COLORADO SPRINGS — A bunch of mother and father with college students in Colorado Springs School District 11 is turning into extra vocal of their considerations relating to social media posts made on the non-public, albeit public, accounts of two members of the district’s board of training.
Reverand Al Loma, whose time period as a board director started this yr and extends till 2024, has made a behavior out of publicizing his views towards the COVID-19 vaccine.
The put up, linked under, appeared on Facebook in December as an obvious repost of one of Loma’s Facebook “Memories.” It appears to recommend that individuals who obtain the COVID-19 vaccine are making themselves susceptible to authorities monitoring by way of microchips. The pictures included within the posting appear to narrate “mandatory vaccinations” to “microchip implants,” name “microchip implants” the “mark of the beast,” and recommend “microchip implants” are used for “human tracking.”
In an electronic mail trade, FOX21 News questioned Loma over the importance of the put up and requested for his views relating to COVID19, masking insurance policies, and the vaccine for additional context.
In response, Loma wrote merely, “Nothing significant. I think the pictures were interesting.”
When FOX21 responded, particularly asking for Loma’s ideas on whether or not he believes individuals who obtain the COVID-19 vaccine are in danger of being implanted with microchips, Loma wrote partly:
“I have a Christian orthodox worldview. My values derive from the greatest commandments; love God and love your neighbor. Politically, I am a [sic] constitution driven. Less government and more personal freedom. No mandates from politicians and false Fauci. His science is now proven wrong.”
But, in keeping with the Centers for Disease Control, “Vaccines remain the best public health measure to protect people from COVID-19, slow transmission, and reduce the likelihood of new variants emerging.”
The CDC has acknowledged that breakthrough infections amongst those that are totally vaccinated are doubtless, however says, “vaccines have remained effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death.”
The group additionally notes “COVID-19 vaccines do not contain microchips. Vaccines are developed to fight against disease and are not administered to track your movement.”
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Other posts, such because the one under, made on Loma’s Instagram account, have additionally prompted concern amongst some mother and father:
Jason Jorgenson, D11 BOE vp (time period 2019-2023), is below related scrutiny for a put up he made on Facebook final yr:
The put up, which was eliminated after questioning from FOX21, was a meme exhibiting a body from the Seventies film “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.” It confirmed a smirking Willy Wonka sipping a cup of tea with textual content that learn: “You keep saying that me not wearing a mask is killing you. It’s been months. How much longer will it take?”
Jorgenson added the next textual content to caption the meme: “Well…and as our county has been ‘demoted’ to Level Orange. And while there is “bloodshed” in keeping with our Governor. Wake up! #willyoucomply #CourageisContagious”
However, the CDC says, “Masks offer protection against all variants” of COVID-19 and it “continues to recommend wearing a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high community transmission, regardless of vaccination status.”
FOX21 News requested Jorgenson to touch upon the put up after a quantity of mother and father within the district mentioned they perceived the content material as threatening to those that share completely different opinions.
Without responding to that query particularly, Jorgenson wrote, partly: “…these are my views and the opinions are my own and not of the collective Board of Education or District 11. I’d like to acknowledge that this post is over a year old, so I wonder the intent of asking for a response now. This is also my personal Facebook page and freedom of speech is available to me, like everyone else.”
It ought to be famous that, in actual fact, the First Amendment doesn’t apply to social media. It is, as an alternative, a safety towards censorship from the federal government.
When questioned additional relating to the notion that he could been seen as threatening to others by way of his posts, Jorgenson mentioned, “I have nothing further to add,” although he did ask that any mother and father with considerations attain out to him personally.
Additionally, FOX21 requested the district itself for remark.
A D11 consultant wrote: “Just as staff have their personal social media accounts and have posted things expressing their opinions on their personal feeds, so do board members. The comments on personal social media feeds are not reflective of the District’s stance on issues.”
District 11’s Board of Education is comprised of seven members – every one elected “at large from within district boundaries,” per the board guide. It operates individually from district administration.
Included in a listing of expectations for board members’ conduct in public – on a person foundation – are the next objects:
– Board members will take duty for ensuring they’ve full and correct
data earlier than relaying information by way of any discussion board.
– If a Board member misspeaks by reality or implication, the Director will appropriate errors.
– Board members will mirror Board and District values always.
The full listing of duties and duties of board members could be discovered at this hyperlink.
The subsequent D11 Board assembly is about for January 12 at 5:30 p.m. and could be seen by livestream right here.