Corvallis school board member under fire for anti-police, sex tweet

Parents say Brandy Fortson should be recalled, and school leaders say Fortson's comments are "not in alignment" with the district's guiding principles.

Posted: Nov 8, 2019 12:11 PM
Updated: Nov 11, 2019 1:14 PM

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- A member of the Corvallis School District board of education is under fire following a tweet in which they called police "bastards."

On Thursday, Brandy Fortson tweeted: "Hey kids, always remember that all cops are bastards."

Fortson also tweeted in support of sex workers, saying "Sex work is real work!" six times.

KEZI 9 News reporter Connor McCarthy spoke to parents today, who told him they are considering a recall effort against Fortson.

The Corvallis Police Department issued a statement, saying the tweet was brought to their attention Friday morning. 

"The Corvallis Police Department supports an individual’s constitutional right to free speech, and the expression of their opinion. As such, we do not have a comment in regards to the Tweet, nor will be commenting in the future," the statement read.

The chairman of the school board, Sami Al-AbdRabbuh, and superintendent Ryan Noss released a statement saying that Fortson was not speaking for the board.

"The comments made by Director Fortson are not in alignment with the guiding principles set by the Board and do not represent the School District nor the School Board," the statement read.

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