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Some Detroit area parents turn to the head of the Rochester community Schools (RCS) in Michigan resigns amid allegations of espionage over parents via social media, according to local and federal reports lawsuit.
One Rochester parent, Elena Dinverna, filed a civil rights lawsuit against superintendent Robert Schener, Ph.D., last year, accusing him of challenging her right to freedom of speech after she began advocating for personal training. in 2020 amid a coronavirus pandemic. two groups on Facebook: “RCS Parents for In-Person Education” and “Conservative Parents for Rochester,” the complaint said.
The school district apparently reached a settlement Monday when the Rochester Board of Education (BOE) held a meeting at which some parents urged Scheiner to resign, the Associated Press reported.
Dinver claims she lost her job after RCS deputy head Debbie Fragomeni called Dinver’s employer, Marty Blake, and said “Ms. Dinver was part of a group that threatened the school district,” according to Dinvern’s attorneys. complaints.
The mother wrote a letter to her employer and made a comment to the BOE later that year, explaining that she had never made any threats to the school district.
“By reporting on parents, you risk their livelihood. Work. That’s all they have now. I know you all understand that children are sad, hurt, surrender, and as parents we will go for everything our children need. Parents are also hurt, ”a BOE member said in a commentary in December 2020.
In his testimony on February 2, Scheiner reportedly told Devern’s attorney Deborah Gordon that the school district values ”the contribution of all parents” and wants to keep a “thumb on the pulse of society,” so school district leaders “watch social media very closely on all fronts.” – as originally reported by The Detroit News.
“Believe it or not, there are parents who support what we do, and they often share with us what is happening on social networks …”, – he added later, according to the publication.
Dinver’s lawsuit also alleges that school district officials “were instructed to regularly take screenshots of district parents’ posts on social media and comments criticizing the school district, as well as compile screenshots distributed to RCS members and BOE members.”
These dossiers included “annotations that contain personal information about the parents of the district, such as the place of work, the names of their children, and the schools their children attended.”
Rochester students returned to personal learning in March 2021, according to The Detroit News.
The school district did not immediately respond to a request from Fox News Digital.