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Derogatory Emails Prompt Talk of Removing School Board Member

May 17, 2018 - 8:05 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - In O'Fallon Illinois there's growing talk about removing a member of the school board from his seat. 

Hundreds of people packed Tuesday night's meeting of the District 90 school board, which lasted nearly 4 hours. Some supported board member Steve Springer, but many more were there to denounce him, especially after emails recovered through a Freedom of Information request were revealed.

Patrick Lawler, a critic of Springer, called the contents of those emails "unacceptable".

“I would say that the situation has drastically escalated given the nature of those emails. It's frightening,” he says.

In one of the emails Springer said the district should not "stand on its head" to accommodate transgender and Muslim students.

 “We’re trying to figure out what the next step will be. At the end of the board meeting one of the other school board members actually brought up the idea of beginning the impeachment proceedings because of the disgusting nature [of the emails],” Lawler says.

Opponents originally packed the meeting to protest Springer's comments about a recent public reading of a children's book in which the protagonist is an African-American girl. They plan to return again in June for the next school board meeting.