A school board president for a district in California is facing backlash after calling on “Christ-centered” parents to get involved in decisions made about their children’s curricula.
Julie Leavens Hupp of the Rocklin Unified School District published a Facebook post in late August, encouraging “Christ-centered” and “family-focused” parents to take active roles in the school district by joining the advisory committee, KCRA-TV reported.
Almost immediately, Hupp was faced with scorn for her post.
“This is so inappropriate,” wrote one commenter. “As a representative of our school district, you are out of line promoting religion. Separation of church and state. This needs to go viral, it’s so out of line.”
Another added, “Time for you to step down. You clearly don’t understand separation of church and state.”
Hupp, for her part, responded to one concerned critic, telling the commenter that she posted her message in several places and is hoping to see parents of all different backgrounds engaging in the advisory committee, so long as they are “family-centered individuals and principle-centered, loving people.”
“All faiths and all child-loving people are encouraged to sign up,” she wrote. “The inclusion of one does not mean the exclusion of others. I also asked others. It is an open door. If you live in Rocklin and want what is best for children and have the time to commit, come join.”
While there were plenty of outspoken critics chiming in on Hupp’s post, the school board leader also earned praise from others refreshed by her candor and positivity.
“Thank you for what you do!!” wrote one supporter. “Don’t let those who will tear you down win!! Save the children!!”
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“Julie, thank you,” noted another. “Indoctrination of our kids is definitely in the agenda. And we need as many Christ-loving-centered families to join in as we are under-represented currently. God bless you, and pay no attention to these people giving you backlash over your request. Stay strong in the Lord.”
In a statement to Fox News, a spokesperson from the RUSD said the district is “aware” of Hupp’s posts.
“The Rocklin Unified School District is aware of social media posts made by Board Trustee Hupp that were shared on many social media pages asking for people of varying backgrounds to sign up to RUSD committees,” the representative said. “The post that is being circulated is just one of her posts. Trustee Hupp has always been proud of the diversity of our community and hopes to see it represented in all of our committees.”
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