COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - In a heated discussion during the public agenda at the Muscogee County School Board meeting Monday, board member Frank Myers became the center of attention for a Facebook post that some say is offensive to the LGBT community.
"Teachers who are LGBTQ have to wonder if they are going to get fair treatment from a guy who exhibits such vile prejudice publicly and proudly," says Tracy Boyd-Britton.
The Facebook post reads:
According to Myers, the post was directed to Rick McKnight, a presenter in a previous board meeting. He says it was taken out of context.
"First of all, the idea that I was questioning anyone's sexuality is just laughable. Rick McKnight is flamboyant, he plays the piano, he's a showboat. That was the Liberace reference. It's quite a stretch to claim that I was trying to make a comment about his sexuality." says Myers.
He says what prompted the post was McKnight calling him and fellow board member John Thomas jerks, and he didn't appreciate the superintendent not defending school board members.
"I didn't appreciate the superintendent not taking action given the fact that we employ the superintendent as members of the board of education, and its election time. They're trying to come up with an issue because they don't have one right now," explained Myers.
Britton says that she's calling for the board to penalize Myers for the comment.
"I ask for the board to sanction him or in some way provide some kind of consequence for the way he has represented them. I would think that would be upsetting for them. I know those people and I know they're better than that," says Britton.
As for this back and forth exchange, the other board members did not make comments on the allegations. Other topics discussed at the meeting were re-allocation of SPLOST funds and the appointment of five new assistant principals in schools across Muscogee County.
See new assistant principals below:
Mr. Pierre Coffey- Baker Middle
Maurdrice Mcneill- Brewer Elementary
Meredith Adams- Dorothy Height Elementary
Dr. Tabitha Ginther- Brewer Elementary
Zara Williams - St. Mary's Road Magnet Academy
(CORRECTION: In the Tuesday night broadcast airing of this story, WTVM-TV incorrectly reported that Tracy Boyd Britton named, or even suggested, the name of the target of the Facebook post. She did not, nor did she speculate. This has been corrected for follow-up airings and on this web story. WTVM-TV regrets the error.)