Friday, December 10, 2021

Can a public official block someone on social media?

Can a public official block a person on a social media platform?

Tonight I was curious whether Teresa Holmes had ever corrected her description of her position on the Richland 2 school board.  I attempted to view one of her pages, titled "DrTeresa (no space) Holmes..." Last time I checked that page, Teresa described herself as a Commissioner in the Richland 2 school district. Tonight? I cannot access that page.

Teresa sent me a nastygram at about 11:00PM one night and informed me that she was going to block me. I guess she figured out how to do that.

Hello? "Commissioner"? Richland 2 doesn't have any commissioners. Richland 2 has Trustees. And Teresa isn't even legally one of those, because she has never taken the oath of office legally.

Teresa has been usurping public office since November 13, 2018, when the oath-of-office was administered to her at that evening's school board meeting, before she became eligible to take the oath of office. It was not until December 4, 2018 that she first became eligible to take the oath-of-office.

Is this important to anyone else?

Why does the District tolerate not just one, but two women on the school board illegitimately? Amelia McKie also took the oath on November 13, 2018. She too did not become eligible to take the oath until December 4, 2018.

What happened on December 4, 2018? Both Holmes and McKie filed their Statements of Economic Interests with the South Carolina Ethics Commission.

In spite of becoming eligible to take the oath on December 4, 2018, neither Holmes nor McKie has even taken the oath since that date. Taking the oath-of-office (legally) is required to hold office.

Should Holmes be able to block me from her social media page? Her main page seems to be full of self-promotion pictures. She is all smiley with other public officials. Is she starting her campaign for re-election already?

Will it be possible to have Holmes and McKie arrested at a school board meeting and removed from their chairs? There are plenty of RCSD deputies there at school district expense. I wonder whether they would do their jobs, if I presented them with information of violation of numerous laws and asked them to "do their duty". 

Do you think that Holmes and McKie should take the oath of office legally and become legitimate members of the school board?  Please comment below.