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School investigates racist post from board member's Facebook

Written by The Associated Press | May 17, 2019 4:10 PM
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The Peters Township Middle School, in McMurray, Pa., is shown on March 27, 2003. The district is looking into a racist image that appeared to have been published on a school board member's Facebook page. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

(McMurray) -- A school district outside Pittsburgh says it's investigating a racist Facebook post that appeared to have been published on a school board member's personal page.

Screenshots have been circulating of the since-removed post which looked like it was been made by Peters Township School Board member William Merrell.

Merrell tells WTAE-TV he was hacked two years ago, and he never made the post. He says the only reason it's being circulated is because of Tuesday's election.

The post included a link to a list suggesting what would happen if all African Americans left the U.S. It featured a graphic with a racial slur.

It looked as if Merrell posted the photo, writing "Crime in the Burgh would go down for sure."

A district spokeswoman tells the Post-Gazette they're looking into it.

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