Schild: cyber bullying brings Scottsdale school board race to unforeseen low

In April, a friend forwarded a link to a website that appeared to belong to Scottsdale School Board President Barbara Perleberg. I was sickened by what I saw. Although the website appeared to be written by Mrs. Perleberg, I knew she was not responsible for its contents.

Christine Schild

Statements were made about other school board and community members including Gust, Rosenfeld attorney Susan Segal that are scandalous and false. The website also solicited donations for Planned Parenthood making it appear Mrs. Perleberg supports that organization.

Initially, there was no evidence the website was a parody. Eventually, a small copyright was added at the bottom of the page “2018 The Super Official Parody Site that Helps You Get to Know Barbara Perleberg.” If you do a Google search you get two links — one to a list of endorsements that insinuate Mrs. Perleberg is engaged in criminal conduct and the other to the home page of the website. There is no indication who owns the website nor are its content attributable to anyone other than Mrs. Perleberg.

Pursuant to a subpoena, Go Daddy identified the owner of the website as Mark Greenburg. He is Jann-Michael Greenburg’s father and chairman and co-president of Tresona Multimedia. Jann-Michael lives with and works for his father. Mark Greenburg also admitted he posts to Facebook as Gabriel Allon and is a frequent contributor to Michael Norton’s bilious ROSS page.

The Greenburgs continued to post to the blog after they received the subpoena, adding another Board member’s divorce file and link to her ex-husband’s wife’s Facebook page. They also published a picture of me with my grandson asserting I eat children.

Their petty name calling (I’m Secretariat) combined with their misunderstanding of the facts (I am a licensed attorney) was a new low. I never experienced such ridiculous bullying when I was a member of the Scottsdale school board. To suffer it as a private citizen is uncalled for.

Mark Greenburg’s son Jann-Michael is seeking a seat on the Scottsdale school board. They are also actively engaged in an effort to recall Mrs. Perleberg. I believe their intent in creating this vile website was to bully Mrs. Perleberg into resigning, creating three open seats and ensuring Jann-Michael’s election to the Board.

The Greenburgs may consider this website an innocent parody, but it is clear they intended to harass Mrs. Perleberg. I believe a person of ordinary sensibilities would be highly offended by its contents. It is also obvious their actions were intended to harass other Board and community members.  A person of ordinary sensibilities would undoubtedly be offended by the publication of their divorce file. It was also a malicious invasion of innocent parties’ privacy.

Parents vigilantly protect their children from cyberbullies. Is Jann-Michael Greenburg the person our parents want as a role model for our children? His shenanigans and those of his father have proven Jann-Michael lacks maturity, cannot make good decisions, and has no place on our school board.

Editor’s note: Ms. Schild is a resident of Scottsdale and former member of the Scottsdale School Board.

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