Michigan School District Allegedly Spied on Parents’ Social Media Posts and Reported Them to Their Employers
“I was stunned. I have a stack that is like a phone book. This was an active group that wanted their kids back in school.”
Some parents in Michigan have launched a lawsuit alleging that their social media posts were monitored by the school district and in some cases even reported to their employers.
The parents had been critical of the school district’s COVID policies.
This is warfare.
John Rigolizzo reports at the Daily Wire:
Michigan School District Spied On Parents’ Facebook Groups, Reported Them To Their Employers, Lawsuit Alleges
The superintendent of a school district in Michigan monitored the social media posts of parents who criticized the district’s COVID-19 policy, then reported those parents to their employers, and in at least one case, the police, according to a lawsuit filed by a parent in the district.
The Detroit News first reported Tuesday that Robert Shaner, the superintendent of Rochester Community Schools, made the calls to police because he was “concerned and scared” about the “aggressive” social media posts from parents, some of which suggested staging protests outside school board members’ homes, and an email he allegedly received from another parent that stated that the parent was going to “wreak havoc.” Shaner made the comments as part of a deposition made on February 3 in connection with the lawsuit.
The suit, originally filed in May 2021, but amended earlier this month, was brought by Elena Dinverno, a parent of two children at Rochester Community Schools. The suit alleges that Shaner and another high-ranking member of the school board contacted Dinverno’s employer and falsely claimed that she had made threats against the board, which resulted in her being fired from her job.
Scott McClallen of the Center Square has more on the particulars of the lawsuit:
Rochester Schools collect dossier, call employers on critical parents
A lawsuit filed on May 3, 2021, claims Dinverno advocated on two separate Facebook groups to reopen schools in-person: “RCS Parents for In-Person Education” and “Conservative Parents for Rochester.” Dinverno asked other parents for video testimony of how virtual school was hurting kids…
The lawsuit alleges that RCS public relations members Amy DiCresce and Lori Grein were assigned to compile a dossier on district parents’ social media posts and comments critical of the school district, which were circulated to school officials.
Gordon told the News that the school spent taxpayer money to surveil parent’s social media posts and gather personal information, including place of employment, names of children, and the schools they attend.
“I have found at taxpayer expense they had high-level people spending hours monitoring parents’ social posts,” Gordon told The News. “I was stunned. I have a stack that is like a phone book. This was an active group that wanted their kids back in school.”
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