Outraged Fort Worth parents are demanding that a Hispanic school board member be fired after she released private information on white parents who sued the district over COVID-19 mask mandates, and left profanity-laden voicemails for one mother.
Fort Worth Independent School District’s Racial Equity Committee Norma Garcia-Lopez admitted that she released the information on social media and swore at a mother in a vulgar voicemail – but has defended her actions.
She was also been backed by the school board at a news conference last Thursday after she allegedly received dozens of threatening and racist phone and social media messages, calling for her removal in November.
‘Some people consider my actions doxxing,’ Garcia-Lopez said in a statement to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. ‘It’s not doxxing when you expose someone who filed a public motion in a public court of law that impacts public school children.’
Norma Garcia-Lopez (pictured) is the co-chair of the Fort Worth independent school district board’s Racial Equity Committee. She defended herself last week after doxxing personal information of parents online and leaving a profanity-laced voicemail attacking a mother who sued the school district over a COVID-19 mask mandate
Pictured: A quote tweet from Garcia -Lopez revealing the names of families against the school district’s COVID-19 mask mandate
Pictured: A Facebook screenshot of a post from Norma Garcia-Lopez, sharing details of the parents who appealed against the school district’s mask mandate. Later in the comments, Garcia-Lopez says that the parent ‘definitely need to be called out’.
The threatening and racist messages came after Garcia-Lopez doxxed parents who filed a lawsuit against the Fort Worth Independent School District (ISD) over its mask mandate, securing a temporary injunction in August.
Doxxing means to search for and publish private or identifying information about a particular individual on the internet, typically with malicious intent.
‘It’s astounding what the “White Privilege” power from Tanglewood has vs a whole diverse community that cares for the well being of others,’ Garcia-Lopez wrote on her Twitter account, which no longer exists. ‘These are their names: Jennifer Treger, Todd Daniel, Kerri Rehmeyer and a coward Jane Doe. Internet do your thang.’
Garcia-Lopez then revealed the phone numbers as well as the addresses of the four families, along with Rehmeyer’s employer and work email address, under a Facebook post. She later commented, under the same post, that the parents ‘definitely need to be called out’ after someone thanked her for sharing the information.
Fort Worth Independent School District has so far not taken any action against Garcia-Lopez
Kerri Rehmeyer, a real estate agent, said that the death threats Garcia-Lopez has so far received are ‘totally uncalled-for’ despite receiving a vulgar voicemail from the co-chair
Garcia-Lopez also defended her move to leave a voicemail full of swearing on Kerri Rehmeyer’s phone, using a blocked number to call her. The call was made after the parents, who had sued FWISD for a mask mandate, won the lawsuit and before Garcia-Lopez was made co-chair of the Racial Equity Committee.
‘F**** you, you stupid b****. F**** you with your white privilege, not caring about the well-being of others, f*** you,’ Garcia-Lopez said in the voicemail, according to a recording found by Dailymail.com.
‘My message contained harsh language — no threats,’ Garcia-Lopez said in her statement. ‘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 a video showing her making a speech in front of the school district, Garcia-Lopez emphasizes that supporting local mask mandates is synonymous with advocating for children.
‘When we’re advocating for their health and safety, for mask mandates, for vaccines, for everything, for all the equity in the classrooms, that’s because we care, not because we don’t,’ Garcia-Lopez said.
At Thursday’s Racial Equity meeting, co-chair Garcia-Lopez slammed parents opposing the school district’s COVID-19 mask mandate once more, saying: ‘when did a healthcare crisis become political?’
Max Krochmal, a history professor at Texas Christian University, spoke at a press conference defending Norma Garcia-Lopez on Thursday, while targeted parents called for his colleague’s removal
Max Krochmal, an award-winning history professor at Texas Christian University and a member of the committee, defended Garcia-Lopez at a news conference Thursday.
He said some members of the committee drafted a resolution, demanding the school district affirm its ‘support for Garcia-Lopez as co-chair of the Racial Equity Committee, with a note of appreciation and thanks.’
The Racial Equity Committee was created in 2016 to recommend practices to the school board that support, rather than discriminate, students and staff of color.
But ever since she decided to turn against parents of the school district, Garcia-Lopez has received ‘racist and fat-shaming statements,’ requests to ‘go back to Mexico,’ and ill-wish memos calling her ‘a great candidate for having a stroke.’ She has also received death threats and remarks concerning the safety of her family.
‘They sent a lynch mob to attack me,’ Garcia-Lopez said. ‘They want to silence me from advocating for equity, by pressuring me into resigning as co-chair of the Racial Equity Committee.’
Rehmeyer, who was the recipient of Garcia-Lopez’s profanity-laced voicemail, said she did not participate in the release of Garcia-Lopez’s personal information, which has been released by doxxers. Fearing for her safety, Garcia-Lopez has had to follow local law enforcement’s recommendation to protect herself from danger.
Rehmeyer has also rebutted Garcia-Lopez’s claim about being attacked by a lynch mob, saying that ‘all we did was go to the media with what she had done to us.’
The targeted mother, who is also a real estate professional for Wilco Realtors, also criticized people who sent the committee co-chair any threats or racist messages, saying: ‘That’s just totally uncalled-for.’
While Rehmeyer acknowledged the findings of her name and address, as well as the ones of the three other families, in legal court documents, she accused Garcia-Lopez of telling to people to ‘go after us, said where I worked.’
‘I received 17 voicemails at work from one person,’ Rehmeyer said, adding that some of the other targeted parents have local businesses that have received negative reviews online from people who ‘don’t even try to pretend that they were clients.’
‘I had a previous client who said she hoped that I died,’ the mother revealed.
On a further note, Rehmeyer said that the criticism went too far and that it ‘has nothing to do with equity work.’ Rather, she claims it has everything to do with the way she and and other parents were treated by Garcia-Lopez.
‘She’s not holding to the standards that they have for teachers and students,’ she said. Her and the other targeted families forwarded screenshots of Garcia-Lopez’s actions to the school board but never heard anything back.
‘It’s unacceptable to me that they’re not holding her accountable,’ Rehmeyer said.
Carlos Turcios, a 20-year-old former member of the school district’s Racial Equity Committee, denounced the lack of consequences that Garcia-Lopez has had to face.
‘It is unacceptable that the ISD is not holding the co-chair accountable for her actions,” Turcios told Fox News. ‘She doxxed parents and financially impacted one of the parents’ businesses. What type of leadership is the committee and FWISD showing to its students? That bullying and intimidation are OK? That it’s fine to leave voicemails harassing parents if they disagree with you?’
‘Superintendent [Kent] Scribner should resign for allowing this environment of bullying,’ Turcios added.
Dailymail.com has reached to Garcia-Lopez and the Fort Worth Independent School District for comment.