GRAND BLANC — Amy Facchinello says she’s not resigning from the Grand Blanc Community Schools Board of Education, despite the negative “national publicity” she recently received.
In an April 16 article entitled “QAnon candidates are winning local elections. Can they be stopped?” Time magazine named Facchinello as one of those elected officials, saying she has promoted, on her social media accounts, QAnon conspiracy theories and calls for “patriots” to rise up against the deep state they claim controls the U.S. government.
The FBI has identified QAnon as a domestic terror threat.
The Times article also identifies Grand Blanc High School senior Lucas A. Hartwell, who spoke out against Facchinello and her ideologies during the public comment portion of a January Board of Education meeting.
Facchinello discussed the magazine article at the April 26 school board meeting.
“Many people in the community are aware that I was very politically active (during the 2020 presidential campaign),” she said, adding that she knocked on a lot of doors on behalf of now former-President Donald Trump and the Republican party.
“It’s really no secret, my political leaning,” Facchinello said. “I was a national elector, which got a little bit of attention. That activity is what made me get over 10,000 votes from the members of this community.
“They wanted a seat at the table, so I’m a seat at the table for them. If you cancel me, you’d be canceling all the voices that voted for me to be their voice here.
“I can assure you, all this has only reconfirmed my commitment to this position and I intend to stay right here advocating for what’s best for the parents and students,” she said. “I plan on serving out my full six-year term.”
District resident Nancy Lockwood offered support for Facchinello, saying that Times article was “all false.”
“We elected Amy to be our voice in our school district because she has a conservative view and has experience as a former school teacher,” Lockwood said. “Our students are to be educated, and not on a party basis.”
Resident Barbara Seijas shared a different perspective.
“Miss Facchinello has First Amendment rights that provide that she may believe and post whatever ideas she wishes,” Seijas said. “I believe, though, that she holds a unique position as a member of the school board and what she says on Twitter affects our children, and by presenting QAnon ideas … she is abusing the trust that has been put in her.
“I ask only that she please stop doing it for the sake of our children with whom she seems to be very concerned.”
School board President Susan Kish said every member of the board has a voice and does what’s in the best interest of the students.
“(We) are a board of seven,” Kish said, “and decisions are made by the board. Everyone was elected to represent the community. We work together as a board. We don’t always agree, but we work together as a board.”
Facchinello was elected to the school board in November. During her campaign, she said, “Our students deserve an education where they are taught how to think and not what to think. We have many third-party actors trying to push their agenda on our students.”
Last week, she said to the board, “One thing I ran on was protecting parental rights. … As a parent, it’s my parental right to instill my world view in my own children. Every parent has that right. When they send their kids to school, they just want the basics for their kids, and they don’t want anyone anywhere telling them their world view is wrong.”
Political discourse in school sends a “conflicting message” to students and “puts them in turmoil, creates a conflict within the family unit,” Facchinello said.