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In Shakopee, Minnesota, HomeTown Bank has placed Tara McNeally on unpaid leave and could fire her after the local school superintendent complained to her boss about comments she made on Facebook. McNeally was upset that a school board member did not appear to be paying attention when one of her friends spoke about the school system's mask policy. She posted that Kristi Peterson seemed to be looking at the clock. Video showed Peterson turning her head repeatedly while the friend speaks, but it isn't clear what she is looking at. Shakopee Superintendent Mike Redmond said McNeally's claim was false, and if she worked for the school system she would be referred to human resources for discipline. McNeally doesn't work for the school system, but she does work for a bank branch inside Shakopee High School, and Redmond's letter said she should not be allowed inside any district school.

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  1. Fuck Joe Biden.

    Also, fuck this school board who continues to do taxpayers’ business by teleconference, instead of in person.

    Fuck this superintendent and the bank, as well.

    Finally, fuck this bank teller for bitching about the school board member on Facebook, when she works inside the school.

    Freedom of speech doesn’t include being rude to the people who allowed you to work as a guest in the building these people operate.

    1. Freedom of speech doesn’t include being rude to the people who allowed you to work as a guest in the building these people operate.

      Did she sign an NDA? Is she under a gag order? Otherwise, yeah, it does. Even at that, the school board meeting is a matter of public record.

      There may be a case to be had if she posted from work, or to the bank or the school board’s Facebook page, or that the school board member was daydreaming about diddling kids. Otherwise, can the bank or the school board fire you over some shit the local school board member read off the bathroom wall in a local bar?

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    2. Finally, fuck this bank teller for bitching about the school board member on Facebook, when she works inside the school.

      Hey genius – the “school board member” is an elected official. You are legally permitted to criticize them wherever the fuck you like. And if she was barred from working in that school as a result, the district would be in an actionable position.

      1. Agree with your sentiment, but quibble with the phrasing:

        We are not “legally permitted” to criticize elected officials. It is our right, for which we do not have to ask permission.

        (Yeah, yeah, I know, tell that to the sheriff in any number of “may issue” gun permit states.)

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    3. Freedom of speech doesn’t include being rude to the people who allowed you to work as a guest in the building these people operate.

      When it’s an elected official, it sure as hell does.

  2. There’s a bank inside a high school?

    1. Not that rare. It’s to teach skills and financial literacy to students.

      Article below is seven years old.

      https://www.npr.org/2014/06/04/318489887/as-banks-open-in-schools-a-chance-for-students-to-learn-to-save

    2. That was my first thought too. How big does a school need to be before it gets its own bank branch?

  3. Private citizens like Superintendent Redmond have to be free to criticize public officials like Bank Teller McNeally without repercussions, otherwise how else are we going to keep honest financial institutions that for some reason exist inside of schools.

    1. Facebook is a private korporashun and the bank is a private korporashun I fail to see how anyone’s rights were violated at the behest of the school board here.

  4. My favorite part was where the school claimed in no way did they intend for the bank to take disciplinary action against the employee, that they were, you know, just making an observation about her for some reason, just making conversation I guess. What a pack of lying shitweasels.

  5. I have it on good authority, in nearly all social media, that there is no such thing as cancel culture. Zuckerberg said so, too.

  6. If President Biden can ignore a ceremony when fallen soldiers are returning home then a school board member can ignore a member of the public.

  7. In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards.

    – Mark Twain

  8. Did you not hear?
    Parents are domestic terrorists

  9. Authoritarianism in the flesh. Little school board tadpoles thinking they are the dominant alligator. Alas, it is human nature. Humans cannot handle power. Our founding forefathers understood that simple truth very well. Power corrupts every human, especially those seeking it. Checks and balances are the only way to control our human ways. Sure, authoritarianism works efficiently but the millions of dead Russians, Chinese, Jews, etc. might show he who studies our past that efficiency isn’t worth the loss of freedom.

    1. authoritarianism works efficiently

      And transiently. Not being omniscient, we can only wield the power against the foes we can see. When it comes time to face the foe we have not foreseen, it doesn’t matter how efficient the tool you can’t wield is.

  10. Paid leave for me, unpaid leave for thee.

  11. Is it just me, or is it getting harder and harder to figure out who the aggrieved party is?

    Too many people doing stuff they shouldn’t in the first place. Banks in schools, airing dirty laundry on Spacebook, everyone worrying about what someone else says (as opposed to does), etc.

  12. >>bank branch inside Shakopee High School

    what the fucking fuck? we would have robbed the bank if my h.s. had one.

    1. Career training! 🙂

  13. She’s probably lucky the school board didn’t report her and her friend to the FBI to be designated “domestic terrorists” so they could be designated by Biden as targets for assassination by drone strike. Assuming that Biden is carrying on with all the policies established by the Obama admin when/where he can manage (and the policies of the trump administration where he knows the media will continue to ignore it such as at the border).

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