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School board censures member over racist Facebook post

May 21, 2019

MCMURRAY, Pa. (AP) — 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 made its decision Monday night after William Merrell apologized for his posts, saying that 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 residents who attended the board meeting called on Merrell to resign. He’s up for re-election in Tuesday’s primary election.

State law bars the board from removing Merrell.