Naugatuck school board leader calls for member to resign over ‘reprehensible’ social media posts | #Education

NAUGATUCK — The chairman of the Board of Education is calling for a member to resign over what he described as a series of “reprehensible, concerning and alarming” social media posts.

In a statement, Jeff Litke, chairman of the Naugatuck school board, said member Aaron McCool’s posts were “not representative of Naugatuck and the values that we stand for.”

“In my role as chair of the Board of Education, myself and Vice Chair Marilyn O’Donnell met with Mr. McCool and asked for him to resign, which so far he has declined to do,” Litke said Thursday.

“I am well aware of the concerns of the parents and community members in the district and share their concerns,” he said. “I urge my fellow community leaders to denounce these posts and call on Mr. McCool to resign and not distract from the important work that we do to educate our students.”

In a statement Thursday, McCool said in 2014 he “reposted several distasteful and inappropriate pictures” on Tumblr, a social media website.

“This was wrong, and I am sorry for my past behavior,” he said. “However, this does not reflect who I am today.”

In his statement, McCool claimed Litke threatened to share the posts with the public if he didn’t resign.

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