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Grand Blanc residents divided over school board member's alleged QAnon social media posts

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

People in Grand Blanc are divided over a local school board member’s alleged links to the baseless online conspiracy theory known as QAnon.

“No more Q...in our school,” a group of about 50 sign waving protesters chanted as they walked outside Grand Blanc High School on Monday. A roughly equal number of counter-protesters waved their own signs in support of Amy Facchinello.

Facchinello was elected to the Grand Blanc Community Schools Board of Education last year. She started a six year term in January.

But in recent weeks, critics claim Facchinello posted QAnon–related posts on her social media accounts.   They fear Facchinello will try to use her position to promote QAnon beliefs in Grand Blanc schools.

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Dozens of students and retired teachers demonstrated against a Grand Blanc Community Schools Board of Education member they accuse of spreading QAnon conspiracy theories.

“How can decisions be made when one of the persons making the decisions believes in something totally different than reality,” said protest organizer Patty Duffy.

Duffy conceded Facchinello has not done anything in the first few months of her six year term to promote QAnon positions in the schools.

Facchinello denies being a Q follower. She insists there is no QAnon movement. Instead, Facchinello accused her critics of having a political motive in going after her. She claimed her opponents are sending a message to her and other Trump conservatives.

“If you run for a position on the school board or any other office...we’re going to do this to you and you’re going to be canceled,” said Facchinello.

Facchinello said she has no plans to resign from the Board of Education. 

Facchinello's critics said they will try to get her recalled if she doesn’t resign. 

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Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.