Williamson County School Board Member Brad Fiscus announced that he will move from the state of Tennessee and step down from his position on the board.
The decision by Fiscus follows a contentious school board meeting, where hundreds of parents voiced opposition to a proposed mask mandate for the school system.
Even after numerous and notable objections, the members continued to vote to pass the mandate, which will require all elementary students and staff to wear a mask during the school year.
However, Fiscus blamed the decision to move on his wife, Dr. Michelle Fiscus, losing her job with the State of Tennessee, The Williamson Herald reported. Earlier this year Fiscus was fired from the Tennessee Department of Health, after the organization received backlash from lawmakers for vaccine outreach to minors.
“Anytime the major breadwinner of a family loses their job in the way that this happened, … we’ve been together for 33 years and married for 31, so we’re going to stick together,” Brad Fiscus said of the decision to move.
After Dr. Fiscus was terminated from the Department of Health, she blamed elected leaders in the state for the decision.
“I am ashamed of them. I am afraid for my state. I am angry for the amazing people of the Tennessee Department of Health who have been mistreated by an uneducated public and leaders who have only their own interests in mind,” she said.
In an additional tweet, Fiscus largely pinned the decision to move on the residents of the state.
“[Brad] and I have lived in this community for 24 years. Raised our babies here. They went to [Williamson County] schools K-12. Brad and I would walk downtown Franklin and I would squeeze his arm and say, ‘I can’t believe we live here,’” she said. “Lately, when I say, ‘I can’t believe I live here’ I say it with sadness and shake my head. There are wonderful people here. I’ll bet MOST of them are. But the loud, angry, entitled ones who care only for themselves have been drowning them out.”
@bradfiscus and I have lived in this community for 24 years. Raised our babies here. They went to @WCSedu schools K-12. Brad and I would walk downtown Franklin and I would squeeze his arm and say, “I can’t believe we live here.”
— Michelle Fiscus MD,FAAP (@drfixus) August 13, 2021
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