minutes were taken down from CUSD website, public comments section 8.2
Trustee Whitney Antrim, unhinged, accused parents she disagrees with of “thinly veiled hatred.” It was not that long ago, Sep 21, when she branded some parents in the community terrorists. In her opening comments she cried, wished the audience happy pride day, and then shared she abides by 3 principles: courage, love, and honesty.
One has to wonder, “Where was the courage Mrs. Antrim to protect our students against harassment following Tortillagate? Social media indicates you were communicating with the perpetrator Luke Serna (with no mention of providing legal support or condemning the blowback on basketball players, cheerleaders, and their families), but did you courageously decry the June 25 racebaiters that came out to condemn students and the community?
Where was the love to protect our school from hate-crime graffiti, and students of verbal harassment on November 8? As one recalls, you applauded the protestors at a subsequent school board meeting.
Where was the honesty when you failed to apologize to the students for the racist, colorist, classist letter? As one may recall, you voted to NOT change the language in the apology letter sent to Orange Glen when three of your fellow board members did.”
The rest of the meeting went downhill, with a point of order on Mr. Fabiszak for calling out Antrim for bullying parents, but no point of order when Antrim’s husband went off script and proceeded with false umbrage to recount the terror of his children being online, without mentioning that his wife strolled their two toddlers around with DIE signage in a public march on the sidewalks of Coronado. Video produced and made public by Inclusionado; first posted on their website and in articles in the Cornado Times.
Many community members were present, with 7 sharing their stories on why teachers needed sexual orientation training, but unfortunately, the Administration just like with No Place for Hate could not share any details about the training content nor what the data was that demanded such selective and singular action. Mr. Antrim in a vociferous tone said, “do not listen to the man who posted pictures of my children on the Internet, bullying and yelling at students, they don’t understand what they are talking about, listen to the professionals, make sure….”
One parent did some research and found that SDCOE’s website has a special population section and under that are training resources for educators. One of the primary resources is GLSEN. A parent should look at the student curriculum recommendations to get an understanding of what the teacher training will be suggesting.
After hearing 7 parents speak out in support of unknown training and 4 speak out against politicizing and pushing a topic that is the purview of parents not the school, the Board voted to approve sexual orientation training for teachers, staff, and administrators (~300 total). Pontes called it Item 6.1 “to approve the contract to SDCOE services for special teacher professional development.” The source of funding is general fund by way of student services. Pontes asked simply put, “help staff and teachers identify harassment on a whole range of issues.” Antrim took advantage of Foley’s support for the sexual orientation training to ask how is the Disciplinary Action Guide (DAG) being presented? This was a clever question as the DAG was amended after BLM protests in an attempt to enforce CT, compel speech, and promote tattle-telling. Her line of questioning had nothing to do with the training. She asked questions about the CIF code of ethics which she was pivotal in having CIF mandate based on Tortilla gate.
Aside: Student Services director reported that request for training came about as a result of going to a LGBT Pride Summit with other administrators in May ($3592 Registration Fee, some nice lunches, this was in Oceanside). This trip was approved by the current board and thus paid for with your taxes. Immediately upon returning from the lobbying organization’s Summit our CUSD counselors saw this as a dire need and sent the Request for Training Letter (GLSEN Form Letter).