MARION, Ind.–A controversial Facebook post about actress Roseanne Barr is what has forced the Board President for Marion Community Schools to step down.
Cathy Moritz said she mistakenly shared a post from a page called “The Conservative Women.” The post read, “We stand with Roseanne. Share if you do too.” Moritz shared the post, later deleted it, and apologized.
Moritz gave notice that she was stepping down to the rest of the board on Thursday in an email.
The email states the following:
For the integrity of this board and out of love for this community, I am stepping down from my position as president of the Marion Community Schools Board of Trustees.
As I have said before, I am sorry for the message that was conveyed.
I plan to serve out my elected tenure, and I am committed to working with my fellow board members and the community, including the local NAACP, to make this a learning opportunity for myself as well as the community.
She said she does not follow Barr on social media or watch her shows. Moritz had no idea that Roseanne had made a racially charged comment on Twitter about a former adviser to President Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett.
Barr’s tweet read: “muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj.”Barr said she wrote the tweet while on the sleeping drug Ambien.
Moritz said once she found out how vulgar and disgusting the tweet was, she was embarrassed that she came to Barr’s defense.
It is unclear who will replace Moritz as the Board President. Moritz’s Facebook page is now private.
Moritz was elected to the school board in 2006. Her term expires in December.
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