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Newberg Middle School Counselors Flip Off Concerned Parents In Tik Tok Video

Newberg, Oregon Mountain View Middle School counselors Annie Bynum and Erin Dobias spend their work hours making Tik Tok videos, one of which features the pair performing a vulgar gesture while standing in front of a pride flag decorating a classroom wall.

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Using the TikTok account crazybulldogs33 (which names itself ‘Middle School Counselor Life’) school employees of the Newberg, Oregon public school district at Mountain View Middle School, Annie Bynum and Erin Dobias, made a video of themselves performing a profane gesture with a pride flag hanging in a classroom as the background. Both Bynum and Dobias work as school counselors.

Here is a screen capture of the popularity of the channel,

As readers of the Advocate following our coverage of the Newberg Schools Saga know, concerned parents have protested the display of these political flags in the classrooms. Last year the Newberg school board passed a policy prohibiting the display of politically divisible symbols such as pride flags and wearing things like Black Lives Matter t-shirts at the request of these parents, which the teachers have refused to comply with. Teachers and the teacher union itself filed a lawsuit against the school district for passing the policy, claiming they should be allowed to use the classrooms to express their political ideologies to children using the public school resources. As previously reported by the Advocate, many of the teachers are part of a social activist group called Newberg Equity in Education (NEEd), which is a subgroup to Progressive Yamhill, a registered chapter of the Indivisible movement.

So the message of this video is clear; the people who these school counselors are flipping the bird at are not only the school board directors who passed the policy, but also the parents of the children in the district who are against the flags in the classrooms. These are public employees defying the ban on politically divisive symbols and mocking the directors, parents and voters who want these flags to be removed.

And in so doing, they demonstrated exactly why these symbols are disruptive to the learning environment, and that the teachers’ motivations are ulterior. The flags are for them to express their political beliefs in the classrooms so they can indoctrinate the children in these ideas as a form of political protest. This video is proof of that.

Furthermore, I believe there is enormous irony in teachers standing in front of a flag that claims that everyone should be respected and loved, and then telling anyone that disagrees that they should “F*ck off” — which is what the hand gesture means.

This video is an excellent piece of evidence that illustrates how the teachers displaying these flags in classrooms are not sincere about their claims that their goal is to teach children to be respectful of differences. As demonstrated by this video, they are actually using these propaganda symbols to indoctrinate children into ideas like Critical race theory that encourage hatred and anger against other groups (predominantly “whites” and heterosexuals’). They use fake “sex education” classes to indoctrinate students, as well as by displaying propaganda like posters and t-shirts designed to pressure students into identifying as “LGBTQ” to gain the approval of their teachers and other peers.

These people employed by the Newberg public schools are not authentic teachers, but instead nothing more than social activists for radical and extremist ideologies who are abusing their positions to indoctrinate children.

The Tik Tok account also has videos that are aimed at students, so it seems clear to me the intention of this account is to share the videos to students they counsel, as well as elsewhere in the district.

Proof That These Are Newberg School Counselors

Proof that Annie Bynum and Erin Dobias work in these positions for the Newberg public school district can be seen from their LinkedIn profiles, as well as the Newberg public school employee directory. Annie Bynum is also a member of the Newberg Equity in Education (NEEd) Facebook group.

This is proof of Annie Bynum’s membership in NEEd, taken from the master screenshot of everyone who was in the group with an ‘A’ in their first or last name (open the file in MS Paint and zoom in to read the list).

And here is the proof about Erin Dobias’ employment status.

I also want to just highlight that her official employee photo for the school depicts her eating a donut.

It appears that Erin Dobias views herself not as a school counselor, but instead a comedian. That is clearly what she spends her work time doing, engaging in comedy to entertain her coworkers and random people on the internet via her TikTok account.

Additional Videos on the Tik Tok Account

Based on the content of the account, it seems these counselors are attempting to carve out a niche of comedy videos about being a school employee, and mining their access to resources and information to create comedy videos. For example, in this video she uses a student’s disciplinary meeting as fodder to make jokes to entertain her audience,

In another video on the Tik Tok channel, Erin Dobias performs a sketch comedy skit where, according to the video description, “size matters”. The video features Dobias hands an over-sized pencil to Mountain View Middle School secretary and book keeper Vicki Klein, who then curses.

Proof that this is Vicki Klein, who is also a member of Newberg Equity in Education (NEEd),

(Strangely, Klein’s official employee photo also shows her eating a donut)

In the comment section of a Save our Schools Newberg Facebook post about these videos, Vicki Klein decided to speak up and talk about how the “people” making the channel had good intentions, never mentioning she is one of the people who helped produce videos on the channel. The above video was clearly staged to get views on TikTok. That is why there is a camera from the phone setup in advance.

Given that Vicki Klein has attempted to pretend to be a neutral party and not someone who has been part of the videos uploaded to the channel, I am skeptical about her claims.

I have archived all of the videos from the TikTok channel, which demonstrates they spend a great deal of their time at work making these TikTok videos.

These are not the actions of responsible and mature adults who are genuinely interested in counseling children. Instead, these are the actions of immature narcissists more interested in getting attention for themselves through childish pranks and other skits they make to entertain their peers at work while leveraging the privilege of their employment to advance their personal aspirations. They view the schools as a stage for themselves to garner attention, and clearly do not view it as a serious place for the education of the next generation of Americans.

This is how they spend their time as employees of the school district; virtue signaling, creating Tik Tok videos and fooling around, while also using their positions to indoctrinate children so they can grow up to be equally ridiculous people as adults.

It’s no wonder that parents are upset about bullying problems within the Newberg public school district, when this is how the school counselors are behaving. These women clearly lack the maturity or intelligence to behave responsibly and professionally, to set examples for how the children should behave at school. When the teachers and school counselors behave like immature jerks, you cannot expect the students to do any better, as the adults who are supposed to be setting the example and maintaining standards cannot hold the students to a higher standard than they hold themselves to.

These social activists should be fired. They have nothing of value to teach children. If anything, they are the ones in need of psychological counseling to help them overcome their own negative behavior problems.

Update: 1st Statement from Newberg Public Schools

The Newberg Public Schools Facebook page has issued the following statement concerning this matter,

Update: 2nd Statement from Newberg Public Schools Communication Coordinator Gregg Koskela

Newberg Public Schools Communication Coordinator Gregg Koskela (who I should note, is also a member of Newberg Equity in Education) has sent the following email notice to parents concerning this matter,

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Terri Evenson

They should be fired! Not only that, they need a proofreader – “allowed”, not “aloud”. Seriously, is this the caliber of employees you want in your schools influencing your children and grandchildren??? Not in MY lifetime I don’t!

Bobby

Great article!

Big Mac

Allowed not “aloud” SMH. God help the kids.

ReganHilton

Lots of tolerance, inclusion and love thy neighbor there…….

Madeline Sabroe

I understand that this is an “opinion” article, so I feel like I have the right to put my own here as well. I graduated from Newberg High School in 2020, and before that I attended the same school that these 2 amazing counselors work at. I am a queer individual, and so seeing these women get hate for defending me as well as my community is absolutely sickening. I came out publicly while I was in Middle School, so I cannot possibly imagine what queer students are going through now. I am not a parent, but I would refuse to send my children to ANY school that openly discriminates against the LGBT+ community as well as the Black community. These flags are not political, it is people like YOU who make it so. We are human beings, and we deserve to be heard and seen just as equally as other students. If you truly cared about your children, you wouldn’t engrain this hatred into them, and you would love and accept them for who they are, no matter if they’re gay, straight, or anything in between. While I understand that they’re way of “protesting” the ban of these flags can be seen as inappropriate to some, I CAN understand their anger at a school district that doesn’t care about all of its students equally. From a previous Newberg student – I wish the best of luck to any and all students who are now made to feel like they don’t belong in this hateful environment. You DO belong. You’re amazing. Never let anyone tell you otherwise.

Wade

You might want to take a refresher course on the role of biology in determining same-sex orientation. Actually, you probably don’t, but if you consistently feel the need to pontificate on the naturalness of something, why not be right, right? As a positive first step, try not to confuse orientation with behavior. The former is not a choice, the latter is. Our ancestors, regardless of orientation, made a choice to conform to the roles assigned to them by their culture. That that compulsion no longer pulls on LGBTQ people with quite the same weight is a measure of progress, not licentiousness. Regarding the supposed negative impacts of homosexuality that you took great pains to share with us, how many are a product of homophobia, of the non-acceptance that LGBTQ people face, rather than one of their orientation itself. Science is not on your side and, given either your ignorance or intellectual dishonesty, you probably shouldn’t be lecturing anyone else on behavior or decision making.

J S

You have said this all perfectly.

Schooling is about core knowledge. Most teens and pre-teens are awkward and uncomfortable, that doesn’t mean they should change who they inherently are to momentarily fit in.
Teachers have a job, teach students based on a curriculum built by academics to help the general mass of kids learn.
Counselors have a job, combine their counseling program with the schools academic mission. Based on the policies in place with the school it’s obvious they cannot do their jobs. They cannot follow simple requests from supervisors and parents. Both of which they work for. Both of which pay their salaries and that office they are improperly using.

This example here is why my children will not attend public school. Children are required to attend school and that is why public schools are meant to be unbiased.

My children are my everything. I raise them, I love them, I am the one that cares about how they grow up, and I will always be there.

It is not up to a TEMPORARILY involved self riotous counselor or teacher how someone else’s children develop beyond the job they are hired to do.
How they do not see where they are wrong is baffling and not the type of people that should be guiding humans as they go through one of the most vulnerable stages in life.
Schooling should have nothing to do with the staffs personal beliefs no matter what they are.

Paul Hill

Well said my friend. I do not hate a person due to their sexual persuasion or the color of their skin. ALL flags other than the US Flag and the particular State flag should be removed and not allowed. We need to be teaching our kids how to read and write, how to add and subtract, accurate history and real life skills instead of teaching them prejudice ideologies

Sasha

You are seen and heard. You can be whoever you want to be. These counselors were not defending you, they were acting like children throwing a tantrum. Signs and flags do not welcome you, people welcome you. You feel welcome because another human being cares about you, not a flag.
These counselors represent their employer, the school, when they are on site. They can make videos with whatever content they want on their own time but this is not behavior that any employer would tolerate from their employees. These employees collect a paycheck because we the people pay taxes. Without us taxpayers they would not have jobs at our schools. We do not want to pay for this behavior.

On the Level

This District is out of control. So much for hiring gay hippie educators who are not real teachers! This behavior is not in the best interests of the students nor the community. This is over the top! Fire them and make all teacher at will emplyees of the district bust their union and hire only contract employees who are not in the union. Our kids deserve better so do we!

dancinmikeb

You think you’d get something better by eliminating a huge percentage of your experienced educators?

MadWetHen

Who associated with education here spells allowed as aloud?
Schools must focus on teaching reading writing and arithmetic and stay out of trying to indoctrinate our children.

Jennifer Moore

They have been put on a leave of absence. 😊

Rabbi Russell McAlmond

As Executive Director for the Center for Human Equality (CHE) in Southern Oregon we have all heard of the problems in Newberg. In my opinion, the actions taken by these individuals are not promoting equality for all, but supremacy for their ideas and groups they support. Equality of respect for human beings comes from recognizing that all of us have the right to think differently, not to denigrate or insult others who may have another opinion or value.

This is intolerance for the parents who may not share the same values that they do. Ideas and values are what creates our character, not skin color, gender, or other factors. Tolerance of ideas is the most important kind of tolerance human beings can have. These individuals do not appear to have any tolerance for parents who think differently. That is extremely unfortunate for people who are supposed to be “counselors.”

Ginny

I am surprised anyone would think that this kind of behavior is appropriate for work.

Paul Hill

The board needs to start disciplinary action, and if this isn’t stopped immediately, they need to be terminated with cause, and without pay

Diane Ashton Rollins

i agree with you Paul Hill. This behavior was very unprofessional. They should be fired and license revoked forever.

Michelle Finn

My kids, MY morals and rules!
Not some illiterate civil servant

Jane

It seems counselors should be trying to bridge gaps. But the left has been radicalized to the point they believe this behavior is ok. Sad. They should lose their jobs.

Jenny Maguire

Any updates on the outcome of the investigation?

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