Divisive Facebook posts by a Red Clay school board member were the main topic at last night’s (Wednesday’s) board meeting.
Community members and parents came to either call on Jason Casper to resign or voice their support of him.
A number of parents say the posts, some of which date back to 2016, show a disturbing attitude toward gun violence and belittle students who protested gun violence. Others argue it’s free speech.
Red Clay parent Anne Budischak points to a post by Casper talking about driving through Baltimore. Budischak notes it was published shortly after President Donald Trump called Baltimore a “disgusting rat and rodent infested mess.”
“A city with similar demographics and community concerns as Wilmington, which Casper represents,” she said. “He insults that city by suggesting he would only go there armed with a handgun, an assault rifle and a rat trap?”
Casper said he won’t resign, but issued an apology for the posts at the beginning of the school board meeting. He calls them inappropriate, adding they set a poor example for students. He has withdrawn for consideration for board president.
But he also upset some parents by saying many of them don’t usually show up at school board meetings or turn out to vote at school board elections.