Say What?! CA School Board Trustee Says A Return To In-Person Learning Is ‘White Supremacist Ideology’

(TeaParty.org Exclusive) – All over the country, schools have had to make many difficult decisions as to how they would educate America’s children during the last year due to the pandemic. Almost an entire year into this and more and more schools are transitioning back to in-person learning, if not fully, partially.

We have heard over and over again the detrimental effects this past year has had on our children as they try to grapple with uncertain times alongside being isolated from their normal school environments and the ineffectiveness of trying to learn remotely.

Now a school district in La Mesa-Spring Valley, California has parents calling for the resignation of trustee and board Vice President Charda Bell-Fontenot who referred to a return to in-person learning as “white supremacist ideology” during this past Tuesday’s virtual board meeting.

Reopen California Schools tweeted, “La Mesa, CA trustee Bell-Fontenot goes off on fellow board members, one of which is Hispanic, saying returning to in-person learning is “a very white supremacist ideology,” telling them to “[check] their privilege,” and that mandating in-person instruction is “slavery.”

The virtual school board meeting was open to the public and many parents watched as Bell-Fontenot was heard off-camera saying, “That seems like a very white supremacist ideology, to force people to comply and conform, just letting you know.”

As the meeting went on and school board members continued to push the discussion of re-opening the schools they kept meeting opposition from Bell-Fontenot as she continually rejected their views and stated, “I don’t want to be a part of forcing anyone to do anything they don’t want to do. That’s what slavery is, I’m not going to be a part of it.”

A local ABC 10News report came out saying that Mai Teague and Spring Vick, local parents who were among hundreds in attendance at the virtual board meeting, “were shocked at the words being used.” Teague commented further saying, “Someone who has her own personal agenda is not looking out for the best interest of the community and she should not represent the schools at all.”

Both Teague and Vick are anxious to get their children back in the actual classroom as are thousands of other parents. When parents called for the resignation of Bell-Fontenot, the Superintendent of La Mesa-Spring Valley David Feliciano released a statement on behalf of the school board and in part reads:

“While we were also disappointed and offended by trustee Fontenot’s behavior, we were saddened to learn that she has received hateful, racist, and threatening communications as a result. We strongly condemn behavior that is racist, discriminatory or threatens violence of any kind.”

In response to these happenings, ABC 10News has reported that according to those they have spoken with it is their wish that Bell-Fontenot resigns and have started a Change.org petition. “Charda Bell-Fontenot is unprofessional and does not represent our kids or community in the light in which either deserve. Our kids deserve better. I urge you to sign this petition for her immediate resignation.”

At this time, the petition has over 3,700 signatures and is very close to the 5,000 they are looking for. We all know that there are consequences to one’s behavior and this is a prime example for everyone to take notice.

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