UPDATE – Grand Ledge Board of Education President Denise DuFort is responding on social media to the controversial comments made by Superintendent Brian Metcalf.
ORIGINAL STORY – Comments made by Grand Ledge Public Schools Superintendent Brian Metcalf over George Floyd’s death have sparked outrage.
In one of many comments, Metcalf writes, “it all starts with being a law abiding citizen – had he not paid with counterfeit money, had he not resisted, had he not been under the influence — then there would be no contact with officers; that does not excuse the officer; it just eliminates the conflict to begin with!! It starts with being a good citizen!”
Today Metcalf issued this statement:
Many people feel this is an inadequate measure and are calling for his resignation. A petition has garnered more than 3,000 signatures.
15 year old Amaya Johnson started the petition after finding out about the comments. She says the trust between the community and Metcalf has been broken.
“People are not going to accept what he has to say anymore. How do you read something that he says like that and trust the decisions he makes that influence so many kids in the school district,” Johnson said.
Sara Clark Pierson has been a Grnad Ledge school board member for over 15 years, and says she’s never seen the community speak out about an issue the way they’re doing now.
“This was extremely hurtful to the community and it dredges up other events in peoples lives… I’m getting many people with tears,” Pierson said.