The head of an Arizona school board is facing calls to resign for allegedly keeping an “online file” containing personal information and photos of outspoken parents who oppose mask mandates and critical race theory, according to reports.
Jann-Michael Greenburg, president of Scottsdale Unified School District, sent parent Kim Stafford an email that inadvertently included a screenshot and link to a Google Drive file accusing her of anti-Semitism over comments she made about billionaire George Soros, the Daily Caller reported.
The news agency said it reviewed the since-deleted Google Drive, which was available to anyone with the link.
Stafford shared the URL with several people, including another mother, Amanda Ray, who told the Daily Caller she was “disgusted” when she noticed pictures of her young daughters.
“When I first saw the contents of Google Drive and saw the pictures of my 8 and 10 year old, it was terrifying. And like, what is he doing?” Ray told AZFamily.com.
“But he has pictures of my vacation home, property records. I am not a political opponent, I am an involved parent and this threatens me and it makes me wonder why and what he was planning to do with these pictures,” she said.
“I think we identified 47 people whose backgrounds, divorce decisions, Social Security numbers, property records, and mortgages have been checked,” added Ray, who noted that Google Drive contained harsh memes.
Wray said that in one woman’s case, whoever created the file “picked her up and rode her over the lynching and I can tell you, she’s stunned by this and it’s disgusting.”
The folders included in the drive — which the parents called an “online file” — were labeled “SUSD Wackos,” “Anti Mask Lunatics,” and “Press Conference Psychos.” The Daily Caller said the latest of those images included a video clip showing parents holding signs that read “CRT is racist” and “SUSD demand transparency.”
The file targets the concerned parent group the Community Advocacy Network, whose Facebook page administrators and founders have folders dedicated to images of their comments, photos, and even their financial records.
Wray, a CAN leader, said the file also included her credit check from Desert Financial Federal Credit Union, her mortgage and information about her Airbnb properties, the Daily Caller said.
Wray said she believes the parents are being targeted because they are advocating a Greenberg recall due to COVID-19 policies in the area, the AZ family said.
“We’re not mask-blockers, and we’re not anti-vaccine. They painted us that way because it fits their fiery narrative. We’re all for parental choice and really transparency.”
On Wednesday, the county sent an email to parents assuring them that their personal and educational data was safe — and also blamed Google Drive solely on Greenberg’s father, Mark.
“While the existence of the site and its public record contents may be of concern, such activities are not within the remit of the Scottsdale Unified School District of Control and are not related to the district’s mission to provide world-class, future-focused learning opportunities for the district,” said Family AZ. .
A video obtained by the Daily Independent allegedly shows Mark Greenberg taking pictures of parents and children without their knowledge on August 24, hours before a school board meeting, according to National Review.
The outlet said Mark Greenberg previously ran a parody website targeting former school board member Barbara Berlberg.
Although Mark Greenburg is listed as the owner of Google Drive, records from a private board meeting in August show Jann-Michael admitted to sharing a computer with his father, according to AZ Free News.
The parents say that both men share a computer, there is no way of knowing who uploaded the files.
Jan sent the screenshot. He has access to that drive, so I’m really interested in understanding how he’d say he didn’t know because he had the drive open on his computer,” Wray told AZ Family.
A spokesman for the district said their hands are tied because Greenberg is an elected official and the only way to remove him is through a vote of no confidence, defeat him in next year’s election, or resign.
“You have the school district saying, ‘Excuse me, he was elected. He is allowed to abuse society. He’s allowed to use student and parent information, sorry,” Ray replied.
“I don’t let my kids ride the bus anymore. I pick them up at school. I told the principal that this guy has a motorbike and he looks like that, so the security officer is watching. We’re on the edge of a cliff,” Ray added.
Amy Carney, a mother of six running for a seat on the school board in November 2022, is among those calling for Greenberg to step down.
“We are asking for President Greenberg’s resignation from the Board of Directors, effective immediately, due to this and other recent embarrassments to our region,” Carney said, according to AZ Free News.
Greenberg and his father denied collecting documents or having any knowledge of Google Drive in comments to the Daily Independent.
“I categorically deny any connection to any of this. If you were to claim in a story at the moment, that I had anything to do with this, I would argue that this crosses the line,” Jean-Michael told the outlet while his father was reportedly listening in on the call.
“We’ll have the forensic IT staff look into this and figure out what it is,” Greenberg added. “You can file a file with law enforcement, I’m not even sure why we’re looking at these photos.”