The president of the Texas School Boards Association and the chairman of the board of Frisco ISD conspire to censor parents. “Hate the Crowd” Labels
Recently leaked video and audio recordings released by Current revolt reportedly showed several Frisco ISD school board trustees, one of whom is also the President of the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB)conspiring against thehate the crowd” be able to speak at board meetings.
The candid recording of this cafe meeting shows a deliberate effort by Frisco ISD School Board President Rene Archambault to censor the voices of voters in her jurisdiction.
Archambault was recorded saying “…whenever it’s on the agenda, the whole hate mob can’t come out and say how terrible they think our transgender students are.”
The term “hate the crowdis apparently their own password for parents worried about students using the bathroom of the gender assigned to students at birth. A review of a September 2022 Board of Directors and the ensuing public comment does not convey “hate” toward transgender students, but rather a concern for the safety and privacy of other students.
An unidentified party states “Marvin and Stephanie (two conservative Frisco ISD board members) are going to keep going – they’re going to ruin every meeting this year.”
Archambault continues “I have mechanisms in place… that I can push. And I can use our subcommittee structure. They wanted to vote on it in July. It’s November. That’s how long I’ve been able to push this. So I have mechanisms by which I can do that. And I can also put it on any agenda. They want it at regular board meetings because it’s a show. If they ask anything about transgender politics in the future, it will be at a special meeting in the middle of the day that no one goes to.
Debbie Gillespie, TASB President, says “…we need to be in the audience listening to their story so we have a defense mechanism.”
Gillespie continues that “[Rep.] Matt Shaheen is that very thing…he’s not that smart.
Although the source of the recording is anonymous, Debbie Gillespie was quoted in a Dallas Express article stating:
“Although the meeting took place in a coffee shop, it was inappropriate for Garrett Linker (Administrator of Prosper ISD) to record and share the recording for defamation purposes. … He should know the importance of meeting the members of the community and protect those conversations.
Speaking of defamation, Citizens of Collins County stand up for freedom confirmed that the recording was not made by Garrett Linker, contrary to Gillespie’s accusation.
This deliberate attempt to subvert the voice of voters was published in response to Frisco ISD’s attempt to investigate an incident in which Frisco ISD Administrator Marvin Lowe was involved in September 2022.
Lowe recently came under scrutiny over a conversation he had with a transgender student and his mother. The 16-year-old student spoke during a “breakout session” at the National Conference on Education in San Antonio. The session hosted by the ACLU was titled “Transgender Students in Texas Schools: What You Need to Know.”
After the session, Lowe approached the student and told him that people may not understand their situation, but that we love you and really wish you the best. He said the mother overheard the discussion and approached them. Lowe felt that the student and the mother were under the assumption that he supported the student’s situation.
But Lowe made it clear to the mother that he didn’t think it was appropriate for a girl in transition to wander into the boys’ locker room. At this point, the student began to proclaim loud and clear that he felt “in danger”. Transgender students in bathrooms and locker rooms have been a hotly debated issue in the district as well as the rest of the country, as evidenced by the recording quoted above.
The student waited nearly a month before emailing a complaint to Frisco ISD. Dallas Morning News reported on the complaint and released the alleged statements made by Lowe. However, Lowe denies these exact statements and, although he cannot recall the exact verbiage used, he stated that he would not use the terminology he was quoted as using in the article. In a phone conversation TGP had with Lowe regarding the quotes from the article, Lowe said, “That’s not even my way of speaking. I wouldn’t say that.”
Last Monday, the Frisco ISD introduced a motion to investigate trustee Marvin Lowe over the allegations, but it was not seconded and therefore did not pass.
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