Furious parents in Chula Vista, California, are demanding answers after a school board member’s disturbing years-old tweets resurfaced and went viral when one worried father shared them to social media.
The interim superintendent quickly responded by trying to distance the district from tweets posted years ago by Kate Bishop, who acknowledged that she has made some “past mistakes.”
“I’m pretty sure I hit my sexual peak today. Somebody bring me an 18-year-old boy, STAT!” Bishop tweeted back in 2012 alongside the hashtag “hormones,” according to Fox News. Another tweet that she posted the year before reading, “Off to the park to see what hot 3-year-old girls my kid can hit on #ValentinesDay.”
“I think that someone with this type of character is unfit to serve,” said Katie Davidson-Brock, a mother of three in Chula Vista who has one child attending Chula Vista Elementary School. While Davidson-Brock stopped short of demanding that Bishop resign, she said that she wanted answers.
“I get that most of this stuff is just bad jokes, but I would still like to hear or the district address it,” the fuming mother said.
However, Kimberly Dickson and Matt Dickson, who have two children in the area, did call on Bishop to resign for her “jaw-dropping” tweets. They were particularly disturbed by the tweet Bishop posted about an 18-year-old boy.
“To choose an 18-year-old boy as opposed to somebody her own age, it appears to have a predatory context,” Matt said, adding that she seemed to be “looking for somebody young and vulnerable. Having somebody who looks at young people in that manner is very scary.”
“If she’s a leader with this kind of – in my opinion – predatory thought process, is this going through the rest of the board and of the school district? Is there an acceptance of this kind of behavior?” he asked.
This came after Joe Thomas, a father in the school district, shared Bishop’s tweets to social media.
“Her comments are appalling, disturbing, and unprofessional for any educator in the public school system,” he wrote in a Facebook post. Thomas proceeded to share the school district’s response to him after he reached out to the superintendent’s office.
“Ms. Bishop received the Let’s Talk Dialogue on Friday. I am not aware if there was any further action taken regarding this dialogue,” wrote Nancy Teahan, assistant to the superintendent and school board.
“She is the perfect example of who not to put in charge of decisions that affect our children,” Thomas concluded.
Chula Vista Elementary School District Interim Superintendent Oscar Esquivel responded by issuing a statement distancing the district from Bishop.
“The social media posts occurred years before Kate Bishop’s election to the Board of Education,” he said. “Her personal tweets do not represent the opinions or beliefs of the Chula Vista Elementary School District.”
Bishop herself addressed the scandal by saying, “As a parent involved in education, I see this as a teachable moment that things put on the internet last forever. The intent of these tweets was meant to be funny, but they weren’t, and without context years later, they have actually hurt people that I care about.”
“I own my past mistakes, and I have been more mindful of things that I post publicly online since then,” Bishop concluded.
It remains to be seen whether Bishop will resign over these tweets.