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Western Pa. school board censures member over racist Facebook post

Written by The Associated Press | May 21, 2019 10:10 AM
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FILE PHOTO: The Peters Township Middle School, in McMurray, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

(McMurray) -- A school district outside Pittsburgh has publicly censured a longtime board of education member over a racist Facebook post that was published on his personal page.

The Peters Township board in Washington County made its decision Monday night after William Merrell apologized for his posts, saying although he has a right to voice his views on different issues he realized they may have caused harm.

Screenshots of several posts started circulating last week on social media.

The since-deleted 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.

Several people who attended the board meeting called on Merrell to resign.

He's up for re-election in today's primary election.

State law bars the board from removing Merrell.

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