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Local School Board Member Who Released Parents’ Personal Information Resigns

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Norma Garcia-Lopez, the co-chair of the Fort Worth ISD School Board’s “Racial Equity Committee,” resigned on December 8, 2021, after she admitted releasing parents’ personal information online and sending a profanity-laden voicemail to another parent.

Garcia-Lopez alluded to the “vile and relentless attacks on [her] by white supremacists” as the primary motivation for her resignation.

Breccan F. Thies of Breitbart News asserted that the “Racial Equity Committee” co-chair “was actively going after parents who disagreed with her.”

“Parents were doxxed due to their opposition to Critical Race Theory and their active lawsuit against the school district over its mask mandate policy — one in which a court granted a preliminary injunction, but which the school district has appealed twice to higher courts,” per a Breitbart News report.

Garcia-Lopez admitted to concerned parents’ personal information, despite firmly disputing the accusation that she “doxxed” parents. She told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, “Some people consider my actions doxxing. It’s not doxxing when you expose someone who filed a public motion in a public court of law that impacts public school children.”

Breitbart News reported that Garcia-Lopez released the personal information and then instructed users on the Internet to “do your thang.”

Further, Garcia-Lopez admitted to leaving a voicemail with profanity to one parent, Kerri Rehmeyer.

“F*** you, you stupid b**** Kerri Rehmeyer,” Garcia-Lopez said in her voicemail. “F*** you, with your white privilege not caring about the well-being of others. F*** you.”

However, Garcia-Lopez stood by her profane voicemail message, declaring, “My message contained harsh language — no threats. Some people find my choice of words in that message offensive. But what’s really offensive is that four white parents could hold so much power.”

In her resignation letter, the former Fort Worth school official stated that “every student in FWISD [Fort Worth Independent School District] deserves equity and respect. That is my passion and reason for serving on those committees,” according to a Fox News report.

“I cannot allow the vile and relentless attacks on me by white supremacists to distract from or overshadow the continued pursuit of equity in FWISD,” she added. “That work is too vital.”

Per the Fox News report, Rehmeyer is “relieved” that Garcia-Lopez is no longer involved on the school board but is still skeptical about the district’s commitment to working with concerned parents, saying, “we are disappointed by the complete lack of action by the Board of Trustees.”

Garcia-Lopez had been actively doxxing parents and launching other personal attacks on social media.

“Garcia-Lopez apparently mocked Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) for needing a wheelchair,” Breitbart News recounted, “as well as shared a post likening opponents of mask mandates to members of the Ku Klux Klan. ‘Y’all had no problem wearing masks when you were burning crosses on our lawns, bombing our churches, and lynching Black people,'” the post said.

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