According to KGO-TV, the superintendent of the Oakley Union Elementary School Board in California is apologizing after board members in a virtual meeting Wednesday left the cameras and microphones on after they thought it was over.

During the ensuing conversation, they complained about — and, in one case, tacitly threatened — parents who wanted their kids back in school.

In perhaps the most alarming part of the conversation, board member Kim Beede was heard discussing parents who wrote her emails or posted online imploring her to reopen schools and pondering what would happen if they said it to her face.

“Are we alone?” she asked the other board members on the Webex meeting.

When they say they were, Beede said, “B—-, if you are going to call me out, I am going to f— you up!”

“Sorry! That’s just me,” she said as other board members laughed.

Others complained about the criticism they were getting from parents, if not in such profane terms.

“They want to pick on us, they want their babysitters back,” said board president Lisa Brizendine, according to KCRA-TV.

Another board member implied parents wanted kids back in school so they could use marijuana.

“My brother had a delivery service for medical marijuana and he delivered to parents while their kids were at school,” board member Richie Masadas said to laughter.

The clips drew outrage when they were circulated on social media.

“I was shocked to hear the district is representing our children this way,” parent Jennifer Cardinale told KGO.

“I thought the board members were also advocates for my child and had her best interests at heart. After last night’s incident, it really has me thinking that they don’t,” parent Ashley Stalf said.

The superintendent apologized Thursday.

“Last night at the Oakley Union Elementary School District Regular Board Meeting there were unfortunate and truly inappropriate comments made that were heard by many,” Greg Hetrick said in a statement. “These comments are not typical and more importantly they are not what the community should expect from our school district.”

“The comments made were not in alignment with our Vision and are definitely not what any of us stand for as leaders,” he continued. “I know that we lost trust with the community.

“I will not make excuses for what happened or why it happened. I am the superintendent. I am responsible and accountable and I am truly sorry for what took place.”

The full video — recorded by a “quick acting parent,” according to the Reopen California Schools Twitter account — was anonymously posted to YouTube.

At the end of the eight-minute video, Beede realized the hot-mic mistake. “We have the meeting open to the public right now,” she said. The video cut off seconds later.

This is an excerpt from The Western Journal.

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