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UPDATE: Shawano School Board passes resolution condemning social media post made by board member, asks for Grams’ resignation

The resolution was passed during an emergency special school board meeting held on Sunday evening
Published: Jul. 12, 2020 at 3:55 PM CDT
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SHAWANO, Wis. (WBAY) - UPDATE: The Shawano School Board has passed a resolution condemning remarks made by a board member on social media, and also asks for the board member’s resignation.

The resolution was held during an emergency special school board meeting at 5:20 p.m. Sunday.

The meeting was held in response to a social media post made by board member Mart Grams, who posted “George Floyd is drug free for 2 months” on his personal Facebook account Saturday evening.

During the meeting, some board members stated they had received requests to seek removal of Grams from the board, however under state law, the school board doesn’t have the authority to remove Grams.

Board members also stated the comments made by Grams don’t reflect the Board, or School District, as a whole.

According to School Board President Tyler Schmidt, the resolution is all the board can do, and Grams doesn’t have to respond to the resolution.

Grams wasn’t present at the meeting, which was held by the eight other members of the school board. The eight members present all voted in favor of the resolution.

As reported earlier on Sunday, Action 2 News reached out to Grams for comment regarding the post, and he issued this statement:

“A joke, period. Anyone can say it was insensitive, or poor taste, but, once the racist cards come out, the raw hatred, we have a very poorly trained generation who cannot deal with the slightest contradiction to what the are told.”

Floyd died while in the custody of Minneapolis Police on May 25, and court documents state a former Minneapolis police officer had his knee on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes. A medical examiner in Minnesota classified Floyd’s death as a homicide, and said his heart stopped while being restrained by police and had his neck suppressed.

The medical examiner’s report also listed Floyd suffered from heart disease and hypertension, and had fentanyl intoxication and recent methamphetamine use.

Floyd’s death has prompted protests regarding systemic racism across the country.

CLICK HERE to watch a recording of the meeting.

ORIGINAL POST: A Shawano School Board member has addressed what some have called a controversial Facebook post made on his personal page.

Mart Grams wrote a post Saturday evening saying “George Floyd is drug free for 2 months”.

Floyd died while in the custody of Minneapolis Police on May 25, and court documents state a former Minneapolis police officer had his knee on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes. A medical examiner in Minnesota classified Floyd’s death as a homicide, and said his heart stopped while being restrained by police and had his neck suppressed.

The medical examiner’s report also listed Floyd suffered from heart disease and hypertension, and had fentanyl intoxication and recent methamphetamine use.

When Action 2 News reached out to Grams about the post, he issued this statement:

“A joke, period. Anyone can say it was insensitive, or poor taste, but, once the racist cards come out, the raw hatred, we have a very poorly trained generation who cannot deal with the slightest contradiction to what the are told.”

We also reached out to Shawano Schools for comment.

Officials responded with this statement:

“Mr. Grams is speaking as an individual and does not represent the other members of the Shawano School Board, the Board as a whole, or for the school district staff. His comments do not reflect the values of the Board, the District, or the community. Mr. Grams is an elected official. Under Wisconsin law, the Board does not have authority to remove or to discipline a member of the Board. An elected school board member may be removed through the electoral process, including through recall, but not by action of the school board.”

Floyd’s death has prompted protests regarding systemic racism across the country.

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