Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Internet Sparring With Nashville Prep's Ravi Gupta: The Prequel

Posted By on Tue, Jul 30, 2013 at 2:00 PM

For someone who assumes his late-night Internet opponents must be drunk, Nashville Prep's Ravi Gupta sure seems prone to getting feisty online during the wee hours.

Across the street, Joey Garrison reports that the charter school leader was getting into it via email with Metro school board member Amy Frogge months before his Facebook slap fight with Frogge's board colleague, Will Pinkston.

Garrison has the full emails, but here's a snippet, in which Gupta likens Frogge's approach to questions about student attrition to ... birtherism:

Gupta wrote: “There is a difference between ‘being open’ to arguments about attrition and what you have been doing. What you’ve been doing is mentioning the attrition argument frequently in personal and public communication.

That’s like if I said ‘I am open to the argument Barack Obama was born in Kenya’ and then saying ‘Hey, I am not saying Obama was born in Kenya, but I am just asking the question’ every time someone says they like Obama. If you have been, as you say, ‘looking into’ this issue, then why has your search not taken you to Nashville Prep? After a while you no longer are looking into an issue and are instead feeding an impression.”

Frogge responded with an email of her own, denying allegations of a "whisper campaign," and Gupta followed up the next month with an apology.

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