A Washington state woman with a history of anti-police statements and apparently once inciting riots has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the city’s school board.
Tarauna Reid was sworn in at a meeting of the Olympia School Board on Thursday, October 27, according to a press release.
The Olympia School Board unanimously agreed to appoint Reed to the District 2 board earlier this month.
Since her appointment, a July 2021 video recording has circulated online showing Reid addressing a crowd outside the State Capitol.
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In the video, Reid yells “f— the police” before encouraging the crowd to say the names of Breonna Taylor and Yvonne McDonald. Taylor was her 26-year-old black emergency medical worker who was killed by police during a “no-knock” drug drive to her home in March 2020. McDonald is Reed’s 58-year-old aunt, who was found dead by a street sweeper in 2018. Activists, including Reed, have argued that McDonald’s death was not fully investigated and that authorities were “deliberately covering up something.”
in the July 2021 videoReid claims that “both black women were murdered by f—ing police.”
“I’m amazed that those pigs are sitting over there watching us peacefully … talk about what we want to change in this state,” Reed says. “And they don’t pay attention until we tear it up. So before I start, tear everything in this fucking city up and do what we want.”
Reid has an extensive history of political activism. According to OSD, Reed leads his Interfaith Works outreach and advocacy, where he navigator works with homeless people. She was named the YWCA’s ‘Womxn of Achievement’ in 2020 as part of the organization’s annual Olympia event. She ran for Olympia City Council in 2021, but lost to Lisa Parschery.
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The school board that Reed sits on is made up of five members who are voted on for four-year terms. Reid’s predecessor, Justin McCohan, resigned at the board meeting in June.According to The Olympian, nominees for board members to fill vacancies between elections will be voted on by the school board, rather than voted on. undergo a series of interviews with
During her swearing-in ceremony on Thursday, many welcomed her appointment, but others expressed concern over her past comments.
Reed replied that it was everyone’s right to participate in public comment, just as it was her right to “against police brutality.”
“I am thrilled to do this work and be a part of this,” she said. “I am invested in this community. We care about them because we can learn a lot from them.”
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The OSD told Fox News Digital it had received a number of emails and phone calls “supporting and opposing the board’s unanimous decision to appoint Tarauna Reid to the Olympia School Board on October 13.” .
The OSD said Reed was selected among other candidates for the content of her responses throughout the interview process and for “her advocacy and advocacy with underserved members of our community.” said to be based on experience.
“During the interview process, she has demonstrated to be a dedicated and thoughtful advocate for our district’s students,” OSD said. I look forward to addressing the pressing issues of equity and inclusion in our school district, and I believe she will be a key voice and partner moving forward.”
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The lead’s term of office is one year until December 2023.