Three Arizona parents have filed a lawsuit against their children's school district over its alleged creation of an online dossier to be used against them in response to their protesting of COVID-19 policies and critical race theory being taught in classrooms.
In the lawsuit, filed Thursday in Maricopa County Superior Court, the parents — Amanda Wray, Kimberly Stafford, and Edmond Richard — claim their First Amendment rights to free speech and government redress were violated when the district "maliciously targeted" them for raising concerns about the district policies.
Specifically, the parents accuse the Scottsdale Unified School District No. 48, school board president Jann-Michael Greenburg; his father, Mark Greenburg; and Mark Greenburg's wife, Dagmar Greenburg, of collecting and storing roughly 100 gigabytes of personal data about them on a Google Drive file to be used as intimidation and potentially retaliation.
The Washington Times first reported on the lawsuit.
"The goal of defendants’ conspiracy was clear: to silence and punish dissenting voices and frighten away other potential speakers who might dare express an opposing point of view," the suit alleges.
It goes on to claim that the defendants "used both legal and illegal methods" of data collection to accomplish their unconstitutional goal.
"They amassed reams of public and private information about the plaintiffs, including information related to plaintiffs’ jobs, businesses, finances, medical history, family history, housing situation, and children," it states. "They videotaped, photographed, and recorded the plaintiffs and their children. They used fake names and accounts to stalk plaintiffs’ social media activities and publicly berate them using false and grossly contorted information from their expansive dossier."
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TheBlaze reported in November that the dossier even allegedly contained Social Security numbers and divorce decrees and that information had been collected on nearly 50 parents. The public reportedly learned about the creepy dossier after Greenburg accidentally shared it with a parent.
The retaliatory efforts reportedly came in response to a private Facebook group formed by the parents, called the SUSD Community Advocacy Network (CAN), which was created as a forum for parents to share concerns and advocate for changes within the school district. By August 2020, the group had grown to more than 1,700 members, the lawsuit claims.
Following news of the dossier's existence, more than 1,200 parents signed a petition seeking Greenburg's ouster as district president.
In a statement to the Washington Times, Wray claimed the district "had photos of my young children, my mortgage records, bodycam footage of me."
"Conservative parents have been silenced as critics while the woke and supportive parents have been welcomed with open arms," she added.
Jann-Michael Greenburg has denied any wrongdoing and claimed he had nothing to do with the creation of the dossier. Last year, an independent investigation by the school district determined that no district resources were used to create the dossier, and a separate investigation conducted by the Scottsdale Police Department found no evidence of criminal activity.
But Wray, Stafford, and Richard were not satisfied. They are seeking unspecified damages in the lawsuit, as well as a declaratory judgment from the court.
When reached by the Times, a spokeswoman for the school district declined to comment on the suit.