark on Wednesday that the only thing on parents minds was they “want their babysitters back.”
The members thought their chat was private. What they didn’t realize was they “had provided log-in information” on their official website. Oops. One of the parents happened to tune in.
Hit the record button
When the lurking guardian heard the nasty comments they started recording the absurdly vicious nonsense for evidence. Then they shared it to YouTube where it went instantly viral.
Brisendine issued an apology with her pink slip. The other board members, Kim Beede, Erica Ippolito and Richie Masadas also resigned, in disgrace, on Friday.
During the video, which runs about eight minutes, the board was discussing “remote learning” and the “negative feedback” they were hearing from parents. Kim Beede glanced around conspiratorially and asked, “are we alone?” when mistakenly assured they were, she wasn’t shy. “If you’re going to call me out, I’m gonna f— you up,” she said. “That’s just me.”
Brizendine admits that to her, parents don’t even seem human anymore. “I forget that there’s real people on the other side of those letters that they’re writing.” She’s miffed that “they don’t know what we do behind the scenes, and it’s really unfortunate that they want to pick on us because they want their babysitters back.”
Richie Masadas thinks he knows why that is because “his brother ran a delivery service for medical marijuana.” Some of his clients, he broke HIPPA regs to reveal, were “parents with their kids in school.” No wonder they’re so edgy these days, “when you got your kids at home, no more smoking out.” Right about then, the board got the word they weren’t as alone as they thought they were.
Right as Beede said, “Uh oh,” and “alerted the others that someone had texted her saying the meeting that they thought was private was actually open to the public.” Brizendine responded “Nuh uh” and someone else lamented “great!” The screen went black. According to Schools Superintendent Greg Hetrick, the views expressed do not necessary reflect those of the management, or words to that effect. “The comments made were not in alignment with our vision and are definitely not what any of us stand for as leaders. I know that we lost trust with the community. I will not make excuses for what happened or why it happened.”