California district's school board resigns over comments bashing parents during virtual meeting

Arlington Virginia.- The Zoom video meeting and chat app has become the wildly popular host to millions of people working and studying from home during the coro

A recording, posted to YouTube, shows the board talking among themselves, apparently oblivious that the call is open to the public.

An online petition launched after the meeting called for the board members to resign "due to their egregious behavior". Parents were also allowed to dial in and discuss plans for their children's return to schools.

In his letter, Hetrick also shared a joint statement from Beede, Ippolito and Masadas, saying they "deeply regret" and apologize for the comments made in the meeting.

Several of the board members allegedly believed that no parents were on the call and started making fun of them during the virtual meeting.

"Uh oh", Beede says. Are we alone?" Then mocked whoever posted it, laughing, "B****, if you're gonna call me out, I'm gonna f*** you up. "Sorry! That's just me", Beede said.

But that's not where things stopped.

'They don't know what goes on behind the scenes.

"They forget that there's real people on the other side of those letters that they're writing", Brizendine says.

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Some members of the Oakley Union Elementary School District Board of Trustees in California were caught unaware as they swore and belittled parents who recorded them during a virtual school board meeting Wednesday.

He said his brother had a medical marijuana service and "the clientele were parents with their kids in school".

Unfortunately, the members didn't realize that they rude jokes could be heard by the parents who felt extremely offended and hurt. "The students, staff and families deserve the very best, there is much work that needs to be done to reopen our schools safely and I will be praying that we as a community can move past this incident together and that our children always remain in focus".

More than 2,500 parents have so far signed the petition.

At the end of the meeting, Brezendine apologized for the group's earlier remarks, saying "We were having a private conversation because we were really struggling at that moment with all the board comments coming in because we want what's best for the kids so badly".

After a few laughs, Brizendine rang the bell to empathize with the others over the growing criticism they face about closed schools, suggesting that parents really want schools to reopen in order to get their babysitters back.

Superintendent Greg Hetrick touted a new technology in a fellow district that curtailed public comments at exactly three minutes' time, after which others chimed in that "we need that" and "good idea".

Parents took umbrage with the comments as students in the school district, which is located in Contra Costa County in the San Francisco Bay area, have been learning remote for nearly a year amid the coronavirus pandemic. "And to hear that, it makes you understand why there's no preparation and communication because they're not taking us seriously". I pledge to work collaboratively with stakeholders and community members to begin doing the important work that is needed to rebuild community trust in our district'.

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