PHOENIX — A Valley school board official has turned heads online this week after she went on a profanity-laced political rant against a teacher online.
Aude Odeh, an English teacher at Barry Goldwater High School located near Interstate 17 and the Loop 101, said he was engaged in a Twitter conversation with another teacher and Deer Valley Unified School District Board President Kim Fisher when she insulted him multiple times.
Screengrabs posted by Odeh (WARNING: LINK CONTAINS OBSCENE LANGUAGE) showed the trio were arguing about President Donald Trump’s proposed travel ban when Odeh said, “All he is doing is banning Muslim majority countries. Period.”
Fisher responded with: “Because you say so? [Expletive].”
Odeh, a Palestinian-American who is Muslim, continued to wrangle with Fisher on Twitter, sending her links to other information.
“I send you information, you call it bs (sic) without any evidence of your own,” he wrote. “I back up my own information with a source and you call is bs (sic) again.”
Fisher responded with: “You are an anti-American Trump hating troll no matter what you say it’s b*******.”
Fisher has since made her account private, but further screengrabs showed she defended her position.
“I am who I am,” she wrote. “Honest and open. I will not create a fake account. That is deceptive. I invite anyone to meet with me and discuss issues.”
She also stated her tweets were not sent as part of her job, but as a private citizen who served the school district.
“The comment about a national political item is not as a DVUSD person nor does it represent any DVUSD set opinions,” Fisher wrote, adding that there was “no bullying or harassment from me.”
Odeh started a petition on change.org to inform district officials about the conversation. He said he did not object to her political leanings, but her unprofessionalism.
“Never once, in my political discourses online have I ever lowered myself to name calling, but it only took Ms. Fisher a few conversations to resort to name calling,” he wrote.
“What image does this send our students and the community that the President (sic) of our school board thinks this type of rhetoric is acceptable towards anyone, let alone an educator?”