Kentucky school leader sends voicemail to parents calling governor ‘liberal lunatic’ over mask mandate

Published 4:08 pm Wednesday, August 11, 2021

A Kentucky school superintendent sent a voicemail to parents calling Gov. Andy Beshear a “liberal lunatic” in response to the governor’s recent mask madate.

The message sent of Tuesday from Science Hill School District Superintendent Jimmy Dyehouse was sent to all parents in the district on the eve of the first day of school.

“As you already know and probably have already heard, this liberal lunatic that we have up in Frankfort has signed another executive order mandating masks for all students and adults in school. What this means is the professional opinion of your superintendent doesn’t matter. The opinion of your school board doesn’t matter. And you as parents, your opinion doesn’t matter because I know exactly how you all feel about your children wearing masks. And believe me, I’m as frustrated as you are over this. Starting in the morning, all students will have to wear masks on the bus and inside the building, as well as adults inside of our buildings will have to be masked tomorrow. We’re hoping this will be fought in court this week and we’ll get this overturned. I’ll let you know as soon as I hear something further. I’m sorry. Thank you.”

Dyehouse told local news sources he sent the voicemail out of frustration, because he had recently told parents that masks would not be required when school started.

Dyehouse said the school district went in-person more than any other Kentucky district last year and only had 10 positive cases and that the school spent more than a million dollars on a new HVAC system.