California School Board President Curses at Parent During Public Comment

By Vanessa Serna
Vanessa Serna
Vanessa Serna
Vanessa Serna is a California-based daily news reporter for The Epoch Times.
October 28, 2021 Updated: November 1, 2021

A California school board president was caught swearing on camera toward a parent providing public comment at a recent board meeting.

Marlys Davidson, president of the Los Alamitos Unified School District (LAUSD), was heard cursing at parent Lauren Roupoli after Roupoli spoke out, during public comment, against the K–12 vaccine and mask mandate.

Following the incident, Davidson issued an apology regarding her comments during the Nov. 2 meeting.

“I reaffirm my commitment to serve our community with dignity and integrity, and I hope they will accept my sincere apology,” Davidson said in a statement to KTLA.

While Davidson was not heard by the audience inside the board meeting, those watching online heard the president say the curse words toward Roupoli.

“I didn’t hear it when I was up there because she was wearing a mask,” Roupoli told The Epoch Times. “There was a round of applause and you could hear it on the board meeting live online because she had the round of applause muted.”

Upon realizing the incident, Roupoli was speechless and in disbelief of the comment that occurred at one of her first public comment appearances.

“It just shows the amount of respect she does have for these parents, and it’s sad that it took the hot mike to expose that,” Roupoli said. “Some were saddened to just see the true colors of how they really feel about the parents, because if it was the other way around, I would have been labeled a domestic terrorist, and probably escorted out.”

Davidson was not immediately available for comment.

Vanessa Serna is a California-based daily news reporter for The Epoch Times.