The head of a California teachers union has been blasted as a hypocrite after he was caught dropping off his 2-year-old daughter at her private preschool — despite saying it was unsafe for children to be back in classrooms, according to a report.
“Meet Matt Meyer. White man with dreads and president of the local teachers’ union. He’s been saying it is unsafe for *your kid* to be back at school, all the while dropping his kid off at private school,” a group known as Guerilla Momz said on Twitter.
Meyer, president of the Berkeley Federation of Teachers, has fought for what he called the “gold standard” for the educators — saying the schools should only reopen to in-person learning when the teachers are vaccinated, among other criteria, KQED reported.
Looking to prove a double standard by Meyer, Guerilla Momz followed Meyer and his daughter to her preschool, where they captured him dropping her off on Feb. 18.
“Matt Meyer Berkeley Federation of Teachers President blocks opening public schools in-person, yet has had his own child in in-person school since June 2020. Stop the hypocrisy. Our children are suffering. Open schools full-time Now,” the group wrote on YouTube, where the video was posted.
A group called Reopen California Schools reacted to the footage on Twitter.
“@BerkeleyUnified union pres. Matt Meyer who has led efforts keeping Berkeley schools closed nearly a year because it’s ‘unsafe’ caught dropping daughter off at private in-person school,” it said.
“Why is it safe for him but not the rest of BUSD families???” the group added.
Meyer told Fox News that the video — in which his child’s face is blurred — was “very inappropriate” and an intrusion of the girl’s privacy, adding that there were “no public options for kids her age.”
“There are major differences in running a small preschool and a 10,000 student public school district in terms of size, facilities, public health guidance and services that legally have to be provided,” Meyer told Fox News in a statement.
“We all want a safe return to school. The Berkeley Federation of Teachers is excited that Berkeley Unified will be reopening soon with a plan, supported by our members and the district, to get our students back in classrooms starting later this month,” he added.
A tentative plan between the school district and union would see preschoolers through second-graders returning to class at the end of March and other grades staggering back through April, according to the outlet.
But some parents have pushed for earlier reopenings, arguing that schools are safe to attend without jabs for all teachers – a position with which the Center For Disease Control and Prevention has agreed.
Berkeley parent Mara Kolesas, a former PTA Berkeley Council president, told KQED that she understands parents’ anger — and agrees schools should reopen — but argued that following Meyer’s 2-year-old with a camera crossed a line.
“For me, you don’t need to attack people personally, you need to address it politically. When you start getting personal, you mix up dimensions, and you don’t get to discuss the real thing,” Kolesas told the outlet.
“Here, the real thing is [Meyer] put fear before science, and the right of teachers before the right of kids. That’s the issue,” she added.