A controversial conservative board member for Lakota Local Schools, who is known for crusading against "woke" culture, has been ordered by a Butler County judge to stay away from one of her colleagues.
The following day, Butler County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Gmoser issued a public statement to Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones, addressing reports that Boddy was planning to ignore the order while a 10-day appeals process plays out.
"It has been reported that [Boddy] does not intend to follow the order during such appeal time and expects therefore to be arrested and pursue all available rights based on such arrest," the statement reads.
Jones posted photos of Gmoser's statement on Facebook, saying the order is in immediate effect and, barring a successful appeal, will remain so until Sept. 20, 2025.
"[Adi] contends that certain actions taken by [Boddy] have caused, and will continue to cause, him mental distress. He further contends that the mental distress caused by [Boddy] has resulted in hospitalization," the order reads.
Adi testified that he was hospitalized for three days due to stress, and witnesses testified that Adi had indicated his health was declining as a result of interactions with Boddy.
The order, which took effect on Sept. 20, bars Boddy from going to Adi's home and place of employment, which includes Lakota School Board meetings.
Lakota Local Schools spokesperson Betsy Fuller told CityBeat the district will "review the order and make adjustments as needed."
Fellow board member Julie Shaffer and board president Lynda O'Connor both testified in support of Adi, as well as assistant superintendent Stacy Maney. Boddy's side did not offer up anyone to testify in her defense.
Court documents show witnesses testified that Boddy's presence at meetings caused "some concern for the safety of all individuals in attendance," and that school resource officers were specifically stationed during meetings because of Boddy.
The order also addresses Boddy's concealed carry status, but notes she has never been known to carry a weapon during any of the interactions outlined in the order.
A timeline of tension between Boddy and Adi
“Some board members started to create lies, saying some things that are not there,” Adi said. “But the question is, where is it? Show me. Give us evidence."
Their relationship quickly soured once Boddy began intensely crusading against CRT,
In April 2023, Adi and Boddy attended a conservative leadership conference in Florida, during which Boddy confronted Adi in front of hundreds of attendees by reading prepared statements where she claims Adi is not conservative enough, according to court documents.
“As [Boddy] saw their beliefs diverge, she felt it necessary to act in a manner so as to make [Adi] see the error of his ways and convince him to, once again, align with her,” the judge writes. “[Boddy] was often the only board member voting against certain issues, issues she felt [Adi] should be in agreement with her on. Rather than try to work through their differences, or respect [Adi's] possible change of beliefs, [Boddy] took every opportunity to exert pressure, bully, and, at times, punish [Adi] by embarrassing him in front of others.”
"I respect Isaac and I wish him well," Boddy said. "I will continue to carry out my responsibilities as an elected board member."
A June incident previously reported by CityBeat was also outlined in the court's decision. Boddy posted a video to Facebook on June 22 where she is recording Adi as she follows him out of a board meeting, confronting him for allegedly telling Boddy her “brain is empty.” Adi can be seen pushing Boddy's phone away, prompting Boddy to tell Adi, “You just assaulted me.” Boddy filed an assault report with Butler County Sheriff’s Office, who ultimately determined the incident was not an assault, closing the investigation.
The campaign to remove Boddy
"Harassment is harassment. There's no protection against board members harassing other board members or harassing the staff. I mean, you saw what happened when multiple of our school leaders resigned because of her harassment," Zipperian said.
"Her crusade to force me to resign is direct retaliation for my efforts to protect Lakota students of all genders and races from her destructive efforts," Miller said in the letter. "While the rest of the Board does not share Ms. Boddy’s views, the fact remains that she has succeeded in her efforts and destroyed my career in the bargain."
Zipperian said the start of the new school year has reignited the effort to remove Boddy from her board seat before her term ends in December 2026.
"Our petition to have her removed was always about based on her behavior, her conduct. It's definitely consistent. We need about 1,500 more Lakota resident signatures to be able to take legal action from our end."
Boddy told CityBeat in August that she’s not worried about the removal petition. She said it’s just “what the political left does.”
“It's a misinformation and smear campaign, and if they ever try to advance it will be proven to be just that,” she said.