School board president caught saying 'f— you' to a parent on a hot mic
Los Alamitos School Board President Marlys Davidson apologized after her comments appeared on social media.
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The president of a California school board was caught on a hot mic saying "f--- you" to a mother who spoke out against the district's mask and vaccination mandates.
According to the New York Post, the Board of Education President for Los Alamos School District Marlys Davidson let the disparaging remarks "slip out" after Lauren Roupoli gave a speech where she argued against the district's pandemic response protocols.
During her speech, Roupoli said she believes there are too many side effects from the vaccine, and the benefits don't outweigh the risks. She also criticized the board for portraying concerned parents as "selfish."
"We are vocal because we are our children’s biggest advocates," said Roupoli.
Following Roupoli's comments, Davidson interrupted, informing her that her allotted time was up.
"Thank you. Thank you," Davidson said as participants applauded Roupoli. "Margaret’s next. Thank you. Your time is up.”
Roupoli said no one in the audience heard the president swear. It wasn't until she read messages on social media from people who streamed the event online that she was made aware of the comments.
"I could not believe it. I was flabbergasted," Roupoli said to the New York Post. “To think that it took a hot mic to catch her real feelings just shows her true colors, and I think the only acceptable apology would be for her resigning."
As a result of Davidson's comments, Roupoli has led an effort to get her to resign as president of the board.
"These people are supposed to be listening to our concerns and that’s their job as a board, especially as a president of the board," Roupoli added.
Davidson has since apologized for her comments saying in a statement "when members of the public address the Board of Education, they must be heard with respect."
"I reaffirm my commitment to serve our community with dignity and integrity, and I hope they will accept my sincere apology," she added.
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