Teachers Unions Say James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas Is Targeting Them – Rewire.News
The incidents come amid a push by teachers for higher pay and better benefits in states with Republican-held legislatures that have gutted education investment over the past decade.
The head of an Ohio teachers union said she suspects the conservative group Project Veritas targeted its schools and offices last week.
The operatives attempted to infiltrate three Ohio schools and three union offices on Wednesday, claiming knowledge of a sexual relationship between a student and teacher at one school before fleeing, said Melissa Cropper, president of the Ohio Federation of Teachers.
Project Veritas is the organization that uses doctored videos and false claims to spread propaganda and conspiracies. Last year, the group targeted Washington Post reporters by planting a source with a false allegation against former Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore in an effort to discredit press coverage of the race. Its founder, James O’Keefe, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in 2010 for using false pretenses to enter a federal building in one of their earliest efforts to s.
When a school worker asked the woman for ID, “she said it was in her car,” Cropper said. The woman left, and a school resource officer called the police, who pulled over the woman and her male driver. The school resource officer met police at the scene and took photographs of the woman and man’s IDs, later giving them to school officials, Cropper said. Their IDs, Cropper said, revealed the pair as Ermine Desir and Ryan Lopez. The two are part of a “national surge in attacks” against teachers, according to an email from Project Veritas Exposed, described as a resource site for those targeted by Project Veritas.