The entire school board of one California public school was forced to resign after they were caught on video during a public meeting mocking parents who want their kids back in school.
The public meeting discussing the re-opening of schools that were closed due to the COVID pandemic was supposed to be over, and the video feed was supposed to be closed to the public. The board members apparently didn’t realize they were still online, and one parent recorded their comments.
Watch the video clip (WARNING: Strong Language):
“Are we alone?” one board member asks.
After another member confirms that they are, she continues. “B*tch, if you’re gonna call me out, I’m gonna f*ck you up,” she says, apparently referring to the parents. All of the board members then laughed at her comment.
Lisa Brizendine, president of the Oakley Elementary School District board, goes on to claim that the only reason the parents are so upset about schools being closed is that they “want their babysitters back.”
All four members, including Brizendine, Kim Beede, Erica Ippolito and Richie Masadas, resigned from their positions on Friday, February 19.
“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,” said Schools Superintendent Greg Hetrick in a statement.
Along with her resignation, Brizendine also issued an apology, trying to blame her rude comments on personal issues. “I am raising a 10-year-old with special needs and having him home during this pandemic, while also holding down two jobs to support my family has been a huge stress. I suffer with many of the same things that parents are going through from mental health issues to regression. My remark was callous and uncalled for and for that I am truly sorry,” she said.