CA mom says hot mic comments by school board members slamming parents are "heartbreaking"

by Jenny Mount · Feb 19th, 2021 4:05 pm

Last Updated Feb 21st, 2021 at 10:06 am

A California mom has criticized her district's school board members after they were caught on a hot mic slamming parents over calls to have teachers return to in-person learning.

Ashley Stalf, whose six-year-old daughter attends Oakley Union elementary school, said that she had come to think of the teachers and board members like "family" and that the comments are "heartbreaking."

"We meet regularly with the board as parents and we're constantly sending in letters and emails and telling them our griefs and our strife's over distance learning," said Stalf. "It seems as of late that they mocked us, that we're just complaining and we have nothing better to do."

The teachers were caught on a hot mic mocking parents.

"If you're gonna call me out, I'm gonna f--- you up," one board member exclaimed.

"They want to pick on us because they want their baby sitters back," added another board member.

Parents are now wondering what the teachers and board members say in private.

"What are their true intentions, if they feel so freely that they can talk, you know, on a mic that may or may not be hot, what's truly being said behind closed doors?" Stalf said.

The district's superintendent said the teachers' comments do not represent what "any of us stand for."

"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 with the community. I will not make excuses for what happened or why it happened," Oakley Union District Superintendent Greg Hetrick said.


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