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Tulsa Public School Superintendent calls governor a 'bully'

Posted at 1:47 PM, Feb 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-02 15:24:39-05

TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa Public School's Superintendent Deborah Gist is defining 'bully' on her Facebook account.

Gist posted a detailed message Monday night calling Governor Kevin Stitt a bully and defining what a bully is for readers.

A bully wants attention, and they like to get a reaction from you. They thrive from the conflict they create. So, one way to handle those who bully verbally is to not react. If they do not get the reaction they want, they may move on to another target.

With our governor, I tried that. For months, he targeted our district and our decisions with inaccurate and uninformed statements. He never once reached out to us directly. I tried, without success, to reach out to him. So, we have kept our heads high and continued making difficult decisions on behalf of students, our team, and their families. We have stayed focused on what mattered most.


The post came after Stitt again pointed out that Tulsa Public School students remain in distance learning due to COVID-19 and it's been over 300 days since some students had any in person classes during his State of the State address.

WATCH: Full State of the State address

Stitt is urging all school districts to return to in person classes with safety precautions in place. Tulsa Public Schools is the largest district in Green Country and has been in distance learning the majority of the time since March 2020.

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Gist said she and the district relied on science and guidance from Tulsa County Health officials to determine if and when students could return to in person classes. On Monday, Gist announced if testing data remains the same then students could return to class by the end of February.

SEE MORE: Tulsa Public Schools could return to in person classes

Gov. Stitt has not responded to Gist's Facebook post.

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