School board member tells parents “I don’t work for you”, longs for days when “nobody showed up” to meetings

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YORK COUNTY, PA- According to reports, a Pennsylvania school board member, who is apparently disgruntled about parents showing up at board meetings voicing concerns about education issues that directly impact their children, penned an op-ed in which he responded, “I don’t work for you.”

By his op-ed, it seems that Richard Robinson, a member of the York Suburban School Board, longs for the days when “nobody showed up” to school board meetings. 

As he noted in the York Dispatch, the “public comments” period of those meetings once gave residents “the chance to vent their spleens about exorbitant taxes or demand subjects be taught properly the way they were during the most frigid period of the Cold War.” 

He wrote that these days, however, “school boards are now the new battleground in the fight for America’s future.” He wrote, in part:

“Some members of my community appear to interpret this part of board meetings as the occasion to tell board members why they have the collective intelligence of a village idiot and how the school district ought to be addressing real problems.

When the board does not fall in line with each and every demand, we are accused of ignoring the thoughtful, unbiased, sincere and righteous ultimatums of our community.”

Robinson said that he preferred to write not as a “member of a school board,” but instead, as a “member of my community who serves on a school board.”

He proceeded to respond to the concept that he works for the taxpayers of his community with the statement below:

“No, I don’t work for you. I was elected by people who voted to represent you. It is not the same thing. You may also be surprised to learn every member of a school board is a taxpayer, too. I come from a long line of taxpaying men and women.”

School board member tells parents "I don't work for you", longs for days when "nobody showed up" to meetings

Presenting a list of grievances in his op-ed, Robinson criticized “doctors” who offer public comments during school board meetings, but who also neglect to provide their credentials; parents who threaten school board members with lawsuits; parent “bullies” who threaten to remove their children from school if mask mandates are not ended; and parents who claim they know what is best for their child.

Robinson writes how he disagrees with these parents, asserting:

“Nevertheless, if you are offended because I don’t believe parents are infallible, you can always sue or take your child out of school. Your choice.”

Robinson states that the “most offensive and vile” of all individuals who comment at board meetings are “the charlatans who claim health and safety measures are responsible for destroying the mental health of children simply to justify their own social agenda.” He sneered:

“There are members of this community who tried to draw attention to the warning signs of increasing mental distress among our children long before you ever thought of mental health as a potential cudgel. To listen to your repeated distortions of the facts is nauseating.”

He added:

“There is only one more thing to share with my fellow citizens who come out to say, ‘Be a trend setter, be a leader, be on the right side of history and do what I tell you do do!’

No. I have watched live streams of board meetings numerous times and reviewed the written protests repeatedly. Your voice has been heard. As far as the right side of history is concerned – I like my odds.”

Nicole Nelly, president of Parents Defending Education, appeared on Fox & Friends and stated that Robinson was mocking parents. She said:

“Far too many elected officials have shown over the past two years that the ‘consent of the governed’ is a little more than an inconvenient speed bump on the road to advancing their unpopular agendas.

Mocking and dismissing the concerns of the community may be cathartic for petty dictators, but it is not a path to electoral success.”

She added:

“We see over and over again school boards that are not restricting public comment because turns out they don’t like being criticized for their decisions that they have made unilaterally.” 

Robinson’s op-ed was written days after newly inaugurated Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin (R) told his state’s General Assembly that parents “have a fundamental right” to decide their child’s “upbringing, education, and care.”

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Parents of children who were wounded in Oxford shooting sue school board for $100 million

December 13th, 2021

OXFORD, MI – The parents of two children have filed two separate lawsuits for $100 million each against the Oxford School district for not doing enough to prevent the shooting from happening.

Each lawsuit represents one of their children.

Jeffrey and Brandi Franz, the parents of a 17- and 14-year-old girl who were injured during the shooting, filed the lawsuits in Detroit, Michigan through their attorney, Geoffrey Fieger.

The lawsuit alleges that the school administrators should have done more to protect the students in the school from the alleged shooter on November 30th.

The lawsuits, which appear to be the first, name not only the school district, but also school Superintendent Tim Thorne, Oxford High Principal Seven Wolf, the dean of students, two counselors, two teachers, and another staff member. The school district has yet to comment on the lawsuit.

The lawsuit stems from what the school and the district allegedly knew about the alleged shooter, Ethan Crumbley, prior to the shooting.

Roughly two weeks before the shooting occurred, Oxford High School had allegedly been notified of several social media posts and threats (which were not disclosed) allegedly done by Crumbley.

The issues became known to Oxford Principal Steven Wolf who authored an email in attempts to calm the parents down on November 16th. In part, it read:

“I know I’m being redundant here, but there is absolutely no that at the HS [High School] …large assumptions were made from a few social media posts, then the assumptions evolved into exaggerated rumors.”

Fieger alleges that Wolf and other members of the school board should have taken some type of action then instead of simply discounting the concerns of parents. Especially after Ethan allegedly wrote on social media the night before the attack:

“Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds. See you tomorrow, Oxford.”

Fieger noted his other concerns by saying:

“He [Ethan] drew pictures indicating that he was going to engage in a murderous rage…they recognized it enough where they pulled him out of class. Instead of calling the police liaison officer, they called his parents. They told his parents to take him out of school. The parents refused. They said okay, he can stay here and go to class.”

The lawsuit specifically alleges that school staff knew or should have known that Ethan presented a reasonable fear that he was suffering from some type of mental crisis on the 30th and yet did little to address it.

The lawsuit also alleges that no one from the school checked Ethan or his belongings to ensure that he did not have any firearms.

Winning a lawsuit against the school will be a longshot as Fieger would have to be able to show that the school administrators acted in willful and wanton disregard to everyone’s safety inside of the school.

While many in America already believe that is the case, the only people who will be able to make that judgement will be a jury, if the case makes it that far.

Even if the civil lawsuit somehow gets dropped at some point, the school administrators could still face criminal penalties at the conclusion of the investigation. Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald has already come out on record saying that this is a possibility.

McDonald notes this is possible because the school was aware of several warning signs on the part of Ethan from concerning social media posts to him looking up ammunition while in school. On the morning of the shooting, the teacher found the drawing that prompted his parents being called to the school.

McDonald notes that school administrators would have been well within their rights to search Ethan’s backpack and person for weapons, and it appears they did not.

Additionally, when Ethan’s parents refused to check him out of class that day, McDonald says the school could have required him to leave the campus, instead, they let him back inside the school.

McDonald, in speaking if there will be any criminal charges levied against school administrators said:

“Any individual who had the opportunity to stop this tragedy should have done so. The question is what did they know and when did they know it.”

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Sheriff on Oxford school shooting: We don’t need more gun laws, we need to actually prosecute criminals

OAKLAND, MI- In the aftermath of the most recent horrific school shooting, the Oakland sheriff overseeing the investigation stressed the need for more prosecutions of criminals who use firearms.

 

On Wednesday, December 1st, Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard was asked by reporters about the possibility of the Oxford High School attack leading to “consideration of gun legislation,” to which he responded by saying:

“We have a whole lot of gun laws that are meant to hold criminals accountable when they commit a crime, when they use a gun, when they carry a gun illegally, and they are not utilized today.

That’s one of our constant concerns around the country … we see this across the nation, we catch somebody illegally with a gun and it’s pled down to a misdemeanor and they’re out.”

The sheriff added:

“I believe the surest way to get a handle on holding people accountable when they’re doing things illegally with a gun is to punish them and that’s not happening in many communities across America today.”

 

Bouchard also referenced the National Institute Criminal Background Check System (NICS), saying:

“There is a huge number of people that are prohibited from buying that firearm that are caught by the system that are never prosecuted for trying. We have gun laws in place, we’re not holding people accountable.”

Michigan Democrats, on the other hand, have used this deadly shooting to renew their calls for gun control legislation to be passed in the state’s Republican-controlled legislature. 

On Wednesday, December 1st, Democratic Michigan state Sens. Brenda Carter and Rosemary Bayer, who represent the district that Oxford High School is located in, released a statement from the legislature’s Firearm Safety and Violence Prevention Caucus calling for “commonsense gun safety legislation.”

The statement read, in part:

“We are heartbroken by the tragic events that happened in our own backyard. No parent should have to fear for their child’s safety at school and no community should have to bury the children they helped raise.

While we have met resistance on taking proactive measures to prevent gun violence in the past, we are asking folks to consider a change of heart and mind so the students who died at Oxford and who have died in countless other tragedies across the country, have not died in vain.”

Democratic Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer also released a statement calling for lawmakers to “act against gun violence.” She said:

“Gun violence is a public health crisis that claims lives every day. We have the tools to reduce gun violence in Michigan. This is a time for us to come together and help our children feel safe at school.”

 

The Associated Press (AP) noted that Bayer introduced a bill earlier in the year aimed a holding adults accountable for not properly securing their firearms. The gunman in the Oxford High shooting, 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley, is believed to have used a gun that his father bought on the day after Thanksgiving to carry out his attack.

The bill would reportedly require adults to keep a firearm in a securely locked container if they know it is accessible to minors. If a minor obtained the gun and used it to kill or injure, the adult would face up to five years in prison. 

Republicans have not held a hearing on the measure or other gun-control legislation. Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey said:

“If we get obsessed with eliminating all risks, we will then develop and evolve into a country we won’t recognize because we’ll also have no freedoms. It’s a balance. It’s a very narrow road. It is hard. These kinds of events keep those thoughts in mind.”

Editor note: In 2020, we saw a nationwide push to “defund the police”.  While we all stood here shaking our heads wondering if these people were serious… they cut billions of dollars in funding for police officers. 

And as a result, crime has skyrocketed – all while the same politicians who said “you don’t need guns, the government will protect you” continued their attacks on both our police officers and our Second Amendment rights.

And that’s exactly why we’re launching this national crowdfunding campaign as part of our efforts to help “re-fund the police”.

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