Florida State Rep. Jason Shoaf (right) is calling for the removal of a Leon County middle school principal after the principal posted on Facebook that parents are “getting in the way of our way”. Shoaf’s call to action is in response to a media report of the comments in a Facebook post from Sarah Hembree, principal of Elizabeth Cobb Middle School, located in Leon County.
Tuesday, Tallahassee Reports posted a post on Hembree’s Facebook post which stated in part: “Today I say – Parents, stop asking for stupid bills and getting in our way…schools will do the best for your students in spite of you.”
The statement “Stop lobbying for stupid bills” appears to be a reference to the Parental Rights in Education bill that was recently signed into law by Governor DeSantis.
Hembree added that teachers “want to decide what they teach in their classroom based on the needs of the students in front of them. …I’m SO TIRED of being told that we don’t know what we’re doing or that we don’t care about parents’ rights.
In a Facebook post on Wednesday, Shoaf wrote, “It’s time for this manager to go. She thinks the parents are “getting in her way.” I’m calling Superintendent Rocky Hannah to replace her immediately. It’s the job of parents to watch over their children…not some liberal hack lecturing us.
On Thursday, Leon County School Board President Darryl Jones offered his support for Hembree’s statements in his own Facebook post. Jones shared Hembree’s post and wrote, “I am Darryl Jones, Leon County School Board Chairman…and I support this post.
Jones has not yet responded to our request for comment.
The Leon County School District has been in the news for the past few months when it comes to parental rights in schools.
The family of a college student recently filed a federal lawsuit after Leon County school officials told the family they could meet with their daughter without their permission. Governor DeSantis used the incident as support for provisions included in the Parental Rights in Education legislation.
Additionally, a recent report documented a Facebook post from a Leon County elementary school teacher who was critical of parents.