Image Source: Jessica Anderson TikTok video screenshot composite
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A Democratic candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates is facing a firestorm from parents after a video resurfaced showing her insulting them as incapable of deciding the curriculum for their children.
Jessica Anderson posted a video during the 2021 gubernatorial race where she mocked the parents whose votes she is now seeking.
"I’m sorry, but I’ve seen some of the parents that live in Virginia," Anderson said on the TikTok video. "You should not be dictating what your daughter and son’s curriculums look like."
\u201c\ud83d\udea8Jessica Anderson, a Democrat running for Delegate in District 71, recorded a TikTok trashing Virginia parents who are involved in their children\u2019s education as \u201ccrazy.\u201d\n\nWe need to elect Republicans who believe #ParentsMatter \u2013 just like Governor @GlennYoungkin famously said.\u201d— ROOZ (@ROOZ) 1683237206
She went on to insult homeschooling parents as well.
"If you want to do that, there’s a thing called homeschool. Indoctrinate them there, but not in my kids’ public schools," she added in the video.
When asked by Fox News Digital to comment on the resurfaced video, Anderson objected that critics were dishonestly claiming she called parents "crazy" when she never used the word.
"I would never state that as someone who loves my students and their families in this community," Anderson responded. "As a mom to three daughters, two of which are still in public school, I absolutely believe we should be able to question our students' education, push back if necessary, and have an active role in the education process."
She appeared to walk back the comments she made about parents.
"I support EVERY parent, every step of the way. I've also seen incredible communication between our teachers and parents in my district, when concerns arise," Anderson continued.
The controversy over control of public school curricula led to a school group calling on the Biden administration to investigate parents as a "domestic terror" threat. The group later apologized for the request.
Here's more about the battle over curricula:
Virginia Gov. Tells Parents to Report Concerns About Schools | NBC4 Washingtonwww.youtube.com
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Carlos Garcia is a staff writer for Blaze News.