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Superintendent Simon tweets “Talk to me” then blocks parents who respond

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

On Wednesday, Alachua County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Carlee Simon tweeted, “Talk to me again about mental health for our children. Please be as passionate about children in mass shootings as you have been about children wearing a piece of cloth over their nose and mouth.”

Some local parents took her up on the invitation and were quickly blocked on Twitter, which means they are now unable to see her tweets.

A local parent asked her to talk to them about denying mask exemptions that were written by mental health providers. @durandhunter wrote, “Talk to me about how you denied mental health patient/provider privilege with licensed mental health providers regarding a child’s mental wellbeing and needing exemptions from your mandates.”

This parent lives in Alachua County and has school-aged children. @durandhunter and four other local parents who didn’t want to be included in the article sent us screenshots showing that they were blocked by Simon after posting a reply to the tweet above.

@LaurenDthatsme, another local parent, wrote, “Who are you consulting about the mental health of our children? Perhaps the better question is, ARE you?” She was also blocked after posting that.

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Local parent Tayari Appiah didn’t post a reply but liked some of the tweets. He is now blocked, too.

By late afternoon on Thursday, Simon had deleted the tweet.

Dr. Simon sent the following statement to the Alachua Chronicle: “I block individuals that I do not want to engage with on my personal Twitter page for various reasons. I’ve blocked several times over the years I’ve been using Twitter, as many others do. With the anonymity of Twitter Handles I would not know if someone is local or not… or even real (bot).  If I blocked a local parent it would have been based on my decision to not engage with that individual. We all have different expectations and standards for how we choose to interact with others on social media. I believe healthy boundaries are extremely important, this includes social media as well.”

Several factors go into the determination of whether it’s legal for a public official to block other accounts on social media. A lawsuit against State Representative Chuck Clemons on similar grounds was voluntarily dismissed by the plaintiff recently; Clemons argued that the account was a personal account, not his official State Representative account. An article from the ACLU says that courts look at “a variety of factors to determine if a social media account is used for governmental business and therefore must be open to the public.” Simon could argue similarly that this is her personal account, since she has had the account since 2013, well before becoming Superintendent, but the banner image on her account is a picture of the Alachua County Public Schools administration building, and the first statement in her bio says she is “Superintendent of @AlachuaSchools.”

  • Another example of how far-left liberals are seeking, and in many ways silencing, the voices of those who disagree with their ideals and philosophies. If memory serves me correctly, didn’t that sore loser Trump lose his lawsuit about blocking his critics?

    Maybe she should go back to teaching “Shop” so she can use the equipment to drown out the voices instead.

    Amazing how gullible the believers are…

  • She’s a typical communist who can’t stand having civilized conversations with people who disagree with her.

  • She seems like she’s in a position to better discuss mental illness than mental health. Does she think she’s a psychologist now? In addition to epidemiologist, public health official, etc.?

    • Well she doesn’t need a teaching certificate so why should an M.D. matter? In this district anyway.

      • She has a Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Policy, and a forthcoming Ph.D. in Design, Construction, and Urban Planning.

  • She thinks she is an expert at everything and does nothing but continue to fan the flames with her latest column calling out our Governor and Surgeon General. This county has been the most divisive it’s ever been under her reign. The culture is toxic. It is way past time for her to go!

    • “School shootings” she says? Juveniles who commit serious
      Crimes should be direct filed to adult court and have
      Their mugshots publicized…if a juvenile commits
      A crime, arrest the parent too. No 2nd chances.
      Isn’t there a Bill going through the legislature that will erase the juveniles’ criminal history if they go through a deferment program
      That DeSantis vetoed last year? No erasing of a juveniles record if they go through a deferment program!
      Deferment programs don’t work. How’s that tweet Dr. Simon?

      • That erase the juvenile record thing is because
        They want to keep the statistics low for black juveniles…look at all the black on black crime recently in our community…I think realtruth2020
        Is keeping track & thought he said “11 out of 12”?

  • The mass shootings happened in public schools no matter how expensive their technology and building materials. It’s the culture and character inside them that matter, not pretense.

    • Agreed. What a horrible person Dr. Simon is to
      Bring up mass shootings and comparing that to parents not wanting
      Their kids to have face masks on because the school board tortured their children with face masks and
      Then block you. Action should be taken to remove her
      From her superintendent position. I believe that tweet is
      Grounds for her removal…totally disgusting and uncalled for. How do we start the process of her removal?

        • She is not fit to serve. She needs to explain herself and not hide behind her stupid mask….
          Someone said here that “they wear the stupid masks to hide their stupid faces”… that was a real
          Stupid tweet she made. Unforgivable.

  • i got banned from everything, watch corporate-mind-rape-hearts sing about their favorite KillShotThings and DARPA-MindRape-Bling…

  • just obey official story, if this was a DeathCult then official story authorities would tell you to stop killing your children with Big Pharma

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