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Clawson trustee out over remark

Shawn D. Lewis
The Detroit News

Clawson – — A trustee of the Clawson Public Schools Board of Education resigned after outrage over a flip remark she made at a public meeting earlier this month.

A person attending a Nov. 10 board meeting was discussing food allergies when Trustee Linda Grossmann said, "Well, you should just shoot them," according to a video of the meeting posted on YouTube.

After she made the remark, Grossmann threw up both hands and laughed. Other board members laughed as well, and no one from the audience reacted to her comment.

Grossmann could not be reached for comment.

On Tuesday, six Clawson board members released a letter announcing Grossmann had resigned.

"We were stunned and saddened by a comment recently made by a member of the Board of Education of Clawson Public Schools," the letter read. "Although the comment was an inappropriate attempt at humor, it was most insensitive, and has resulted in the resignation of Linda Grossmann, Clawson Board of Education trustee. It does not represent the views of our district nor our Board of Education.

"We will not permit this single incident to interfere with our mission to continue to meet the needs of all our students."

Superintendent Monique Beels sent a letter to parents, students and staff Tuesday addressing the controversy and Grossmann's tenure.

"An insensitive and hurtful comment was made by a board member," Beels wrote. "This comment referred to individuals with food allergies and was a sad attempt at humor. As a result Mrs. Linda Grossmann has resigned from the Clawson Board of Education, effectively immediately."

Beels did not respond to a phone call for comment.

slewis@detroitnews.com

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