School council members reportedly target parents who oppose critical racial theory
A private Facebook group made up of parents, teachers, and school leaders from Virginia is reportedly targeting parents who oppose a critical theory of race – sparking an investigation by local law enforcement.
The group, known as “Loudoun County Antiracist Parents,” has over 600 members, some of whom are accused of sharing personal information from parents who do not support the controversial theory, WTOP News reported.
Ian Prior, a spokesman for a group of parents who say they are victims, the Loudoun Parents for Education, told the publication in a statement: “There was a solicitation from one of the members of [the Facebook group] Addressing people who opposed the school’s commitment to critical concepts of race theory. “
Local parent Austin Levine testified at a March 23 school council meeting that board member Beth Barts orchestrated the attacks.
“I’m on a list – not Santa’s list – but on a list of enemies created by a group led by marching orders from one of your colleagues,” Levine said, according to the report.
“This list included names, places of work, where they lived, and their perceived faults. I shouldn’t have to live in fear because my opinions differ from those of the elected officials. “
Prior said the group intends to induce school board members to be involved in the recalled online attacks.
Scott Ziegler, interim superintendent of Loudoun County Public Schools, told WTOP News that the district has not adopted critical racial theory as part of its curriculum.
“Social media rumors that employees have been disciplined or dismissed because they do not adhere to the tenants of the critical racial theory or refuse to teach this theory are not true,” Ziegler told the sales outlet.
Ziegler also said he does not tolerate calling community members who may have different opinions.
Ziegler said he wanted to ensure that “every student, employee and member of the community is treated fairly and respectfully”.
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating whether any crimes have been committed in the alleged Facebook posts, Fox reported 5 DC.