School Board Members Spar on Twitter Over Call for Terrorism Probe

School Board members Jeff Morse (Dulles) and Atoosa Reaser (Algonkian) publicly quarreled on Twitter over Reaser’s sharing of an article about the School Board.

The article shared by Reaser reports that the National School Board Association is asking President Biden to assist with threats to school boards across the country, and suggests that the threats and violence representatives are experience could be considered “domestic terrorism.”

Morse, a former School Board chairman, responded, saying, “Funny, our school board did NOT vote on this. I do not think it appropriate for an elected official on her official social media feed to make such a misleading statement without input from her full school board. An individual board member has no authority to speak for our board.”

Reaser replied that she was “Just sharing an article, not speaking for the board. And my account clearly says my tweets are my own.”

Following the exchange, which drew criticism online from School Board critics, Reaser removed her vice chair title from her Twitter name.

Later that evening, an email from the account of Michael Biron, who signed the petition seeking the removal School Board member Beth Barts (Leesburg), was sent to the full board with a photo of Reaser, saying “So this monkey face is calling me a domestic terrorist?!”

While the email is not signed, it matches the email address presented in documents included in a subpoena response from Barts’ attorney.

The court filings in the removal case against Barts also show dozens of emails between Biron and School Board members, ranging from sharing concerns over masking protocols, to saying to Barts, “You are pathetic, next time you send someone pictures of yourself … pick a pig.”

Reaser is one of five School Board members threatened with a recall effort spearheaded by the group Fight for Schools. So far, only the petition to remove Barts has been filed in Circuit Court, although the group reports having met the signature threshold to file petitions against other board members as well. A hearing in the case against Barts is scheduled to take place on Tuesday.

To remove an elected official, a petition must have a signature county equal to 10% of the votes cast in the previous election for that office. The petition is then reviewed by a judge, and, if accepted, the commonwealth’s attorney prosecutes the case.

7 thoughts on “School Board Members Spar on Twitter Over Call for Terrorism Probe

  • 2021-10-04 at 10:22 am

    I just wish both sides would lower the temperature. I’ve been an outspoken supporter of LCPS. But I don’t have anything against opponents of LCPS leadership. For the most part, they’ve been nice & civil when countering my social-media posts. Clearly, I don’t feel they’re domestic terrorists. Unfortunately, in the heat of the moment a few harsh things have been written. Let’s raise that bar & keep it raised!

  • 2021-10-04 at 10:27 am

    How about Ms Reaser publicly explain why she was participating in a Facebook group that sought to compile an “Enemies list” of people in Loudoun?

    Domestic terrorism, indeed.

  • 2021-10-04 at 10:43 am

    Speak up against elected official’s policies, and be threatened with the “Patriot Act.” These people are increasingly desperate in their attempts to shut down parent’s concerns. How very progressive.

  • 2021-10-04 at 3:59 pm

    If we had 9 school board members with the ethical, experiential and intellectual capacity of Jeff NONE of this crap choking the school system would be occurring. 🙂

  • 2021-10-04 at 6:05 pm

    Another attempt to silence the good men and women who speak up.
    The unions have been pushing socialism. The public has the right to question.

  • 2021-10-05 at 9:59 am

    timsmith – I could not agree more. Although I don’t have proof, it is my opinion that the priority of the majority of folks smack dab in the middle of this boxing ring between LCPS and FFS simply want the temperature lowered, and in my mind the only way to accomplish that is through productive dialogue, transparent action and compromise. And because it has been LCPS all along who has resisted tried and true mediation processes in the form of the often-suggested Town Halls, I personally hold the SB mostly accountable for the current mess we Loudoun citizens currently find ourselves in. As elected officials, they are supposed to be the “adults in the room” which most certainly has not been the case for mostly all of them (Jeff Morse being the standout exception).

    With that said, I offer this caveat to anyone from FFS who may be monitoring these boards — while you do have silent support from many of us “middle ground” folks, your credibility takes a hit each time you lob a personal criticism or threat at the SB members and their supporters. I cringe every time I hear and read these types of comments, which accomplish nothing except to undermine the validity of your concerns. These recall petitions have enabled FFS to have their day in court, so it’s time to tone down the threats and name calling and let the judicial process take over.

  • 2021-10-07 at 3:26 pm

    Reaser and the NASB (which shouldn’t exist – local school boards should be responsive to parents) support a politicized Department of Justice that directed the FBI to investigate parents and taxpayers, who oppose their radical agenda. The FBI has no business injecting itself into local school board disputes. Parents are totally justified in objecting to this radical leftist board. We have legitimate concerns that the LCSB doesn’t want to hear. That’s why Brenda Sheridan cuts off all speakers after those who have popular support garner applause.

    We object to students being indoctrinated with anti-white racism. We oppose lewd books being purchased with taxpayer money and being put into school libraries. We expect girls’ sports to be reserved for biological girls, and we want girls’ privacy respected. We don’t want teachers to be forced to lie about anyone’s sex or lose their jobs. We don’t want teachers encouraging gender dysphoria without notifying parents.

    The current board members want to shut down our right to speak and steamroll over parental rights. When politicians ask DEMs at the federal level to get involved, and threaten to send FBI agents to harass us, they are trying to intimidate and silence us. It won’t work. We as parents and taxpayers have an obligation to hold our school board and board of supervisors accountable. They must allow teachers to teach, put an end to their social experimentation and the radical, anti-American indoctrination.

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