There are calls for the Los Alamitos Unified School District Board of Education president to resign after she was caught on a hot mic cursing at a California parent during Tuesday's board meeting. The board meeting was the latest example of tense and impassioned confrontations between school board members and parents distressed about mask and vaccine mandates.
Several parents voiced their concerns at the board meeting, including a mother named Lauren Roupoli.
"My name's Lauren Roupoli, and I am here as a concerned parent to urge you to be the first school to say no mandates for our children," she said at the board meeting. "It should be up to every parent to make that decision."
"I urge you to say, 'No mandates for our children,'" Roupoli said, which drew applause from the other parents. "What side of history are you willing to participate? Leave our children alone. Let them be kids and enjoy one another. Let them breathe again and smile again. ... We are vocal because we are our children's biggest advocates."
Board President Marlys Davidson told Roupoli that her time was up and called on the next parent to speak. Roupoli then left the podium.
Davidson didn't realize her microphone was still on and was caught by the hot mic telling Roupoli, "F*** you."
Davidson issued an apology for cursing at the "concerned" parent.
"I am deeply sorry for the inappropriate comment that I made in last night's board meeting," Davidson said in a statement. "I am going to personally apologize to the speaker who most certainly deserves to know that when members of the public address the Board of Education, they must be heard with respect. These are trying times, but trying times demand that we rise to do our best. I reaffirm my commitment to serve our community with dignity and integrity, and I hope they will accept my sincere apology."
However, Roupoli did not accept the school board president's apology. She told KTLA-TV that she did not think the apology was sincere, and that Davidson should resign.
"After her true colors showed last night, there's no taking that back," Roupoli said. "She needs to step down."
She also claimed that the school board members are "not listening to the parents."
In June, the California Department of Public Health issued a mandatory mask mandate while indoors at K-12 schools.
Earlier this month, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced that all eligible public and private school children age 12 and older will soon be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
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