Utah State School Board investigates member for social media post about LGBTQ youth


The Utah State Board of Education said on Tuesday it was reviewing a controversial social media post posted by board member Natalie Cline for “potential violations of board bylaws” after have received complaints. (Jordan Allred, file photo)

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah State Board of Education said on Tuesday it was reviewing a controversial social media post posted by board member Natalie Cline for “potential violations of regulations of the board ”after receiving complaints.

In the post in question now deleted earlier this week, Cline shared a photo of a panel from a Utah seminar that read, “If you are LGBTQIA +, welcome to the seminar.”

Cline called up the seminar program at Layton High School, writing, “Time to make some phone calls” and “the world is too much with us.”

The seminary is a private institution of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Students can take classes there in Utah during their school day as part of a release program. The public school board does not have authority over its program or management.

This week’s incident is not the first time that Cline has received widespread attention for his social media activity. An online petition in February called for Cline’s removal from its social media posts which the petition said called on customers to support “xenophobia, racism, homophobia and cultural regression” as part of the campaign. Cline’s continued protest against the potential teaching of critical race theory in schools. State school board regulations do not provide for dismissal of a board member or censorship. However, they allow a board member to be removed from a board position or assignment by vote of the full board.

Cline, who represents District 11 on the Utah State Board of Education, was sworn in Jan.6 after being elected to council headquarters last November.

The jury noted that Cline had not indicated that the recent post was her personal opinion and should not be attributed to the jury.

“Cline and the other council members are free to speak as private citizens outside of their official capacity as council members and in accordance with council bylaws. Comments from a board member as a private citizen do not reflect and should not be construed as the board’s position on Official board positions are taken in public meetings, voted on by the full board and documented on the website, ”school board management said in a statement.

They said the official board position on the issues – including those raised in Cline’s frequent social media posts – can be found on the group’s website as part of its strategic plan, a resolution denouncing racism and supporting equity in schools and civic education.

“The council does not tolerate rhetoric that opposes these public positions or that inspires any kind of hate speech against students,” added the council leadership.

Troy Williams, executive director of Equality Utah, also criticized Cline’s post and former North Ogden City Council candidate Greg Smith for reposting it with the comment “It’s time to pull out our muskets.”

The comment in Smith’s now deleted post appeared to refer to a speech given on Monday by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles at Brigham Young University, Williams noted in a statement Tuesday.

In this talk, Elder Holland cited an earlier talk by Elder Dallin H. Oaks, First Counselor in the First Presidency and President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. In President Oaks’ comments shared by Elder Holland, he said, “I would like to hear a little more musket fire from this temple of learning,” which Elder Holland said could have “applied to a host of topics in various departments, but the one he specifically mentioned was the doctrine of the family and the defense of marriage as the union of a man and a woman. “

Elder Holland noted that university administrators “are not deaf or blind to the feelings that swirl around marriage and all the same-sex subject on campus,” explaining that they have “shed more tears on this subject than we do. could never transmit it adequately “. He said they try to avoid, and they hope everyone tries to avoid, “language, symbols and situations that divide more than unify just as we want to show love for all the children of God “.

Criticizing Smith’s message, Williams said, “Reckless rhetoric often precedes acts of violence.”

Equally disturbing is Natalie Cline’s continued obsession with LGBTQ youth. She has led a one-woman crusade against our community since being elected to the Utah Board of Education. Her dangerous rhetoric continues to incite hysteria and moral panic among parents in Utah., “he added.

After the school board’s announcement, Cline continued to share social media posts Wednesday on critical race theory and other issues with a disclaimer that read “not an official board post (Utah State Board of Education) “.

On August 20, in an article on another issue, Cline claimed that “they were trying to limit my ability to post freely” and asked others to copy and paste her article to their own pages and mark it there.

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