A lot may have been accomplished during a 6-hour and 20-minute Baltimore County virtual school board meeting on Tuesday. Parents and teachers – wondering about academics and the ins-and-outs of the school system – tuned in to hear about the district’s plans for reopening during Covid concerns.
But the highlight for those who stuck it out for the last few minutes before the meeting ended in the early morning hours on Wednesday, were in for an awkward surprise when heavy breathing prefaced sounds of something one might not expect to hear during a meeting concerning the education of 115,000 students from the country’s 25th largest school system.
The full interlude begins at about 6:15:03 here. (Update: As of Wednesday 9:00pm, the school system appears to have truncated the meeting by two hours, eliminating the entire inappropriate event that occurred during the public meeting. The video clip above is a fraction of what actually occurred.)
During the final segment of the meeting, board members were asked to keep it brief when commenting about proposed items for the next meeting’s agenda. While one board member spoke about his concerns regarding text books and system sustainability, another – with an unmuted mic – overtook the speaker with sounds deemed to be inappropriate by some, and interpreted as potentially adult material by others who took to social media on Wednesday to shake their heads at the late-night hot mic faux pas.
Board members maintained their composure, throughout. A request for the offender to mute the curious interlude promptly ended the audio.
The Baltimore Post reached out to the school district and is awaiting a response.
Update: As of Wednesday 9:00pm, the school system appears to have truncated the meeting by two hours, eliminating the entire inappropriate event — plus two hours of meeting business –that occurred during the public meeting.