Doxxing bigoted cyberbully Bentonville School Board member Rebecca Powers

Bentonville school board member Rebecca Powers

Bentonville school board member Rebecca Powers publicly accused a student of misconduct, calling into question her belief systems after she attends a school free speech symposium and later, a LGBT rights rally.

Paula Mantel, mother of Victoria Mantel, (the student bullied by Powers) brought up the matter during the public comment period at Monday’s board meeting according to Mantel said she sent a letter six days earlier requesting Powers apologize to Victoria for comments Mantel said Powers wrote about her daughter. Victoria hadn’t received an apology as of Monday, Mantel said.

Powers who opposes the well-being of LGBT school children responded..

“What I wrote was not intended for public consumption, but was inadvertently posted where it could be seen by others beyond those for whom it was intended. I never identified the student whose parents believe is described by what I wrote in my Facebook post, nor did I disclose the student’s name – supporters of the “Name and Shame” campaign who are stalking my Facebook posts are the ones who have publicly identified and named a particular student.”

Bps citizens for equality documented Powers cyber-bullying on a anti-LGBT Facebook page. Caught in the act Powers said she didn’t know it was a public post.

Bentonville school board member Rebecca Powers

Evidently Powers wasn’t the only bully there. A man was seen by a reporter from the Northwest Democrat who approached a student at the LGBT rally, engaging him in a conversation that ended with him yelling at the student. The Democrat lauded the student for keeping his cool and not responding to the man’s angry words.

The event Powers said the student was ‘disrespectful’ at was a presentation at the school by free speech champion Mary Beth Tinker. Local sources report  that Victoria Mantel was talked to by school officials after speaking out of turn, but no remand was needed or given. Victoria later apologized to Tinker in person.


Mary Beth Tinker was a 13-year-old junior high school student in December 1965 when she and a group of students decided to wear black armbands to school to protest the war in Vietnam. The school board got wind of the protest and passed a preemptive ban. When Mary Beth arrived at school on December 16, she was asked to remove the armband. When she refused, she was sent home.

Four other students were suspended, including her brother John Tinker and Chris Eckhardt. The students were told they could not return to school until they agreed to remove their armbands. The students returned to school after the Christmas break without armbands, but in protest wore black clothing for the remainder of the school year.

Represented by the ACLU, the students and their families embarked on a four-year court battle that culminated in the landmark Supreme Court decision: Tinker v. Des Moines. On February 24, 1969 the Court ruled 7-2 that students do not “shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.”

Perhaps Powers isn’t only opposed to the well-being of LGBT kids but free speech as well?

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