Over the weekend, this video of Western Heights School Board Member Linda Farley chugging back a Corona during a school board meeting made the rounds on social media:
A Western Heights School Board member has apologized for drinking a beer during yesterday’s Zoom board meeting. pic.twitter.com/0KFssd4Xjz
— Storme Jones (@StormeJones) June 26, 2020
That’s funny. If I was insane enough to serve on a school board, you can bet I’d do the same damn thing. The only difference is that I, like the other people in the video above, would hide it better.
Back in earlier days of the Internet, Linda probably would have become an overnight Internet sensation, received shame, praise and tongue-in-cheek adulation by the blogosphere, and went on Tosh.0 for a Web Redemption where she’d grade a high school Spelling Bee while shotgunning beers and doing keg stands.
Now, in today’s puritanical age of outrage, people are calling for her job. As a result, Linda had to issue an apology and come up with a medical excuse:
To Whom It May Concern:
I first want to apologize to my fellow Board Members and the residents of the Western Heights School District. I made a mistake, and I am sorry if it has caused any embarrassment to our district. I was extremely sick at last night’s board meeting and continue to be sick today. I have been suffering from a severe kidney infection and have been bedbound the last few days. Even though I was in my own home during the meeting, I should have used better judgement. I was only present because we were not sure we had a quorum to conduct business. Nevertheless, I should not have drunk a beer during the meeting in order to flush out my kidneys. In hindsight, I should have remained in bed and skipped the meeting. Again, I am sorry and I can only ask for forgiveness and assure you it will not happen again.
Really? She claimed she was drinking a beer for her kidney infection? Uhm, isn’t that a bit like smoking a cigarette to clear mucus from your lungs? Just wait until high school kids hear about this. It will soar past “I was just keeping it for my friends” as the excuse to give when caught with booze.
“Son, we found beer and liquor in your closet! Explain this?!”
“I need it for my kidneys!”