Tempers flare in the final days before a Kansas City school board election as doorbell tech video footage sparks controversy.
To wit . . .
AN UNINVITED SURPRISE VISIT AND OMINOUS TEXT MESSAGES FROM FORMER COP & LOCAL CAMPAIGNER SPARK BOOKHART INSPIRE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER MANNY ABARCA TO DENOUNCE 'DANGEROUS' TACTICS!!!
We'll explain more about the rival factions later but for now let's focus on the front porch incident . . .
A message that preceded the front porch stop-by during time of plague probably could have been an e-mail or at least a Zoom call request . . .
(Note, we obscured the address out of courtesy.)
And then . .
The visit wasn't welcomed . . . Just released a few moments ago, here's the response . . .
Manny Abarca's Statement:
"It is disappointing to see such volatility in a school board race, that is supposed to be about kids. The actions of Spark Bookhart create a culture and climate that is dangerous. Public servants serve freely, but when anyone takes the next step, to show up to your home, uninvited and unannounced and then doubles down with a threatening messages it’s too far!
"This type of behavior is usually reserved for proud boys and not former KCPD officers. This behavior is never ok, and these actions should be held accountable.
"As the only Latino elected officials in KCMO, I take my service seriously and take pride in putting KCPS first and speaking the truth. The actions taken by Kandace Buckner’s and Tanesha Ford’s campaign manager and School Smart KC supported employee are reprehensible.
"These actions do not foster civility deserving of anyone supporting a public servant. This type of violent behavior shows the desperation to respond to hard facts that display’s KCPS hard earned successes.
"Above all else, if this is the type of judgement these school board candidates have in their advisors, voters should seriously think about their judgement. Vote April 6th, there is too much at stake for our kids."
In fairness, we notice that Mr. Bookhart's wife is attempting to explain/justify the surprise visit . . .
"Manny please. 🙄 You are a public official. Your address and phone number are public record. You calling this a “violent” act is quite the dramatization. Clearly you’re afraid to speak to your constituents and a social media blast with personal information that could compromise my children’s safety is a mistake."
I'm not sure that's fair . . . However, visits to the homes of elected officials are trending amid the current wave of social justice protest.
We feel it's important to DEESCALATE the situation and remind everyone involved that this is a SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION wherein most voters will, sadly, stay home. E-Tax opponents also lament this upcoming low turnout anti-climax.
Moreover, this confrontation has been circulating for a couple of days and TV news stations demure given that most people don't care when Black & brown people intensely debate over the future of the school board.
There's more to this story that involves school board control, the conservative push for school choice and the clandestine effort to oust Superintendent Mark Bedell but for now the front porch debate that didn't happen has garnered momentum amongst urban core political leaders.
Developing . . .