Four California School-Board Members Resign after Mocking Parents Who Pushed to Reopen

School buses remain unused while schools are closed in San Francisco, Calif., April 7, 2020. (Stephen Lam/Reuters)

Four members of a northern-California school board resigned on Friday, after they mocked parents who pushed to reopen district schools.

The comments by members of the Oakley Union Elementary School Board were recorded by parents during a virtual board meeting, and the members were unaware that their microphones were on. The San Francisco Bay–area district is one of many across the country that remain closed for in-person learning due to coronavirus restrictions.

Parents “want to pick on us because they want their babysitters back,” board president Lisa Brizendine said at the meeting. Trustee Richie Masadas joked that “my brother had a delivery service for medical marijuana and his clientele were parents with their kids at school.”

Kim Beede, another trustee, asked, “Are we alone?” before joking about what she would say if a parent complained directly to her.

“B****, if you’re going to call me out, I’m going to f*** you up,” Beede said, to laughter from other board members. “Sorry, that’s just me!”

The three board members resigned on Friday, along with another trustee, Erica Ippolito. Brizendine apologized for the incident in

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