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Superintendent blames Twitter hack for obscene, radical posts

Mark Brenton
Mark Brenton, Bellaire Public Schools Superintendent and High School Principal — Photo: http://www.antrimreview.net

BELLAIRE, Mich. — The Superintendent for Bellaire Schools, Mark Brenton, is blaming a Twitter hack for months of obscene and radical posts made on the platform. This comes after a REAL News Michiana investigation uncovered his offensive social media presence as the educator pursued the open Superintendent position at Edwardsburg Public Schools. The Edwardsburg School Board eventually passed on hiring Brenton specifically because of the questionable social media posts.

In an email sent to parents of Bellaire Schools, Brenton writes the following in an apparent lie about his Twitter feed:

Dear Bellaire Community Member:

As some of you may know, I was recently a finalist for the Superintendent of the Edwardsburg Public Schools in southwest Michigan, having had my second interview on the evening of Tuesday, April 17. I was not selected for the role. The reason I was given was because of concerns regarding my “social media presence.”

Backing up several hours, I received a call from the consultant who ran the Superintendent search in Edwardsburg. He asked me, “Do you have a Twitter account?” Since I had a Twitter account, I told him that I did. The consultant indicated that some of the content in my Twitter feed was “problematic” for the Edwardsburg Board, and that he wanted to make me aware of that. Knowing what types of things I generally tweeted, retweeted and “liked,” I was a surprised by this statement, but I just assumed that something that I’d written hit a sour note.

I opened the Twitter app on my phone on the evening of Wednesday, April 19, and began scrolling through my feed. I very quickly identified several comments on, and “likes” of, other members’ tweets that I had not made, and – as I went deeper – I found a lot more. I tried to delete those items that I knew were not mine, but I couldn’t, so I got on my computer and attempted to log into Twitter. I found that my password did not work, and when I attempted to reset my password I learned that my email was not recognized. Contacting Twitter support, I was able to reset my password using my phone, as my phone number was in my profile.

Once I was able to access my account, I found a number of things that I had not written, retweeted or “liked,” so I started deleting them. Finally, after nearly an hour of this, I simply deactivated my account.

After that, I searched my name on the internet and found a blog operated by an individual in northern Indiana, near Edwardsburg, who had apparently found my compromised Twitter account and took screen shots of several posts. These ranged from mildly offensive to obscene, and none of them were things that I had tweeted, retweeted or “liked,” but which were still there. This is apparently what this blogger does. 

It quickly became apparent that my account had been hijacked at some point, though I couldn’t tell exactly when: some of the unrecognized tweets and other comments dated back to nearly a year ago. I also received an email from Twitter indicating that someone had attempted to access my Twitter feed from another state while I was trying to regain control of my account.

Once I realized what had happened, I contacted the district’s attorney and Board President Mike Robinson to provide updates on what was happening. After speaking with the other six Board members on Thursday April 20, the consensus was for me to document all of this information and produce a letter explaining the situation. It is my goal to maintain transparency with the community, so that’s why you’re receiving this letter today.

I apologize that this has been necessary, and I certainly hope that my explanation of what happened makes sense. I have worked here in Bellaire for nearly four years, and, while there are certainly issues that members of our community have disagreed with, I have always worked to maintain a relationship based on transparency, honesty and mutual respect.

Should you have any other questions, comments, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me by email at mbrenton@bellairek12.org, or call me at (231) 533-8015.


Mark J. Brenton, Superintendent/Secondary Principal


While Brenton appeared to attempt to hide his account through a fake profile picture, connections with his relatives and posts he has made seem to confirm the account is actually his. Several posts are nearly identical to quotes he has made to news media. His wife’s account also lists his account as her husband. Further, Brenton admitted that the account is actually his in the email he later sent to parents.

Brenton’s Twitter posts range from hateful to obscene. Before it was deleted, nearly all of his recent posts attacked conservatives and Republicans.

In one post from November of last year, Brenton calls Republicans racist.

“Not all Republicans are racists, but nearly all racists vote Republican.” He stated. While in a Tweet two days later, he doubles down, stating the Republican party has always been racist.

Much of his ire is also focused in on President Trump. In one post, he calls Melania Trump a “hooker” while posting a nude photo of the former first lady. He also cites several debunked conspiracy theories, like the Russia collusion hoax.

Brenton also promotes political violence by cheering on a violent attack against Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

Brenton goes as far as to compare Republicans to the Taliban in another post that he retweeted.


It turns out, Mark Brenton is not the only radical in his household. His wife’s social media is just as obscene, especially when it comes to the sexualization of children. In several posts on Facebook, Marrisa Brenton promotes a youth camp that invited drag queens to dance for children. She also defends teachers who push transgenderism onto kids by lambasting the term “groomer.”

Other posts include pro-abortion and anti-gun stances.

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  1. The ole “my account was hacked” excuse… This only worked for the first person who tried it. It has been an obvious lie for everyone since then.

  2. Internet 101, anything you ever post will be around even after you are dead. Benny above is correct. Mr. Brenton is only sorry that he was caught, didn’t get the new job and should lose his current job.

  3. Brenton Wood had a 60s hit titled the “Oogum Boogum Song”. Mark Brenton’s pathetic hacked account jibberish is pure oogum boogum.


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