A former Google executive and the president of a California school board has resigned after his wife tweeted racist comments about the Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
“All she needs to be qualified is a black p—y! No brain needed!” Mehridith Philips Venverloh wrote on her Twitter account, according to The Post.
Jon Venverloh resigned from the Las Lomitas Elementary School District in the San Francisco Bay Area on Sunday November 8, while condemning the “reprehensible views” of his wife.
Another post suggested that Harris had used sex to “whore” her way to her history-making position, with other posts also attacking the LGBTQ community, according to the report.
“I almost vomited, then I cried a little bit and then I was just shaking and I was so angry,” a mother of four, Brianna Caldwell Caldwell, told KGO about Philips Venverloh’s now deleted tweet.
Philips Venverloh’s fellow parents echoed similar sentiments online and in-person outside both the district’s elementary and middle schools in Atherton and Menlo Park.
“I was shocked…I feel sorry for the lady (Mehridith) more than anything else,” says Sasa Caval who was picking her daughter up from school.
Philips Venverloh’s husband resigned from the school board after a petition was signed by more than 100 people in just hours, according to the Mercury News.
“Given my wife’s social media posts, which expressed reprehensible views that I do not agree with, I know that my continued service would be a distraction from the work that needs to be done in the District over the two years remaining in my term,” Venverloh said in a statement.
Before deleting her account, Philips Venverloh apologized for her “vulgar” words that she said were written “in a moment of disappointment.”
“I am deeply sorry and ashamed,” she said and added that she has been taking medications for a “debilitating neurological disease” but had been weaning herself off them in preparation for a scheduled hospitalization.
“I believe that the change in medication reduced my judgment between right and wrong when I made the posts,” she said.
Here is Jon Venverloh’s full resignation letter obtained by ABC News:
Dear Las Lomitas School Community,
“It is with a heavy heart that I announce I am resigning as Trustee of the Las Lomitas Elementary School District, effective immediately. I love this community, but I love my family more and need to be focused on and support them at this time.
My wife and I have volunteered in the District for over a decade while our four girls have gone through our amazing schools with our world class teachers. I have raised tens of thousands of dollars to support our schools and to make them as strong as possible. I stood for election to be a Trustee because I care about doing the right thing for ALL of our kids in our District. However, given my wife’s social media posts, which expressed reprehensible views that I do not agree with, I know that my continued service would be a distraction from the work that needs to be done in the District over the two years remaining in my term.
Let me be clear: I did not make the remarks that have so upset the community. I was not present when they were made. I have never encouraged such thinking or opinions, and I don’t agree with them in any way whatsoever. They do not represent who I am nor who my family is in any way. On the contrary, I have been an active champion
of diversity and inclusion and we have funded significant projects to benefit the underserved. As School Board president I called for a review of our curriculum to ensure it addresses topics of racial understanding and respect, and I always apply a strong equity lens to all our policy decisions.
Despite one of the most difficult years we’ve had as a nation and a community because of the ongoing pandemic, I am proud to have served our kids in helping create a safe (and in many cases new) school environment. I truly believe that our District is stronger than ever because we worked together to get all of our kids safely back to school and learning.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve our schools and our community for the past two years. I wish you all well.