Taking a leaf from the QAnon playbook of turning school boards into battlegrounds for unhinged conservative politics, a woman named Gabriella Moorman threatened individual members of the Telluride School District board in San Miguel County as a way to rail against district policies that guided masking during the pandemic, sex education, Critical Race Theory (which is not taught in K-12 schools) and other practices and policies the school board has taken in the past.
Moorman wrote to board members that “you could lose your house, your cars, your job, your retirement, etc., if you DO NOT PAY ATTENTION. You are inviolation of multiple State, Federal and International laws … and you could be facing time in FEDERAL PRISON for your actions if you do not cease and desist.”
A Telluride Daily Planet article today says “Moorman’s letter alleges school board members and Superintendent John Pandolfo violated their oath of office and are guilty of conspiracy, extortion, fraud, racketeering, genocide and treason.”
Moorman threatened to file claims against each individual school board member’s liability insurance alleging she has incurred damages from school board policies. Moorman submitted a list of demands to the District that sounded more like a ransom note, including that the district “halt enforcement of all policies that require universal wearing of … face masks,” adopt a “policy which makes it clear the Board has no authority for future health related policies, orders or mandates,” “Halt all forms of Covid-19 propaganda concerning how dangerous Covid is,” “Halt all promotion of vaccine clinics and shut down vaccine clinics on school grounds” and other demands.
About 500 people attended the last school board meeting to show support for the Telluride School Board. According to the Telluride Daily Planet, everyone who spoke at that meeting expressed support for the school board and the school district’s curriculum and policies.
KKTV in Colorado Springs published an article last September about an analysis that showed the Telluride School District is ranked the #2 school district in the entire state.