Conservative group known for sting ops aims at Lordstown teachers
Project Veritas – a conservative group that has targeted Planned Parenthood, National Public Radio and The Washington Post through controversial sting operations – appears to have teachers unions in its sights.
Last week a woman associated with the group entered Lordstown High School under false pretenses, school and police officials said.
Ermine Desir arrived at the high school on April 25 identifying herself as a teacher and asked to speak to a union representative, police said.
She told the union representative her name was Crystal and a friend heard a teacher went too far with physical contact with a Lordstown student, according to the police report.
The union representative became suspicious. When asked for her identification, the school’s principal told police Desir said it was in her car, left to get it and did not return.
Police chief Brent Milhoan pulled a car over with Desir and Ryan Lopez, both from New York, who identified themselves as journalists working for Project Veritas.
A representative for the company told police they were investigating a tip that a teacher may have had inappropriate contact with a student, according to the report.
Project Veritas carries out undercover sting operations in which its employees use deceptive tactics and hidden cameras in an attempt to expose wrongdoing by groups associated with liberals.
The organization has been accused of editing its videos in ways that mislead viewers.
The union also received reports of similar incidents at a school in southern Ohio and a career center in northwest Ohio. It believes Project Veritas employees interacted with people at the Cleveland Teachers Union, Cleveland Heights Teachers Union and Cincinnati Federation of Teachers.
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