Oregon school district sides with ‘LGBTQ activist bullies’ in moving board meetings online, critics say

A school board in Oregon will move meetings online until further notice, citing concerns over safety and civility. Critics say it’s an attempt to silence conservative parents.

The North Clackamas School District made the announcement after conservative parents attended a meeting last month to express concerns about bullying conservative, Christian students and their families, according to a report by The Oregonian.

At the Oct. 27 meeting, several parents spoke out with support from dozens more in attendance.

Michael Corbus, a parent in the district, described those responsible for the harrasment as “a few LGBTQ activist bullies – including teachers and administrators – [who’ve been given] permission to lash out any way they deem fit, just because someone doesn’t believe the way they want them to.”

Corbus claims his children, who attend Rex Putnam High in Milwaukie, have been targeted for their conservative, Christian beliefs. “The school district needs to get out of the sex and gender business. There is a reckoning coming. … School choice and privatization is coming,” he said.

Another parent claimed the district promotes discrimination against anyone who is white, straight or Christian. 

“Promoting discrimination against people who are white, straight, Christian. Where is the equity for them?” asked Angela Pederson, founder of the NCSD Family Choice Facebook group. 

Pederson also presented posters featuring pages taken from sexually explicit books available in the district’s libraries, such as the controversial book “Juliet Takes a Breath” by Gabby Rivera. 

It was Pederson’s presentation which reportedly led school board chair Mitzi Bauer to move the meeting online, which board member and former chair, Libra Forde, supported, claiming the criticism they’ve received from concerned parents is akin to harassment. 

“[We’ve been called] groomers and pedophiles and people that like porn for at least a year now,” Forde told The Oregonian, saying the decision to move the meetings online was about community safety and inclusivity, not about any personal feelings of the board members.

Across the country, parents and school boards have been fighting similar battles over Critical Race Theory (CRT) and far-left LGBTQ gender ideology, with some school boards taking steps to exclude vocal parents in the process. 

As previously reported by The Lion, a Maine school board was forced to pay $40,000 this summer for violating the First Amendment rights of a father the district banned over his speech.

While the board claimed he was banned for “blatant and repeated failure” to comply with the board’s “reasonable policies regarding meeting attendance,” US District Court Judge Nancy Torresen ruled that the school board banned him simply because they did not agree with his opinions.

“Here, it is hard to shake the sense that the School Board is restricting the speech because the Board disagrees with both Mr. McBreairty’s opinions and the unpleasantness that accompanies them,” Torresen wrote. “Moreover, McBreairty’s reference to ‘hardcore anal sex’ in a book in the school library wasn’t obscene under the law because it had not appealed to any prurient interest and was ‘offered to make a political or philosophical point’.”

In Michigan, outraged citizens in the Rochester Community School district ran for school board, seeking major changes after the district spied on and threatened parents – even allegedly getting one parent fired from her job. 

“I was so disappointed to witness our board of education unanimously vote to renew the contracts of three administrators who engaged in unethical retaliation against parents,” candidate Carol Beth Litkouhi told The Lion. 

And in Rhode Island, concerned mom Nicole Solas filed a lawsuit after she was allegedly blocked from attending “secret” meetings where CRT ideology was being pushed in an effort to change the district’s curricula.

Solas discovered the meetings in May, being held by the school’s taxpayer-funded Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Advisory Board.

Since the board would be giving policy recommendations affecting her daughter’s education, she asked to attend the meetings. Her request was denied, against the state’s Open Meetings Act.

“Schools are looking for a way to implement a racist ideology into their curriculum,” Solas told Fox News. “So, what’s going on is that these schools are looking for ways to enforce their ideology, but they know it’s controversial. So, they have to do it in a secret way, because there will be public outcry if this happens in public.”