Police in Arizona have launched an investigation into Scottsdale Unified School District president Jann-Michael Greenburg after allegations surfaced that he kept a dossier of information on parents who oppose COVID restrictions and critical race theory.
What is the background?
News of the dossier broke last week after Greenburg reportedly shared it with a parent by accident.
The Arizona Republic reported:
A copy of the Google Drive that parents created was obtained by The Arizona Republic and it included screenshots of Facebook conversations parents had about their opposition to topics such as critical race theory and COVID-19 mask mandates. It also included emails sent to school board members calling for Greenburg's resignation, photos and videos of parents protesting the school district and screenshots of parents' Facebook profiles that indicated their support for former President Donald Trump.
Even more shocking, the dossier allegedly contained Social Security numbers, property records, and divorce decrees, among other personal information. Information had been collected on nearly 50 parents.
What happened now?
The Scottsdale Police Department released a statement saying the agency is "aware of the allegations against Scottsdale Unified School District President Jann-Michael Greenburg."
"We are conducting an investigation into the matter and will report our findings once it is complete," the statement added, the Associated Press reported.
The statement, however, did not specify any details about the investigation. It is not clear if Greenburg is accused of breaking crimes.
Scottsdale Unified School District superintendent Scott Menzel similarly announced on Friday an investigation into Greenburg and the dossier.
Menzel said in a letter:
Today, the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) began the process of hiring an independent forensic investigator to determine if any school resources were used to compile, access or modify the private dossier allegedly created and maintained in Google drive folders by Mark Greenburg, the father of SUSD Board President Jann-Michael Greenburg, and shared by the latter. We want to determine if school resources were used inappropriately. We take our responsibility as good stewards of public funds very seriously.
It is important to emphasize the District did not create, maintain or have control over the dossier. The information it contains appears to be largely from public documents, and parents are rightly upset that certain data, photography and video has been collected and shared.
According to the Arizona Republic, more than 1,200 parents have signed a petition demanding Greenburg's resignation.
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